How To Use Global Illumination For Realistic Light in Cinema 4D

December 7, 2010

In this tutorial, I show you how to light a simple scene using luminant materials and global illumination in Cinema 4D. First, I show you how to set up, model and texture the scene using Mograph type and simple primitives. Then we use GI to realistically light the scene.

Global Illumination is notorious for being hard to use and slow to render. It can definitely be tricky to get it looking right without rendering all day. That’s why I also try to explain a bit about how GI works and things we can do to make it do what we want and get it faster. I hope to be talking much more about GI as Iv’e been taking quite a liking to it lately. Especially for still renders. Enjoy!

This tutorial is based on this awesome piece called Let There Be Light by Jeff Osborne. Big thanks to Jeff for making such a great looking render!

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234 Comments
  • YEAHH I AM FIRST
    great tutorial Nick
    Hope you can do one i requested

  • Greaaaaaaat πŸ˜‰ !!!!!!

  • COOL,.thankyou so much nick πŸ˜€ i always adore your works!

  • Very nice work! This came along at the perfect time. A HUGE thank you.

  • Hi Nick, great work!
    What would you use instead of GI for animating amazing looking scenes if it is best only for still images?

  • Been trying that part out UMPteen times. Have to check how have you cracked this.
    Thanks for the rescue Nick!

  • you forgot the cord from the light on the ground, just saying… Thanks, pretty useful stuff

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  • Nice tut nick! always like learning extra tricks!

    Back in march when I got back into cinema, one of the first things I rendered was a GI still using the lights and the chair from the included ‘Quiet Room’ scene by Dave Davidson (@Dave_A_Davidson http://renderpimp.com)

    check it out, complete with one yellow tinted light! (accidentally at the time though πŸ™‚
    http://paulagostinelli.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/name-in-lights.jpg

  • Ha, bouncing off the walls! I didn’t think off that until you were talking how GI tries to emulate ‘real rooms’. At that point I figured additional walls would help. And then 2 seconds later you said it πŸ˜€
    You’re hands down the best teacher I’ve ever known, Nick.
    Keep it up!

  • Hi Nick ,
    Just wanted to share that those light rods can be found in the Content Browser in Presets > Studio > Render > Quiet Room.c4d πŸ™‚
    Thanks and Cheers

    • which happen to be mine but for some reason peeps aint giving the credit to me πŸ™ never mind lol. this has to be the 4th time now that i know off πŸ™‚

    • Hey Dave

      Im really sorry if you feel like this mate.
      The idea came from the Bible Genesis 1:3.
      I had a post on abduzeedo.com http://abduzeedo.com/amazing-3d-typography-jeff-osborne
      a while back and some guy said the same. I had a pop at him saying that i didnt even know that the set up was there in cinema. A likely story you may ask, but the truth nether the less. But as you did create quiet room before i had created Let there be light, i should credit you with the idea of the tube lights, even if i didnt know you had created them!

      Jeff

    • all i can say to that is hmm ships with c4d, made in c4d and light tubes made in 3d. all at the time you made urs lol OH PLEASE ffs but ofcourse it was all ur idea to hand light tubes in c4d and use gi with a skirting board on the wall at the exact time i did the same and even shipped it with c4d. I dont want to derail Nicks site but Please im not 2

    • Hey listen take it how you like, thats your choice.
      Im telling you how it is.
      End of conversation

    • As far as I see, nobody did anything maliciously. I gave credit to Jeff who inspired, and I assume that Jeff would do the same if you were in fact the source of his inspiration.

      I really dig your renders, Dave. But, it looks like there might be coincidental that you both have fluorescent bulbs in your renders. The best part is, you both have great looking renders and do great work. That’s really the important part here isn’t it?

      Group Hug?

    • Thank you Nick for stepping in.
      I get most of my inspiration from the Bible.
      Dave I am truly sorry the way you feel, if it was your work
      that had inspired me, I would of given you credit.
      I have also looked at your site and your models and renders are fantastic and far beyond what I could do.

    • Haha, not to stir the pot but really? A bible verse that said let there be light gave you the idea to do almost a 100% similar piece. Wow! I ought to hit up church more and increase my faith cause that there is some devil breath and some weird powers at work.
      EEEEEks!

      Perhaps though, the creator of the bible saw into the future and loved Dave’s render so much that it inspired the verse. Bible author please come forth and give Dave a high five!

      Now lets talk 5 second projects here, they seem to be in the dark. Ahem . . . let there be light on this matter Nick! πŸ™‚

    • Sweet, nice pieces. I dig the distressed textures. I should look for inspiration maybe from the Montreal Gazette. Their headlines are always killer. Such as

      “Elder St Leonard man startled by pyro prostitute strike on STM”

  • Hey Nick

    Thanks for the shout out on the Tut!
    Great as always mate.

    If anyone wants to check out my behance page, i’ve got
    some other stuff there you all might find interesting.
    http://www.behance.net/osbjef
    I was a real GI and HDRI freak back in the day!
    behance.net/gallery/3D-Personal-work/129933

    Jeff

  • really good tut nick! πŸ™‚
    and i have a question

    is possible to adjust the gloom/bloom from lamps inside c4d? whitout goes out to ps for post adjustment?

    ps tweaks are great and mostly needed, but maybe we can achieve better results inside cd4? also, to get more blurry reflex comes from ground, maybe increase the reflexion material could help to “bump” or i just think wrong? a thinnest noise could also help on image aspect?

    • There is a glow option in the render settings, but it’s fairly poor.

    • Adding the glow in Photoshop or AfterEffects just keeps things more flexible, rather than risking your beautiful render being ruined without the possibility to remove the effect.

      Before Cinema had blurred reflections a very fine bump map was the only option. Blurred reflections are much better although far slower to render.

  • Hi Nick! This is great!!
    I was thinking about that, if we make the letters -> rigid body, and the floor is the collider, and we just let the letters fall down… may be we get some similar result. What do You think? I’ll try it.
    Have a great day to everyone!

  • I have a question about your render vs. Jeff’s. In his render, it looks like he has some strange lighting effects going on. If you notice, especially on the under side of the dot of the i, on the left and underside of the g, the inside of the b and the e, it seems like there is light where there should be shadow.

    Your render looks more realistic, and you can tell exactly where the light is coming from, but I kind of like the effect that Jeff’s render has.

    Is it just me, or is something a little strange going on there? And if so, how do you think he accomplished it? Is it just more reflected light coming from the adjacent letters?

  • Miam, I’ll go fastly see that ! Great shot Nick πŸ˜‰

  • Whoah! 12 core? Mac Pro I’m guessing? How much did that cost you? Great Tutorial, thanks.

  • Really fantastic tutorial Nick. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this, and giving away all the small tips that really make it come together. Keep up the good work man!

  • nice show! Boring issue – but the time flew by πŸ˜‰

  • Damn, seeing your machine render amkes me jealous, what about your bucket size, is it custom or is it on auto?

    Any theories on bucket sizes ?

  • Damn, seeing your machine render makes me jealous, what about your bucket size, is it custom or is it on auto?

    Any theories on bucket sizes ?

  • Hey Nick,

    Thanks for another great tutorial. Here’s my try:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gjtenhove/5241998437/

    I coulndt get the render bright enough with the lights. I even crancked the brightnes up to 800% and coloured the walls and ceiling white to get more brightnes. It dindnt work untill i turned up the gamma from 2.2 to 4 and made the back wall and floor a bit lighter. Where did i do something wrong?

    By the way, it took my iMac G5 intell core duo 2Ghz about an hour to render. And because its night in Holland it took two beers instead of a coffee to wait for it.

    Gerrit Jan

  • Nick it feels like you are running out of knowledge and your “how to render” tutorials are getting repetitive, how about making something REALLY realistic?

  • i kinda agree with FishScale Cokezilla.
    Id like to talk about ir + qmc (animation)
    that think makes animation flickering more than the (still image) preset.

    I tried a couple of animations and the above is what ive found.

    id love the see a video explanation on it and its settings.

  • Kool,
    what about 5sp ?

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  • Its also kinda funny that you call this GI / Realistic light…

    there’s absolutely nothing realistic about your or the example you’re using, for realistic reference please refer to Alex Roman or artists alike

    • It’s more about realistic light calculations from GI (light bounce etc) than a photo-realistic image study.The tut. showed you how to get a close approximation of the original image, which was itself not supposed to be a real world scene.

    • Can we have a link to YOUR tutorial site Fishscale?

  • Anyone have any insight on colored or neon lights?

    http://hamsonb.deviantart.com/art/Color-Bulbs-188854649

  • Hi Nick, just wanted to clear up some things for people here about lights and GI.
    The C4d lights are all capable of been used with GI renders (i think it came accross like they were no good for it in your first segment.I’m guessing that wasn’t your intention).
    The R12 basic lights even have photometric settings to imatate real world lighting values.
    IES lights include data from the manufacturers for shape/fall-off etc.

    The second thing i need to mention is that the specular option on materials is also calculated during GI renders.The effects are not as pronounced as in non-GI, but when cranked-up they work.

    Lastly i’d like to thank Nick for taking the time to pass on the things he’s (by his own admission) learning, and wish other posters on this blog would stop saying something is dull, just because they already know it or don’t want to.
    To me this blog is about sharing knowledge with those who want to learn, and helping each other(and Nick)improve those C4d skills.

    • Thanks for the great info, Cheebacops. I really appreciate it! Still learning as I go for sure.

    • Here here! Nick is kinda just showing us “Loop it, Swoop it and Pull” but we all have to tie our own shoelaces. If you already know how to tie your shoes then move on to tying the Chinese Pan-Chang Knot and share with all how you did it.

      As for that Alex Roman guy, WHOA! that is the Pan-Chang of realistic rendering hands down. Crazy.

      Also cheers to Nick for your time and info. It’s not easy one bit to record a fluent and organized tutorial one bit. For some one to even just learn one small tip or trick or get an idea to try something different in their own style then mission accomplished for the creator and the viewer.

    • Oops, forgot to credit the movie Big Daddy for that Loop it Swoop it analogy . . . πŸ™‚ such a cheeky bas#*rd I am.

  • Thanks for your time Nick, you looked/sounded a little out of it πŸ™‚

    In terms of saving render time and an animated scene, what do most of you use in post to create a DOF look. The DOF in Cinema obviously takes ages. I did a animation render test of this image and I had to stop it because it took nearly 2 days (i know.. holy crap!)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/55487112@N04/5243343880/lightbox/

    • You can get some not bad results by setting up a depth pass and render it out as a multipass layer. In AE use it to fake DOF. C4D cafe would have lots of info on this in forum and tutorials.

    • Depending on the composition of your shot, you can fake it in AE. Render out your foreground, midground and background as separate passes. Comp them in AE and apply blur to get your desired result. You can also use masking in AE on a shot that’s not layered.

      There are other ways i.e. plug-ins etc but this is the cheap and easy way.

  • Great tutorial! Here’s my attempt. I thought I would try to build some Kinos.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/56813660@N04/5242786907/lightbox/

  • Another gorillatastic tutorial nick!

    Here is what I came up with

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ran_han/5242984733/

  • Here’s what I did with it…
    Did some text and added the neon inside them! πŸ˜‰

    http://gonsalvesmario.tumblr.com/post/2141822142/neon-lights

    Check out my youtube also by clicking on my name!

  • Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It’s always fun to watch your tutorials!!
    Cheers!

  • Nick, I have a question about your FAVE list when you use C4D font pop up. Have you been able to delete out of your favourites? I cant seem to do so. Also when I open FontBook I don’t even get a Favourites list to manage. ??? Hate FontBook, haha

  • Hi Nick! I tried the rigid body vs. collider theme. You said : “not enough control”. I would say: almost nothing control :).
    I hoped, that after the falling, I could move the letters. I’m so unexperienced. Yet.
    Well, the niggling around the starting position to get different results seems it takes more time, than just setting it Your way.
    Thanks, it was something to learn! ..and more to come. Have a great day!

    • The mograph dynamics major flaw is the lack of control over the resulting simmulation.
      If anyone at Maxon knows of a way to gain access to the simulation data, please tell us.

      I’ve tried using the mograph cache tag to bake the frame, then do make editable/current state to object, but the sim always resets.

      There must be a way to do it as the data is there somewhere, but even xpresso is no help it seems.

  • Hers my first try before I saw the tutorial
    http://www.tom3d4.com/storage/gi%20tut%20copy.jpg
    and hers what I came up with after seeing the tut.
    http://www.tom3d4.com/storage/gi%20tut%202.jpg

  • Hi Nick! Awesome tut as usual! I was just wondering about one thing. Out on a tutorial on Pariah Studios (http://vimeo.com/11022627) I saw that Robert Redman used a normal-inverted cube as a room for his lighting. I was wondering if there was any advantage over using an inverted cube to 4 planes for the bouncing of light rays? Or do they just do the same thing anyways…. o_O

    • It’s the same thing, just something to bounce light off.However you can find the cube is less versatile with regards to camera placement.
      You can also cheat better fill lighting effects with floating planes because you can angle them to bounce light into poorly lit areas. This can be an immense help in some scenes as you don’t need to increase the diffuse count so much.

      In c4d (as far as i know)there is no need to invert the cubes normals as long as you use the default double sided setting for your materials.
      Other 3d progs are much fussier about normals for light interaction.

    • Sweet πŸ™‚ thanks a lot guys

  • Hello all !

    Here is my try :
    http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/1036/tutoglobalillumination.jpg

    Very instructive tutorial !
    For the text I used Mograph.
    I pressed the play button and then with a little rigid body cube, I modified the placement of the letters…
    And I could modify the text if I want !

    Thank you Nick for this tutorial and see you tonight for the GSG Live !

    Flo

  • Once again, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge
    Here is my attempt : http://gom3z.deviantart.com/art/NeonBZ-188900049?q=&qo=

  • Hey Nick, great and informative tutorial as always! I just wanted to share this simple but ultra useful plugin I use often. It’s called “Drop to Floor” and can be found here

    http://www.kuroyumes-developmentzone.com/products_cinema_4d.html

  • Hi Nick, hi folks,

    I am writing from Hungary, Europe, and I must say that these tuts are the most interesting, most user-friendly, most understandable tutorials what I have ever saw. Thank you Nick for your efforts, I learned a lot from your videos.

    here is my final product (after PS) from this: http://www.heiligandras.com/global_illum_tut_final.jpg

  • Thank Nick for another great tutorial, I always learn something new here. IΒ΄think maybe the standard way of lightning would provide a faster result. Instead of using the luminance channel to light the scene, using area lights and applying them to the objects (Cylinders, in this case). With the physically accurate falloff and very soft shadows it might provide similiar results. Worth doing a little test, imo:)

  • Hi all, I have a problem with c4d r12, install it and sends me this error.

    http://www.imagengratis.org/images/help.jpg

    not because everything comes clear if I can help I would greatly appreciate …

  • Can somebody help me customizing the timeline ruler to display the frame number every 2 frames (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, …) instead of every 5 (0, 5, 10, …)?

    Like this: http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6876/c4d0.jpg

    Thank you very much.

  • Hello, Nick if I was to create a Christmas tree with these “bulb” lights how would I do it…

    I tried cloner object but it seems not to work the way I want it …

    http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6454/howtoq.png

    Above is the concept don’t know how to really do it…

    Thanks
    Regards

    • I thinkk my way would be to split that spline into two and run a sweep nurbs. Then I’d just add the buld end caps to the top and bottom points on the sweeps to cover up where they don’t connect. This would be an easy way.

      Other wise you can use spline wrap and that will bend your tube light along the spline. Your Cylinder will need to be very tall and have tones of height segments so it can bend smooth around those tight corners. Also change the intermediate points on the spline to natural or uniform πŸ˜‰

  • Great tutorial! Thank you, Nick!

  • hi nick
    i’m aladdin from libya -tripoli
    you surprise us every day your awsome ideas ,works ,kindness,activities
    you are really great man ,it’s not comity,this the truth
    I’m appreciate the creative
    i wish all good things for you
    bye

  • GREAT TUTORIAL ! πŸ˜‰ THANKS NICK , You are very well known here in PORTUGAL for your work.
    here is my final product

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1632657770903&set=a.1632657730902.2085048.1070401404

  • I went beyond the still frame and made a little story. The mystery and boldness of white.

    Cool tips as always Nick.

  • I went beyond the still frame and made a little story. The mystery and boldness of white.

    http://vimeo.com/17633383

    Cool tips as always Nick.

  • A++ for the tutorial Nick!!!

  • I like to comment while its rendering.. hehe! 5 mins have past. πŸ™ Quick question. the glow.. will caustics help to get that straight in c4d?

  • as always thanks…

    my try..

    http://flic.kr/p/8ZGiT5

    different bulbs, same technique…

  • HI Nick

    Thanks for your tutorials, they really help me a lot with cinema 4d.

    I have been using C4D for the past two months.And i always follow your vids.

    THis is what i did following your GI tut.

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Global-Illumination-Test/854703

    THanks again and keep up doing your tuts.

  • hi nike,

    great stuff!

    here is my output from your tutorial:

    http://flugfeld53.at/greyscale_GI_03.jpg

    Thank you very much for your efforts!

  • Hi Nick,
    Some great tutorials you have got here. Sometimes I like to relax with a book, do you know any decent C4D book? I am beginner in c4d but advanced in after effects?

    thanks

  • I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve been following along with the tutorials for some time now (love em). This is my attempt, with a twist. http://chris192.deviantart.com/art/Light-3D-Test-189135375

  • Your website is my bible, man!
    I was looking for tutorials for C4D and I found a lot of great stuff here, i’m learning a lot thanks to you.

    That’s my version of your tutorial: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=1751788435471&set=a.1530322098951.2069117.1261699477

    Thanks man, and greetings from Argentina!!

  • Hey,

    thanks that was a great tut, learned a lot of global illumination. Here is my attempt on this http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/6523/gilights.jpg

  • hey man thnks a loooot!! i love that tutorial!
    i have a question… how can i solve that problem with the font’s… they look so dark
    http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3673/akaroprueba.jpg

    btw thnks a lot!
    i’ve been using cinema 4d since.. around 2 weeks ago, and i’ve learned a lot with that website! πŸ˜€

    • Hi xstean, your whole scene looks underlit, try to increase the diffuse count and make sure your light bouncing walls aren’t too far away from the main comp.

      If you’re happy with the overall scene lighting and just want lighter Text, try altering the text materials illumination setting for “recieve gi strength”

      Hope this helps.

  • Hey Nick !! you’re the best teacher ever on C4D !

    some tests from my own on this page.

    http://s.p.25.free.fr/wordpress/?p=520

    go on like this !

    from France

  • hey nick, another great tutorial, thx 4 the tip with the 2.2 gammer value in r11.5

    but i have a little question, in you tut you say that you have set c4d tu have the standard render settings 16:9 and so on. could you explain how u did this ? i tried but found no setting.

    greets

  • Thanks for a great and informative tutorial, Nick. Put together some different setups with different types of lights:

    http://goo.gl/KCdta

    I’m using Ambient Occlusion along with GI, and though I like the results, I’ve noticed I get a bit of dark splotchiness in the corners and where the walls meet the floor, almost looking like dirty walls. Any thoughts on why this happens?

  • Hey nick…

    Got a question for you or anyone that can help me with this:
    I wanted to try out this tutorial as well, but instead of a still image, I wanted to give it some motion. Where the hanging light-bulbs are flying into the scene. But I got a bit of a problem with this! I’m trying to give them some natural dynamics swinging from the cord they are attached from. But I can’t seem to get this done. I’ve made some tests and this is what I got so far: http://vimeo.com/17765679
    I can get the cord to swing without the light-bulb, I can get the light-bulb to swing correctly using chains (from your dynamic chain tutorial), but when I attach the light-bulb to the cord, it just falls to the ground and stretches out the cord?! Any idea how I can solve this? So that my light-bulb attached to the cord is swinging just like the chained one?

    Thanks fabian

  • Simpy awesome tutorial. Thanks

  • My question is, about GI in animation, i want to use it in Animation (beacouse give great look), but there is a lot of problems with shadows and flickering stuff, and you mention in this tutorials that you make “HDRI Light Kit Pro” for use without GI, that is for animation to? (sorry my english)

  • Cool dude!

    I’ve tried doing some texturing(glass, concrete) and here’s what I’ve received:

    http://tinypic.com/r/104rx9g/7

    cheers πŸ™‚

  • Hi C4D peeps. I’d like to use the Mograph dynamics tag to position the fallen letters. Is there a way to release (or bake) the position and rotation of the text objects and then remove the Mograph tag leaving the object in place? I hope that makes sense. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Why the hell do you call yourself a Gorilla

  • Well… amazing, detailed, helpful and inspiring tutorial! I really enjoyed doing this one!

    Here is my take:

  • Sorry for double posting! Here is the link to my attempt at being competent in C4D πŸ˜€

    http://i52.tinypic.com/21jd845.jpg

  • It’s a great tutorial, i want to ask, can we change the color of the bulbs so that the illumination of the bulbs change color too ?

  • Here my attempts.

    i set luminance differently and add other lighs… nothing fancy:
    http://www.dreampicture.fr/wp-content/gallery/inanimate-dreams/coyote-was-here0001-copie.jpg

    bye!

  • Hey,
    thanks vor thr great Tut!
    Here is a pic from my work

    http://img259.imageshack.us/i/57607846.jpg/

  • I see 1 major problem. Everything is very nice but I can’t see the reflections of the letters.

  • Like most of yours, great tut, thanks for sharing.

    I wonder if you couldn’t use dynamics in a controlled way to make those pieces sit perfectly. Instead of froppnig them from a great height, couldn’t you place them roughly, about 2 cm or so from the surfaces you want them to fall against so that they land ideally and more importantly, physically perfectly. If you set the gravity and friction correctly, you should be able to do a minimum of work positioning the letters roughly, and then perfect their real-world physics by dropping them. What do you think ? I’m gonna give it a go.

  • hi nick nice tutorial as always but I have one question, I just want to know if it is possible to make the lights flicker as if they switched on and start to flicker. hope you understand what I mean πŸ™‚

  • awesome tut, thx Nick =D U’r my favorite designer in world of Cinema 4d.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rus_mike_b/5348329577/

  • had some fun with global illumination inside of a cube that i put explosion fx on and came up with this great looking render http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CNUE3Gr3MHQuwi6YO44n4w?feat=directlink

  • Hey, your tutorial is really nice, helped me a lot. But I still got a question.
    If I use GI with the luminance channel only, it looks really nice, but if I use a “normal” light, I get some other realistic shadows. Take a look at the two pictures (especially at the window), one with GI and one with a bit GI and a “normal” light
    http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/4306/002copyb.jpg
    http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/5613/001copyr.jpg

    Is there a way to get these shadows without a “normal” light? πŸ˜‰

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • WoW I just did it:)
    Thanks alot!! Nick*

  • Hey Gorilla!
    Great tut again!!! thx a lot!
    Do you know when you will show us some tricks for GI and Animation?

    Greez from Germany!

  • Yeah Gorilla! ThX a lot for this great tut once again πŸ™‚ tried it and i was inspired to make these one http://img836.imageshack.us/i/applefamilyweb.jpg/

    keep on πŸ™‚

  • Hi, thanks for skitbra (swedish for buttkicking) good tut.
    Here’s my attempt
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13401343/renders/render_kyokushin.jpg

  • I just have a basic question about C4D that I cannot figure out! In your tutorials, the perspective view does not show a grid. Mine always does and I’d like to learn how to turn it off. Thanks for your help and the great tutorials!

  • “you make it how you want to look it”
    53:13
    awsome nick

    • It could be sooo awesome if you could make one of the lightpipe-thingy cracked/destroyed- so the glass was around the destroyed pipe πŸ˜€ Nice work πŸ™‚

  • When you render there is allot of boxes going around and it seems really quick, on mine there is 2 boxes, how do i make it like yours.

  • Thanks!
    Useful tutorial!
    Have a great day!

  • Thank you, Nick. Really useful tutorial.

  • Here something I tried based off of the tutorial.

    Modeled a lightbulb and needed something to do with it.

    http://vimeo.com/23261353

    Thanks Nick

  • Bro, I love you bro, not that way, but as brother πŸ˜‰
    awesome tutorial. thank for the lesson.

  • It might be a year since this tut was put up but i have sth to show for it!!!Thanx Nick for the tuts.Am a kenyan who just has to get better at design.plizzzz have a look at what this tutorial lead me to!thanx!! :)http://kevinkarash.deviantart.com/art/Crazy-Lights-249846475

  • Took me a while to get to this tutorial but as always, awesome, learned some pretty cool tricks,thanks Nick

  • Hey there, You have performed a great job. I will certainly digg it and for my part recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  • Thanks for this tutorial, it’s brilliant!
    I’m a beginner, and this helped me understand GI a bit more.

    My outcome: http://bildr.no/image/1122328.jpeg

  • Hey Nick Ive been having some trouble with the GI with an animation im doing from the tut that you did above. wanted to know some correct settings for animation just using GI. the bulb i have rolling into the scene and its the only light source involved but i keep getting shadows that look very nasty and flickering all over the place. Here is a link to the image if that help.

    [IMG]http://i43.tinypic.com/2j2zrye.jpg[/IMG]

  • Jhonattan Rodriguez May 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    No me canso de pensar que Nick es una de las personas que mas admiro en el ambito de 3d!! Saludos desde Colombia

  • DUDE!!!! 1 minute is not a slow render. You should try to render this with my Quad Core. LOL.
    Anyway i learn and understand a lot of things from this tutorial. Thank you so much.

  • Really nice tutorial! This one is for inside (room) renderings. But how about a outside (sky) rendering?

  • Oh boo… my comment didn’t come thru. Made the first one… rendered straight outta c4d:
    http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles11/1582255/projects/5123907/fadc71118f6bb6338ea938f9f2ba21fa.png

    Shopped
    http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles11/1582255/projects/5123907/c180a6d7283fdda5843537b5648dc172.png

    and then i decided to combine the tut that lights up using objects only instead of GI… I couldn’t get the glow of the bulbs to show up very well on the floor. But it was worth experimenting with.

    straight outta C4D:
    http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles11/1582255/projects/5123907/57e5a98a1095ed7613bdf2b35cfcb06b.png

    shopped:
    http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles11/1582255/projects/5123907/353e2b0e95b5f57b52790e647076d679.png

    thanks for the great tut Nick! and for the inspiration.

    deelly

  • ya sen krals?n kral πŸ™‚ SÜpersin !!!

  • Hi, Gorilla!) Nick., i’m started to create room with 10 light sourse in the section, i want create may be 10 section .. i need they animated when camera zoom in and some of the turn on other turn on/off then when they stay from back yard of the camera, they stay turn on) how i can realize my idea? thank’s for your attension)

  • I know this tutorial is 2 years old but I’m fairly new at the motion arts game. 17 years old. just having some issues getting my luminance to really get brighter. i crank it up past 350 but nothing seems to happen. any help would be appreciated.

  • At 52:24 how to do it? I do not understand. Help please.

  • Hi
    Excellant tutorial as always…

    I am building a neon sign using similar techniques I have learnt from this tutorial.

    However I want to have the glows, reflections all as an alpha channel. This is so that I can then have the sign as a transparent PNG with shadows/reflections and glows for my website. I have learnt a bit about the composite tag, but is this still possible with GI? Or do you have a better suggestion to save all those lighting details as a transparent element.

    I have built my sign using an outer glass tube, and then an inner luminant tube to create the neon gas.

    Cheers

  • Fantastic tutorials! A huge help πŸ™‚

  • Set the random effector over the floor, then put on them Dynamics and let them drop

  • Thanks man … I like this tut so much (Y)

  • Man I always wanted to improve my GI, thanks you’re tutorial is very good ! Here’s what I did
    https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1457x820q90/12/lrhy.png

  • Thanks a lot! Turned out to be simpler than it looked.
    I will definitely use this knowledge in the future.
    All the best!

  • Hi Nick! i have one question about blurriness reflection
    Firstly, thank you so much for you tutorials!
    And my question: how I can create blurriness reflection in c4d R16?? Roughness isn’t work correctly. Can you explain? I looked through all the tutorials but didn’t find any information. Thank you!

    • Roughness should be what you are looking for. Is it not working?

      • Roughness does not give such a soft and smooth blur reflection as in your lesson. I read several forums, but no good solution and could not offer. Reflection gives a very rough and smooth dispersion configure fails. In your lesson material turns even, smooth and with excellent reflection. When adding roughness obtained quite different.

  • Hey Nick, great tutorial. I’m not sure if you have answered this comment already (I skimmed through to see if there was an answer), but my GI settings are different in R16 vs the version you made this in. Is there a legacy option that will give me the same look as your GI settings?

    Thanks in advance!

  • I think none so well explained or show how you. Thanx, Nick!

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