There is a feature in Cinema 4D that I think is the most unused, most helpful feature there is. So useful, I’m calling this “The Best Cinema 4D Tutorial Ever!!!” So, what is it? It’s the ability to click on anything in the Cinema 4D interface and pull up the exact section in the manual that describes what it does. Just Right Click or Control Click on the setting you want to know more about and BOOM, you are there.
More Than Words
Of course there are tons of technical descriptions of what is going on behind the scenes in Cinema 4D, but there are also many visual examples to show you exactly what happens when you crank up that slider or click that button.
The Only Cinema 4D Book I’ve Read
You ever wanted a good book on Cinema 4D? No need to buy one just yet. Just print out some of these pages and follow along. There is even a section of tutorials on things like Modeling, Animation, Xpresso and Materials. Ever wonder why there are 9 different GI Modes? It’s in there. Want to know the difference between Mitchell and Cubic Anti-Aliasing? It’s in there, too. Want your render buckets to start from the top instead of from the center? Type in “Bucket Sequence” in the search feature of the help menu and find out how.
Really Nick? The Best Ever?
OK, OK. Video tutorials are still the favorite and most entertaining way to learn. But, I have learned so many useful things from the help menu, it’s worth making sure you know about it. I use it a ton because it’s so accessible and easy to use. When I ever get stuck, I check here first before searching google for tutorials or forum posts. Especially for some of the mundane things that really don’t have a tutorial. Things like learning what the MIN and MAX values do and what the different GI settings do are usually too dry for a video tutorial, but work great in the help. Go give it a try. I think you will be surprised.