Cinema 4D Fundamentals

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Master the basics of working in Cinema 4D as quickly as possible and learn how to create marvelous 3D compositions. This course will give you the push you need to advance in 3D graphics.


Cinema 4D Fundamentals

This is a course on how to finally start learning 3D and achieve impressive results straight away. You will learn the basics of working in Cinema 4D, how to model using primitives, add light for your scene using HRDI maps and create and render a mind-blowing scene. You can accomplish this using the standard Cinema 4D renderer, or using Redshift (use the tools of real pros from the very start;) ) As a bonus, I will show you how to deal with materials, as this is what makes your artwork look truly alive. A lot of stuff, you may think. You'll be surprised how fast you can master this.
What's the result?

Is this course for me?

Motion designers

Who want to combine 2D and 3D in their artworks
The world is no longer divided into 2D and 3D, and we are well aware of this. Everything mixes, styles and techniques intermingle, and the results look very cool. This mini-course is designed to lead you to your long-cherished goal as quickly as possible.


Who want to create more complex artwork
Manually building a complex perspective and drawing a scene at different angles can take so long. You can do this much faster in 3D. In just a couple of clicks, a reference you need appears right in front of you.


Manually building a complex perspective and drawing a scene at different angles can take so long. You can do this much faster in 3D. In just a couple of clicks, a reference you need appears right in front of you.

Graphic Designers

Who want to create minimalistic 3D illustrations for their projects
Professional lighting created using HRDI maps, simple materials based on plastic and spline-based modeling will unlock innumerable possibilities for you. Master all this in a bit more than an hour.

Course Curriculum

The course is designed to effectively introduce you to the basic stages of working with 3D, even if you have never done this before.
1. Get familiar with the interface
Maybe you are horrified by the interfaces of 3D programs (even such a friendly one as Cinema 4D), but this fear will disappear when you master the "rules of the game".
2. Modeling using primitives
At this stage, you will completely solidify the knowledge of the program interface. The scene you will be working with is almost 90% made of primitives.
3. Spline-based modeling
You can't go far using only primitives. At this stage, I'll show you how to create more intricate and complex shapes using geometry generators and modificators.
4. Scene lighting
Professional no stress lighting is just a few clicks away. This is not a joke, this is HDRI dome light.
5. Basic materials and rendering in Redshift
When the scene is built and the light is ready, it's time to take care of the materials and finally render the finished result.
Bonus lesson:
Materials & Physical renderer
If you aren't yet ready to get into the real game with the Redshift renderer, we will show you how to achieve the best results using standard Cinema 4D tools.Well, this is a great place to start. Drawing energy doesn't require many skills, but it does require a thoughtful approach.

What will I be capable of after this course?

Take a look at the students' home works done during the course and see for yourself.
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Who will be teaching?

Alexander Kratinov

Alexander is a CG Generalist with more than 20 years of experience. During his career, he has managed to work with almost all main products for creating 3D graphics. Currently, he works as a VFX Supervisor and a Technical Director for large projects. SideFX Houdini and Cinema 4D have been his main tools for the last 9 years. Alexander finds Cinema 4D one of the most convenient and successful 3D software in the market, and he is very glad to share his Jedi knowledge with you.

Cinema 4D Fundamentals

Master the basics of working in Cinema 4D as quickly as possible and learn how to create marvelous 3D compositions.
Cinema 4D Fundamentals
Get familiar with Cinema 4D in no time
Gain insight on working with lighting and materials
Learn basics of spline based modeling
You don't need any preliminary training.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find Cinema 4D?
You can find Cinema4Dhere. The trial version will be sufficient to work with for some time, but we highly recommend buying a license.

What renderer will be used in this course?
We will explain how to do basic render in native Cinema 4D render software, but most of the time we will use Redshift. You can find more information about this renderer and download the trial version of iton the official website.
What system requirements are needed for Cinema 4D to run smoothly?
Minimum System Requirements Cinema 4D
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or higher on Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support or MacOS 10.11.6 or 10.12.4+ with 64-bit CPU running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), OpenGL graphics card supporting OpenGL 4.1 (dedicated GPU recommended)

The GPU renderer requires an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card on Windows or AMD on MacOS that supports OpenCL 1.2 or newer. Metal support requires MacOS 10.13.2 or newer. We recommend at least 4 GB VRAM for GPU rendering.

Will this course work for me if I know nothing about Cinema4D?
Yes, the course is built for beginners, bringing them up to an basic level.
Are there any discounts?
If no presale or discount activities are happening, you can get in touch with us to receive a $50-off coupon. We provide coupons for countries not-so-good exchange rates and for students.

We consider a country with a not-so-good exchange rate a country, where the currency rate is more than $1 to 10 units of local currency. For example, 10.5 Botswana Pula equals $1. If your country's currency rate is lower than 1:10, we do not consider your country as a country with a not so good exchange rate.

We consider you a student if you have a valid student email address (@***.edu) and/or a valid student ID. Please either write to us from your student email or attach a picture of your student id so that we can verify your student status.

Please double check if there are no presale, sales or discount activities happening as we do not provide coupons during these periods.

Can I share the art that I create during the course?
Sure. As in any other school, you will not just listen to lectures but also receive home tasks. We will be very glad to see how you are dealing with them.
How long does it take to successfully finish the course?
Up to 3 days. We highly recommend spending at least 2 days practicing after each lesson. In this tempo, you will require at least one month to finish this course.
What if my level of English is not good enough and I find it difficult to understand the spoken language?
This course has subtitles, which makes the content easier for understanding and lets you check the unknown words in the dictionary, if needed.