Greyscalegorilla Blog http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog no Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastart.jpg http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog Five Second Project “In Paradise” Winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/five-second-project-in-paradise-winners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-second-project-in-paradise-winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/five-second-project-in-paradise-winners/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:33 +0000 Dave Kiss http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16893 Winner

Congratulations to Rickard Bengtsson for winning the “In Paradise” Five Second Project. His entry had buttery smooth animation, a bad word pun, a vibrant color palette, and fantastic complimentary sound design that all came together to create an excellent winning project.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up soon.

Honorable Mentions

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New Greyscalegorilla Store http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/new-greyscalegorilla-store/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-greyscalegorilla-store http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/new-greyscalegorilla-store/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:24:27 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16771 StoreLogo2
You may not have noticed it, but we quietly launched a brand new Greyscalegorilla Store about two months ago. We have wanted to add some features that our old store system just couldn’t handle. So, we decided to build our own store to give our customers and our support team a better experience. We kept it quiet for a bit just to be sure everything was working the way we wanted. But now we think it’s ready for it’s big launch.

So, what did we change?

Well, we added a few new features that we have always wanted. There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that we added to help make everyones life quite a bit easier and to make customer support even better for everyone. Here are three things though, that I think will make the biggest difference for our customers.

1. Automatic Updates and Downloads

Get access to your software anywhere at any time with our new Updates Page. Now you can get a new download or update to the software you have purchased through us with less hassle. Just enter the email you used to purchase your software and receive an email with links to everything you have ever purchased from us including free updates.

Not sure you have the latest version of one of your plugins? Use the same page and be sure you are all up to date.

Visit The Updates Page

2. Build Your Own Bundle

Now you can build your own bundle in the GSG Store. Just add more to your cart and the discount will automatically be taken off your total price. Buy two products, get 10% off. Buy three and get 15%, Buy four or more and get 20% off. The more you buy the more you save.

Not sure what to get? You can choose from some of our pre made bundles below.

Get The Lighting Bundle

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Get the Everything Bundle

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3. New Product Pages

We updated the product pages to be able to show off more about what our plugins and packs can do for you. We added a better “In Action” section that shows off how our customers use our products in real world projects. The new design also adds a “Featured Video” so you can see how each plugin works just by clicking play.

Check out the New Store Page

That is just a few things we have been working on behind the scenes to make our customer experience a bit better. Let us know what you think and if there is anything we can do to make things even easier for you.

Thanks so much to Dave and the team for making this new store a reality.

I really appreciate those of you who have supported Greyscalegorilla. It means a lot.

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Welcome EJ Hassenfratz as a New Tutorial Artist on Greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:18:35 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16711 eyedesyn_cel_shader2
We are always looking for the best tutorial artists to help teach you Cinema 4D. It can be hard to find a talented artist that is also willing to share their workflow. However, add being a great communicator and teacher on top of that and you have the formula for a fantastic tutorial artist. EJ Hassenfratz at Eyedesyn is one of those artists.

We are so excited to welcome EJ Hassenfratz as an official GSG Educator. You can find some of our favorite tutorials from EJ on our tutorials page[1]. We are also looking forward to add some of his future videos, including GSG exclusive tutorials, soon. It’s been great to see EJ grow as a Tutorial artist over the last few years. His humble attitude and inquisitive “how’d they do that?” nature make him a perfect fit for GSG. Join us in welcoming EJ as a part of the Greyscalegorilla training team.

Watch Some Tutorials From EJ.

Eyedesyn’s Reel

Follow Eyedesyn

His stuff will also be posted on his own site, Eyedesyn.
Follow EJ on twitter at @eyedesyn
Check out EJ on Behance.
Learn more about EJ at his About Page[2].

1. Did you know you can filter the Tutorial page by Educator? Just click on the artists name on the left hand side and see only their tutorials.
2. Holy crap, he won an Emmy?

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Introducing Transform v1.2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-transform-v1-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-transform-v1-2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-transform-v1-2/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:45:26 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16683

We just launched a HUGE new update to Transform. This is the biggest update we have ever made to any plugin. We added a bunch of new features in the latest version including the ability to break apart models and text into individual polygons. Then, you can animate each polygon using one of our new presets or using the “Custom Mode” that allows you to make your own animation with no keyframes.

Learn More About Transform

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Animate Individual Polygons

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NEW SuperText™ Plugin Included

SuperText is a new plugin that is included when you purchase Transform. Use it to make animating type and vector logos even easier. Use SuperText with MoText and Transform to create tons of different polygon, texture and subdividing effects.

Like all of our plugins, it’s all procedural so you can change your text at any time. Chop up and subdivide your text without making anything editable.

  • Easily and Evenly Subdivide Your Text – For polygon or chunking effects with Transform.
  • Fix Cubic Projections – to make all your textures perfectly stick to your type with one click.
  • Bake Geometry While Keeping Your Text Parametric – to fix typefaces for rendering or sharing with clients.

Want to see Transform in action inside of Cinema 4D. Watch the video below to learn about how we use Transform to make animated titles, and detailed polygon transitions.

Transform In Action

We made a “What’s New” video that shows some of the new features and modes for the latest version including SuperText, Poly Mode, and some of the new animation presets. Check it out below.

What’s New In Transform v1.2

Thanks for reading and watching about what Transform v1.2 can do for your animation workflow. I really appreciate you checking it out. Please head over to the store if you want to learn more about it or purchase it. Thanks for supporting Greyscalegorilla.

Current Transform Customer?

This is a free update. Visit our Updates Page and enter the email you used to purchase Transform to get your free update.

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First Look: TRANSFORM V1.2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/first-look-transform-v1-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-look-transform-v1-2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/first-look-transform-v1-2/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:55:18 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16671
Here is our brand new demo reel for Transform featuring new effects and animations made with the latest version v1.2. This is our biggest update to Transform ever. It features brand new Poly modes and text effects to help make complex animations easy.

This brand new version will be out tomorrow. This update will be free to existing customers and of course to anyone who buys today. Stay tuned for more videos and renders made with Transform v1.2.

Join our Newsletter for first crack at getting the latest version.

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Cinema 4D Animated GIFs and Renders on Tumblr http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:22:32 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16522 GreenCube1

Not every little render is worth a blog post. But, sometimes, we still want to share it. Follow the new GSG Tumblr to see fun C4D renders, tests gone wrong, tiny animations, upcoming tutorials, product previews, and animated gifs as they happen.

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Visit The GSG Tumblr

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Introducing The SuperText Super Preview http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-the-supertext-super-preview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-the-supertext-super-preview http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-the-supertext-super-preview/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:49:39 +0000 Chris Schmidt http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16579 supertext4
SuperText is a new plugin that we created to help make animating type and vector logos even easier. Use SuperText with MoText and Transform to create tons of different polygon, texture and subdividing effects. In this video, Chris will go over what exactly Supertext does and how it can help make text animation and texturing easier for your next animation.

Like all of our plugins, all of what you are about to see is procedural so you can change your text at any time. Chop up and subdivide your text without making anything editable.

What Exactly Does SuperText do?

  • Easily and Evenly Subdivide Your Text – For polygon or chunking effects with Transform.
  • Fix Cubic Projections – to make all your textures perfectly stick to your type with one click.
  • Bake Geometry While Keeping Your Text Parametric – to fix typefaces for rendering or sharing with clients.

Look for SuperText soon. It will be included in our upcoming release of Transform v1.2.

Watch The Preview

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Five Second Project “Buttons” Winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/five-second-project-buttons-winners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-second-project-buttons-winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/five-second-project-buttons-winners/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Dave Kiss http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16551 Winner

Congratulations to Julia Reck for winning the Five Second Project for May. Her entry had a really unique visual style that looks straight out of a children’s book. The sound design complimented the animation, and the idea for the video resonated with us – a reminder of how annoying we were as kids.

If you like the aesthetic, our latest watercolor tutorial shows how you can achieve a similar effect in Cinema 4D.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up in June.

Honorable Mentions

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Render Challenge “Grapes” Results http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/render-challenge-post/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=render-challenge-post http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/render-challenge-post/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 21:59:22 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16485 Here are some of our favorite results from our very first Render Challenge, “Grapes”. For the challenge, I asked Cinema 4D artists to make the render as close to the original render as possible. It was a challenge to recreate something perfectly. Not to copy them, but to learn what it takes to make a beautiful image and keep some of those lessons in mind for another project. Some of our favorite results are below including one from Jeremy Cox who was nice enough to include his C4D Scene File. I also included mine below. Looks like I need some more practice with SSS textures.

Thanks to those of you who participated. Let me know if this is something we should do more of in the future.

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Jeremy Cox

Download his C4D Scene File

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Erik Major

Sikko vd Ploeg

Nick Campbell

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Eric Roth

Karlis

Renaud Daniel

Xavier Pablo

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John Paite

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Welcome Ivan The Intern http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/welcome-ivan-the-intern/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome-ivan-the-intern http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/05/welcome-ivan-the-intern/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 17:40:05 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16507 IvanStripes
Holy crap, we just hired our first intern, Ivan Mathy. Ivan joins us fresh from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy where he studied Graphic Design and Visual Communication. His year of animated GIFs project really blew us away. So much so that we asked him to come and join us in the GSG studio to help us play with Cinema 4D and motion design. We are so excited to have him here and helping us make beautiful looking stuff.

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Please join us in welcoming Ivan to the Greyscalegorilla studio. You can see more of his work at his blog and at his blog or on his Behance page.

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