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Using Volume Displacement in Cinema 4D and Arnold

March 13, 2019 - By 

Turn a Polymesh object into a surreal celestial render using C4D noise and Volume Displacement in Arnold.

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In this quick tutorial, Shawn Astrom shows you how to turn a polymesh model into a Lee Griggs style render. You can also refer to the Arnold documentation here to take a deeper dive into the process.

Let’s dive in.

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3 Quick Tips for Better and Faster Redshift Renders in Cinema 4D

March 8, 2019 - By 

In this Redshift tutorial, learn how to get rid of noise, animate with depth of field, and more.

With these three easy tips, you’ll learn a few things Nick picked up while going through the Greyscalegorilla Guide to Redshift. Learn how to properly set up your render settings for even faster and better results.

Let’s dive in, and you can also read all the tips down below.


Tip 1: Bring Clone Colors in Redshift

First let’s talk about color. This scene uses Fields in Cinema 4D, but the colors used don’t appear in Redshift. You’ll need to apply a Redshift Material to your cloner. Read More


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C4D News: Cinebench R20 and Save Up to 60% on Cinema 4D Upgrades

March 7, 2019 - By 

The latest version of Cinebench is here. You can also save big on Cinema 4D R20 upgrades, and Maxon took home an Academy Award.

It’s been a busy 2019 for Maxon. Not only are they still riding the wave of a big Cinema 4D R20 release at the end of 2018, the company spent early 2019 at the Academy Awards and just announced a significant update to Cinebench.

Let’s dive into the big Cinema 4D news.


Cinema 4D R20 Upgrade Super Sale

Right now through March 29th at 3PM PST, you can save big on R20 upgrades. Customers with ANY previous C4D release can upgrade to Cinema 4D R20 for $1,695. Read More


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NAB 2019: Join Us at the MoGraph Meetup and MAXON Greyscalegorilla Booth

March 6, 2019 - By 

GSG is back at NAB for another year of presentations, parties, and so much more! Come join us in all the fun.

It’s time again for the biggest production show in the world, NAB. The 2019 NAB Show will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 6th through the 11th. The show floor opens up on Monday April 8th, and we’ll have our own Greyscalegorilla station at the MAXON booth.

We’ll also have plenty of events planned for the week, including last year’s big party, the MoGraph Meetup. Read More


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Interview: Maxon’s Academy Award-Winning MoGraph Tools

March 5, 2019 - By 

Cinema 4D’s Lead Developer talks about the now Academy Award-winning MoGraph toolset in C4D, which earned a Scientific and Technical Award.

Though the films themselves often take the spotlight during the Oscars, this celebration of achievement in production extends far beyond the last year’s movie releases. In addition to the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) celebrates outstanding achievements with Scientific and Technical Awards.

We previously talked about Cinema 4D’s MoGraph tools earning a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and since we have had the opportunity to talk with Maxon’s Cinema 4D Lead Developer Per-Anders Edwards about their achievement.

Here’s our conversation.


Per-Anders Edwards Interview

Per-Anders Edwards at the award ceremony. Image via Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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It is now with a heavy heart, I write this post…

February 22, 2019 - By 

Nine years ago I met the biggest Cinema 4D fan ever. This guy talked faster than I did, and he was so passionate about learning and teaching. After watching his live tutorial about Cinema 4D’s new dynamics system, I knew he should be a huge part of the future of Greyscalegorilla.

Chris Schmidt (and his two brothers, Danny and Joe) have brought enthusiasm and passion to absolutely everything they have worked on.

It is now with a heavy heart, I write this post…

Chris will be stepping down from his full-time position at Greyscalegorilla to pursue his new adventure in 3D. He and his brothers will continue working very closely with Greyscalegorilla on your favorite Cinema 4D plugins and tools.

Chris’s energy and passion for teaching are second to none and he will certainly be missed. We cannot wait to see what Chris and his two talented brothers do next.

We wish them all the best,
Nick + the Greyscalegorilla Team


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Create a CMYK 4-Color Process Shader with Arnold + Free Download

February 6, 2019 - By 

Give an RGB image a 4-color CMYK printed look with this Arnold shader. Plus download the free scene file to follow along with and experiment.

In this tutorial, you’ll see how Chad created an Arnold shader that created a 4-color CMYK printed look in Cinema 4D.

The CMYK 4-color process is a look you’re likely familiar with if you’ve ever seen a newspaper or studied a magazine up close. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black are combined layer by layer as tiny dots, which then combine to create the final look. You may have heard other terms like Four Color Printing, 4CP, Full Color Printing, or Process Printing. Read More


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HDRI Packs: Now Over 450 HDRI for Cinema 4D

February 4, 2019 - By 

With the new Modern Industrial HDRI Pack, you can now get nearly 500 HDRI from Greyscalegorilla.

Looking for more organic looks to bring your renders to life? Introducing HDRI Modern Industrial, 20 OpenEXR high-dynamic-range images for Cinema 4D.

These twenty industrial workspaces and modern exteriors will help you achieve a professional commercial look. Environments include modern office spaces, stairwells, lobbies, and atriums.

Originally released as a limited time exclusive for select HDRI Link Suite owners, Modern Industrial is now publicly available for the first time.

Want all 450+ HDRI? Save big and grab the Greyscalegorilla HDRI Suite. Get all of our HDRI plugins and packs. That includes our top-selling plugins and industry-staples like Pro Studios Metal and the ultra-HDRI Ultimate Skies.

HDRI SUITE

Hundreds of options, countless possibilities. Find your look with HDRI from Greyscalegorilla.

Swap looks with speed and ease using our plugins, the industry-beloved HDRI Link and HDRI Studio Rig, and over 450 high-dynamic-range images.

Greyscalegorilla HDRI Suite

SAVE OVER $450

Do you hop between using Physical and third-party renderers? Make things easier with the Greyscalegorilla HDRI Suite. Get HDRI Link, HDRI Studio Rig, Modern Industrial plus all of our other HDRI packs.

GET HDRI SUITE NOW!

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Creating FUI for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Shows, and More

January 31, 2019 - By 

Fantasy User Interface (FUI) artist Robyn Haddow talks about her experience building functional interfaces for films, television, video games, and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Credit: Marvel Studios

Motion graphics artist Robyn Haddow is a dreamer, and as a successful freelancer specializing in creating fantasy user interfaces (FUI), she gets to dream plenty. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor, Transformers, Mile 22, and Bumblebee—those are just a handful of the feature films for which Haddow has designed screen graphics and holograms.

She’s also worked on games, including Batman: Arkham Origins and several TV series in the DC Universe as well as televisions shows on networks such as Netflix, FOX, CW, NBC, TNT and CBS. Read More


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Greyscalegorilla Is Hiring Artists, Educators, and Developers

January 30, 2019 - By 

Greyscalegorilla is looking for freelance motion designers, 3D artists, trainers, educators, and plugin developers.

We may look scary, but we’re actually about to fight over the last donut.

Greyscalegorilla is looking for talented motion designers, 3D artists, and developers who are tired of corporate projects and looking to work with a small creative team.

We are not looking for 3D rockstars or design ninjas, just genuinely good people.

Check out the jobs page for more details.

Current Openings:

  • After Effects + Element 3D Artist (Contract Freelance)
  • Cinema 4D + Houdini Trainer (Contract Freelance)
  • Adobe CC After Effects Developer (Contract Freelance)
  • Content Creator / Educator (Freelance)

Interested in working with our small creative team? Browse our open positions on the Jobs page, and apply where you feel qualified.

These jobs are contract freelance positions. Pay and project length are based on experience.


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Making a Spiderverse-Inspired Shader in Arnold

January 24, 2019 - By 

Inspired by the web-slinging animated film, learn how to create an Arnold shader in the style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.

I recently watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and was completely blown away by that movie. The lighting, the shading, the half-tone pattern techniques all blew me away. Wanting to emulate shaders in this style, I came up with C4D Arnold material with half-tone patterns and cross hatching.

In this tutorial you will learn about the techniques the animators used to create the film, and then follow along as we attempt to recreate this look in Arnold. Read More


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Allegorithmic’s Substance is Coming to the Adobe Creative Cloud

January 23, 2019 - By 

Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, the makers of Substance. This brings one of the industry’s best tools in creating 3D textures and materials to the Creative Cloud.

Adobe is taking a huge step into 3D with this acquisition. While Adobe’s 3D offering Dimension bridges a gap for 2D artists, it has not been largely adopted by the professional 3D market. However, Allegorithmic’s Substance has become a standard tool among many 3D artists and studios in a variety of industries, so the move is a big play to bring those users into the Adobe Creative Cloud. Read More