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Five Octane Quick Tips in Cinema 4D

August 22, 2017 - By 

Over the past couple months I have been putting some beginner Quick Tips in Octane together that I wish I knew when I started using Octane Render inside C4D.

What will I Learn?

We are going to jump into C4D and I am going to show you:

  • Material Refresh (How to fix the issue where the material preview disappears in C4D)
  • Hair Emission (How to make a spline or hair object seen by blackbody emission)
  • Fake Shadows (How to make light pass through specular materials ie. Light Bulb)
  • Fog Animation (How to animate the Fog Volume Object without VDB files)
  • HDRI & Sky Scene Lighting (How to light your scenes with more control using HDRI and Octane Lights)

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Create Nike Flyweave using X-Particles in Cinema 4D

February 21, 2017 - By 

Learn how to create the super popular Nike Flyweave material that you have been seeing in their new commercial animations. X-Particles makes creating Flyweave fabric easy in this Cinema 4D Tutorial.

What will I Learn?

We are going to jump into C4D and I am going to show you how I created the macro shot of the Nike Flyweave material here in my Air Jordan 31 Animation. We will use X-Particles and a couple simple techniques to create this material.

What Flyweave?

Flyknit is the super strong super light fabric pattern and it is all over their CG animated spots.

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36 Best Cinema 4D Tutorials From Greyscalegorilla

December 19, 2016 - By 

Our goal here at Greyscalegorilla is to provide Motion Designers with the best C4D and animation tutorials and workflow plugins on the planet. But sometimes we put out SO MUCH STUFF, it can be hard to watch it all.

That’s why we narrowed it down to our 36 picks for our favorite tutorials of 2016.

Much More Than The Usual Tutorials

Among our usual long form project based tutorials, we also did a video about the differences between Arnold, Octane, and Physical. We also went over What’s new in Cinema 4D R18. We made our first Arnold and Octane tutorials, and we even helped make a documentary about the origin of Motion Graphics.

This and much more can be found below along with over 400 more tutorials on our Tutorials Page. Browse below and catch up on some of our favorites from the last year.

Happy Rendering!

Cinema 4D R18 is HERE!

Create a Graffiti Logo in Cinema 4D

Using the Octane Dirt Node

The First Plugin: The Origin Of Motion Design

How To Make A Dynamic Title Card In Cinema 4D

Place and Deform Objects Along a Surface in Cinema 4D

Setup an Interactive Render Window in Cinema 4D for Faster Feedback

Quick Tip: Octane Random Color Node

3 Favorite X-Particles Modifiers + Arnold Integration Technique

Intro to Soft Body Dynamics in Cinema 4D

Siggraph 2016 Maxon Presentation Videos

Three Ways to Use the Arnold Curvature Map

Create Melting Objects in Cinema 4D

Octane vs Arnold vs Physical – What Renderer is Right for You?

How to Create the Inflatable Object Series – Part 1

Creating Glass Sculptures In Cinema 4D

How To Animate A Blinking Title Card With Mograph and Cinema 4D

9 Cinema 4D Recordings From YouTube and Twitch

Building and Animating a Hexagon Landscape In Cinema 4D

Create the “Micro Jelly” frame using SSS, GSG HDRI Studio and Octane

Create A Fast Dynamic Particle System Using X-Particles

Create an “All Fuzzed Out” Spike Ball with Mograph and Effectors

X-Particles Avoidance in Cinema 4D

Make A Classic Metal Logo In Cinema 4D

Create your own Daily Render Animated Candy Blob GIF

How to Create a Plastic Texture in Cinema 4D

Your Depth Pass is Wrong.

Three Color Correction Basics To Add To Every 3D Render

How to Create Pixel Art Renders in Cinema 4D

Rigging and Animating Whaley

How to Make a Dynamic Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Man from Scratch

Add Hair To A Character In Cinema 4D

Shatter An Object In Cinema 4D R18 with Voronoi Fracture

Getting Started With Arnold Renderer For Cinema 4D

Getting Started With Cinema 4D: Intro To Cinema 4D Dynamics

Create A Microscopic Look In Cinema 4D


Create Melting Objects in Cinema 4D

July 19, 2016 - By 

After many requests it was time to jump in and show you all how I created my “Asymmetric Melt Series”. We are again going to dive into Cinema 4D’s awesome Sculpting tools to make our objects drip and melt!

In this Tutorial you will:

  1. Use modeling tools to prep your object

  2. Jump into Cinema 4D’s sculpting tools to refine your drips and add detail

  3.  Set up some materials and lighting in Octane

Below are select frames we will be able to create from the tutorial:

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Creating Swirly Patterns with X-Particles

June 14, 2016 - By 

I needed to replicate the look of a Houdini particle system”Swirly Trails” for a client. I jumped right into X-Particles and started coming up with these interesting patterns inside of Cinema 4D.

In this Tutorial you will:

  1. Create multiple designs and patterns fully driven from X-Particles

  2. Texture the object using Octane Render and Cinema 4D


Below are select frames we will be able to create from the tutorial:




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