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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 Wet Roads Using Octane In Cinema 4D

March 28, 2017 - By 

Learn how to create wet roads and streets using mix materials in Octane using Cinema 4D.

What will I Learn?

We are going to jump into C4D and I am going to show you how to use high resolution textures and Octane Mix Materials to make puddles and wet roads.

Why Wet Roads?

They create more interest than a dry road, better contrast in the camera, capture more reflection and well…. they just look cooler.

What We Are Making:



Site for great textures:


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.

What We Are Making:





Speed Up your HDRI Workflow in Octane with HDRI Link

January 10, 2017 - By 

In this tutorial, Chad will break down the typical HDRI workflow in Octane and demonstrate how much faster it can be with HDRI Link. Typically, testing out several different HDRI’s in your scene can be time-consuming and cumbersome. Basically a pain in the butt.  HDRI Link sets out to solve that by making the process easy and dare we say fun? HDRI Link is available here for $69 and ships with 10 example HDRIs AND a free Bonus HDRI Expansion Pack with 20 HDRs.

Interesting side note regarding HDRI Link: Roughly 90% of all the images on the @gsg_3d Instagram account used HDRI Link. Even @lockedandloading swears by it.


Quick Tip: Octane Random Color Node

November 22, 2016 - By 

Variation is the Key

In this quick 9-minute video, we learn how to create random variation effects in Octane for Cinema 4D. The key to realism is variation. Often you want to create slight variations across many objects but you don’t want hundreds of materials to do so. One way to achieve this in Octane is using the Random Color node to drive many attributes in ONE SHADER. Hope you dig this quick tip!

Here is the same technique using Arnold.


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