Creating Line Art Animations Using Cinema 4D Lite, Cineware, and After Effects

February 26, 2015


This one is for all of you Cinema 4D Lite users! In this tutorial, I’ll reboot my previous tutorial on how I used Sketch and Toon to create line art in C4D. But this time I created an alternate method just for those of you out there who don’t own a full version of Cinema 4D and just have the Lite version that comes for free with After Effects CC and CC 2014. I’ll walk you through the workflow of how to apply strokes to edges of geometry using only the tools available in Cinema 4D Lite. Since a lot of line art is made from basic geometric shapes, the tools available to those who only have Cinema 4D Lite work well to recreate this style of illustration in a 3D space. I’ll then show you how take the color version of your line art C4D file and your outlined version and composite them inside After Effects using Cineware. I touch on some of the basics of Cinema 4D that you need to understand for this technique to work and hopefully get you interested in learning more about Cinema 4D!

If you have any questions, be sure to post them below!  I’ll do my best to try help any of you that are new to Cinema 4D!  Also please share what you make using this workflow, I always love to see what you create!  Have fun!


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  • Dustin Glendinning May 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Great tutorial thanks! I’m pretty new to AE & C4D lite, and this was easy to follow. It just makes me realize how much more I have to learn. Makes photoshop look like a kids toy.

  • This stuff is FANTASTIC. It’s opened up a whole new world for me – I didn’t even know this jank came with CC! I found it when I googled why my new video card wasn’t working with the ray-traced stuff. At first I was like, then I found the first tutorial and was like , yeah!! Will definitely continue to hit this site up for more!

  • Is it actually possible to render MOVs right out of Cinema 4D Lite or are you forced to use Cineware in AE?

  • Great tutorial! I was wondering how I’d get around the lack of a Toon shader in C4D Lite- this worked perfectly ^^

    I made a little animation with it:

  • Your tutorials are great!! Thanks for all the work you put into these videos. You’ve made C4D so easy for me. Thanks!!

  • Has there been any update to C4D Lite since this tutorial to streamline this line art process?

  • Dragos Ionut Botcau February 9, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Hey, I’m trying to get through this tutorial and everything is explained really nicely but I can’t get over the step with the cylinder from circle part because whenever I try to do it, the circle has a weird square inside. I’d love to show a capture to whomever can help me out.

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