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How to Create Pixel Art Renders in Cinema 4D

June 24, 2016 - By 

In this tutorial, we’re going to have some fun creating pixel art inside of Cinema 4D, Cinema 4D Lite, and After Effects!  First I’ll cover the super easy workflow to turn your 3D compositions into pixelated 8 bit style renders directly in of Cinema 4D without any need to bring into Photoshop or After Effects.  Then, I’ll show you how you can use Sketch & Toon to create Nintendo style 8 bit looks devoid of 3D shading.  Scroll down to the bottom to watch another version of my tutorial where I’ll show you the workflow Adobe Creative Cloud users can follow utilizing Cinema 4D Lite and After Effects.  Happy pixelating!

If you want to learn more about Sketch and Toon, be sure to check out my Creating Motion Graphics with Sketch and Toon course on lynda.com that is a comprehensive walkthrough of all the features in Sketch and Toon or the Cel Shader check out my quick breakdown of Sketch & Toon outlines in this tutorial and the Cel Shader in this tutorial.
I also have collections of useful Sketch and Toon ready 3D models in my Sketch and Toon Model Packs that you can turn into 8 bit art that you can find out more about here: Sketch and Toon Model Pack that you can find out more about here.

If you have any questions, be sure to post it in the comments section and if you create anything cool using this 8 bit workflow, I’d love to see it so be sure to share it with me on Twitter!  Thanks for watching!

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Create a Bendy Text Design in Cinema 4D

May 19, 2016 - By 

In this tutorial we’ll recreate this Scandinavian inspired design in Cinema 4D or Cinema 4D Lite!  It’s a design made up of a piece of text with layers peeling away revealing transparency on the backside of peeled back portions.  We’ll break down how you model all the pieces and set up your text so you can smoothly bend the geometry of your text spline or any other spline you’d like to use.  Next, we’ll texture our object, creating the plastic, glass, and wood materials as well as light the scene.  Finally, we will cover how you can easily iterate by changing the text in the Text Spline Object by using Instances.

By the way, this tutorial can be followed along using Cinema 4D Lite that comes for FREE with Adobe Creative Cloud!

And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to post it in the comments section and if you create anything cool using this technique, be sure to share it with me! Thanks for watching!

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How to Create a Plastic Texture in Cinema 4D

May 5, 2016 - By 

In this tutorial I’m going to break down how to create a piece of a “Mini Machine” from this piece by Pixego and how to create plastic textures, including a plastic glass texture.  We’ll build the mini machine, add a 3 point light setup & add the GSG HDRI Studio, and then go over how to texture our objects!

By the way, this tutorial can be followed along using Cinema 4D Lite that comes for FREE with Adobe Creative Cloud!

And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to post it in the comments section and if you create anything cool using this technique, be sure to share it with me! Thanks for watching!

This was recorded live on the C4DLive Twitch stream.  To get alerted for future live design casts & get sneak peeks at new tutorials before anyone else, sign up for the Eyedesyn Newsletter.

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How to Create a Retro Animated GIF in Cinema 4D, After Effects, and Photoshop

April 28, 2016 - By 

In this 2 part tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can create a retro 80’s style animated GIF using Cinema 4D (or Cinema 4D Lite), After Effects, and Photoshop.  We’ll start by first building our
scene inside of C4D and creating all our retro elements.  Then, we’ll light and texture our scene and keep within a retro color palette.In Part 2 of this tutorial, we’ll bring our rendered animation into After Effects and apply effects to turn our crisp rendered 3D and transform it to make it look like a faded VHS tape.  Finally, we’ll render our animation from AE, bring it into Photoshop and I’ll cover how you can turn your animation into an animated GIF.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments!  Be sure to post any examples of you using this technique in your projects as well!  Thanks for watching!

This was recorded live on the C4DLive Twitch stream.  To get alerted for future live design casts & get sneak peeks at new tutorials before anyone else, sign up for the Eyedesyn Newsletter.

Part 1:  How to Create a Retro Style Animated GIF in Cinema 4D

Part 2:  How to Create a Retro Style Animated GIF in After Effects and Photoshop

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How to Apply Cartoon Line Art Outlines to 3D Objects in Cinema 4D Lite

March 3, 2016 - By 


In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can apply cartoonish outlines to your 3D objects in Cinema 4D Lite (or any version of Cinema 4D for that matter).  Using a model from my new Sketch & Toon Model Pack v.3, I’ll show you how you can use a combination of Displacement, Luminance, and Fresnel to turn your 3D model into a piece of stylized, sketchy 2D line art.  Paired with my previous tutorial on how to Achieve 2D Cel Shading in Cinema 4D Lite, you can do a pretty convincing job of creating Sketch & Toon 2D line art out of your 3D models!  And doing this all with a version of Cinema 4D that comes FREE with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.  Pretty dang cool huh?  As always, experimenting with this technique is encouraged to see what sort of interesting compositions you can come up with!  Play with the different Fresnel Shader Render modes, I’ve found success & interesing results with Front and Back, Back Trans, and Front Only.

If you have any questions, be sure to post it in the comments section and if you create anything cool using this technique, be sure to share it with me! Thanks for watching!

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