Clones, Step Effector, and Atom Array Tutorial for Cinema 4D

April 23, 2012 - By 

In this tutorial, I try to recreate some of the effects in Ion’s beautiful Spherical Animation using the Cloner, Step Effector, Atom Array, and Cel Renderer. I also show you how to do the final composite in After Effects.

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  • Hi guys,

    in this video its all about spheres, circles and a bounge of other round things. Thanks GSG for the great Tutorials and all the inspiration.

  • I have been using Cinema 4D for quite some time now and it is way better than Maya and other 3D software.

  • The selection of the inside of the bowl is much easier with Phong Break Selection.

  • Hi Gorilla´s
    I love the tutorial, BUT I’m hear Cinema 4D R13, and is wondering if you could tell me if it can be done in that version as well ?

    (no cloth NURBS?)

    • Yes, this should work fine in R14.

    • R13 has the clothnurbs: but check your version! Only broadcast and/or studio version has the Mograph, dynamics and hair stuff.

      So If you don’t have the cloth NURBS, follow along.
      1. Create sphere (select hemisphere) and make it editable.
      2. Duplicate the hemisphere (if it’s normal size (100 radius), scale the copy 1.01 up in X-Y-Z coordinates. (depends on the thickness you prefer).
      3. Select ‘Polygon selection tool’ (see Nick’s tut)
      4. select BOTH spheres (otherwise it wont work properly)
      5 rightclick in viewport window > Create polygon (shortcut M – E)
      6 close the edge of the spheres by connecting the points of both spheres!

      It’s a bit more work to make the thickness in your object, but if you’re done with that, you can continue to follow the tutorial!


  • As I’m trying this tutorial, I want to zoom into the form a bit more, but as you turn up the count for the clones, the gaps between the spheres gets bigger.

    Like, the cloth nurbs’ added thickness seems to get smaller faster than the model does.
    any way around this?
    I tried putting the cloner with a basic hemisphere inside a cloth nurbs, but the same thing still happened.

  • Hi!! here is with what i ended up, after following this amazing tutorial!!
    Hoe you guys liked it. Comments are more than welcome.

    Thanks Nick!! for everything you share to the community,

  • I had to pause the video and say: “I love you Nick!”.

    P.S. I am not gay. :))))

  • Hey this is great man! Iv got a problem with the key frames though… animating the sphere (cloner) is fine but when i try to animate/record the ‘step’ part in a certain time period, it doesn’t do it. Instead, it fixes the final ‘step parameter rotation’ degrees and add that to the whole animation when i only want the step to animate after i’v moved the sphere.

  • Thanx for the Tutorial gorilla 🙂
    Just one tip for those applying the tutorial, a faster way to choose the inner polygons of the hemisphere would be to use “loop selection” under “Selection” .
    Shortcut for it :
    pressing “U” then “L” …

  • Thanks for the tut man! it´s awesome! and you´re a great teacher, as well!
    This is my result of the tutorial. The cameras look weird, but I may be it´s ok for being my first C4D&AE project. 🙂

  • this is such a wonderful composition!! original and redo! thanks Nick!

  • Great stuff as usual man!

  • just couldn`t resist to try this cool stuff on my own. here`s the result

  • just couldn’t resist to try this cool stuff on my own. here’s the result

  • Would you or anyone for that matter have any idea how to create this effect specifically? The lines are as crisp as a cel render but with multiple colors and I can’t pinpoint the deformer being used either.

    Any insight majorly appreciated 🙂

  • Is it possible to give a hemisphere thickness in any other way than “Simulate”? I am working in C4D Lite.

  • Hey, nice one like always, using loop selection and fill selection gonna speed up your workflow:)

  • Hej Nick and all the others. Check out how that technique looks on type.

  • I love this stylish tut… I was trying to recreate the same look in After Effects with Plexus, but the result is not comparable with yours! Amazing! 😀

  • Guys please, where is the tutorial? I only see the Sample render video… Please help me out haha cheers

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