Render An Abstract Refraction Low Poly Look In Cinema 4D

May 5, 2014


In This tutorial, I show you how to get a look similar to some of Justin Maller’s Facets renders. I specifically wanted to get the look of this more abstract style. We will use transparent objects to refract color images to make an abstract look.



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  • Fernando Martinez May 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Neat tip nick. Thanks.

  • woow it is amazing man ,you should do a tutorial on modelling next time .bye the way thax alot for the hard work.

  • eye candy. love these styles.

  • Cool as always, keep it up man!

  • amazing tips..great to learn
    really greyscalegorilla u r great…
    I m also waiting for your next animation plugin signal..

  • Awesome! Thanks for answering my original comment with this tutorial I greatly appreciate it.

  • Thank you! That was really awesome!

  • Arturo Acevedo May 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Great tutorial as always Nick! Thanks!

    I had been working with this technique for a while. Here are some examples:

    • Arturo Acevedo May 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Forgot to mention that I used a slight different technique to achieve it, instead of using an environment, I used actual lights and on the material’s transparency properties I specified an absorption color. So you can get variation on different objects on the same lights.
      Hope this helps.

  • Pelle de Graaf May 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I really enjoyed this tutorial Nick.
    Really was a nice one not hard and as always you explain what everything is doing :).
    Didnt know that the reflection times thingy could get rid of the black spots. great one!

  • This is total 90s Trapper Keeper realness! πŸ™‚

  • A great morning tutorial with my coffee! Been playing with it all morning.

    • This is by far my favorite one ive looked at….including my own. Great job.

      P.s. Im not just saying that because we share the same name…lol πŸ™‚

  • Hi Nick! Thanks a lot for the tips! Looks very good. Have a nice day πŸ™‚

  • QuizΓ‘s quisiste decir: como siempre genial y este es mi proyecto de prΓ‘ctica
    as always great project and this is my practice.

  • Hey nick !

    Awesome tuts as usual Nick!!

    Just have issues with the black areas, can’t rid off it.. seems the Reflection depth doesnt affect anything ( i tried from 0 to 500). I’ve tried many things but i’am stuck.

    Any idea?

    Thanks a lot guys!

    • You may have black areas in the photo you used that is refracting into the object. If it is, try cropping out or brighting up that darker part.

  • Thanks, very simple, but inspires to make something new.

  • Here a screen shot of the comp

  • Rob "Switch" Aitken May 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    personal recommendation ….. same effect using metaballs

  • Arkadiusz Radek May 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    These artworks are 3D, made in Cinema. Justin showed his project once upon a time when he was featured in the Fotolia TEN –

  • Richard Krolewicz May 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Made a short animation using the technique yesterday/today and learned a lot! Check it out here:

  • Robbie "Switch" Aitken May 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    couldn’t upload earlier, but here are some metaball renders

  • Hey Nick, think you could do a roller coaster tutorial like what you did in AE?

  • Nick, thx a lot!

  • Thanks for useful tips! πŸ™‚
    Here is a test :

  • Fantastic tutorial as always. Thanks, feel free to take a look at my creation you inspired, pretty happy with it in the end.

  • Nice photoshop tip! Can you get deeper on postproduction? I would love a post with some advanced postproduciton techniques!

  • As always, nice tut!
    Here’s my outcome.

  • Hi Nick! Thanks for that great tutorial!
    Another question, how can I do a nice soap bubble texture?
    Like this (the first picture):

    Looking forward to hear from you!

  • Oh, and, I can’t get rid of the black parts..
    there’s no dark color in my picture. And I turned up the Reflection depth to 500…
    What could be the problem?

    Thanks for helping!

  • as always you are awesome. You are an inspiration
    i added animation to this tutorial and this what transpired.
    Thank you

  • thank you so much for wonderful tutorial.

  • hi! here’s my result. now I’ve to play around a bit more.
    great tutorial.

  • When i saw the renders of this post, instantly felt in love with them πŸ˜€ Thanks for this tutorial Nick! This technique is so simple and so fun to play around..

    My version:

  • Ibrahima Niang "ZerBouZer" May 10, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Thanks a million times for this useful tut.

  • Great quick tutorial…..

    Did something real fast…about 20 mins….came out decent i think.

    If anyone wants to let me know what they think id appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    • btw nick…when doing the background and or cube…why didnt you just use a 4 corner gradient….seems alot less trouble…lol

  • Played around with this some more…trying different deformers and levels….and ended up with this…..

    again…feedback is appreciated πŸ™‚

  • Hi guys:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I really enjoyed this.
    Last week I found this cool pictures on the internet and I was wondering how to achieve this effect in 3D:
    It seems to be actual temper ink but I guess it is possible to replicate it with fluids in cd4.

    Thanks for all your effort and dedication
    Regards from Barcelona

  • Great tutorial Nick!

    Made mine into a fun looping gif!

    Enjoy the weather,

  • Hey Nick,
    Great tutorial man! Thanks a lot.
    I found those on 500px and I think it will be a great tutorial idea too:

    I know you love playing with sphere. And these are familiar to everyone. I think it will be cool to experiment. At least I will try on my own and will post the result here! πŸ™‚ (like you did for the grape)

  • you’re awesome!

  • Saved my marriage!
    2nd anniversary card

    Cheers Nick!

  • Thanks Nick!

    Been working on this crystal type for a while now and this tutorial really helped me getting the look and feel I was looking for πŸ™‚

    BTW It’s free for download so everyone can enjoy!

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the great tutorial, I’m a very very beginner in Cinema 4D, I have learned a lot from your video.

  • you are Truly awesome thanks for all of the tips man ^_^

  • Hey Nick thanks for the great tutorial. I just wanted to know what do you mean when you say that some of the work from the site are vectors?

  • can’t get the displacer to work as a child. I’ve tried holding shift while clicking the bucky ball but not having any luck.

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