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Modern Design in Cinema 4D

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Discover the principles of creating outstanding cover art by using intermediate Cinema 4D techniques. Take your renders to the next level, by mastering texturing, lighting, compositing inside of Cinema 4D. Equip yourself with all the workflow hacks!

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Modern Design
in Cinema 4D

Course starts on April 7, 2020

With the growing popularity of streaming services, such as Spotify, Apple Music and many more, the demand for digital cover art is larger than ever. But while some cover artwork designers struggle, others create extremely effective design and win long term clients this way. In this course, we are taking a look at what I've learned in 12 years of working in the music industry as a 3D designer. We will start by exploring the branding psychology behind effective designs and ways to create your own composition by using grid systems. We'll also explore texturing inside Cinema 4D and the techniques of creating different moods. We'll have a close look at the rendering process and in the final part, we will focus on the compositing on our scene that will enhance our render even further.
What is this course about?
LEVEL
Basic
LESSONS
10+
DURATION
7h+
Intermediate: You already have some experience working with the software and understand its basic principles. You are familiar with the interface.

You may know me from Instagram or YouTube under my artist name Vacades. My name is Timo Helgert and I'm a creative director currently based in Germany. I've been using Cinema 4D for 12 years now and since then I've worked with many clients such as Universal, Warner, Sony Music, Puma and many more. Since 2012 I have fully shifted my focus on working as a designer in the music industry and by working with several labels and producers I had the chance to experiment and test different techniques that make my art more effective.

Join me in this course and by exploring and implementing the systems taught, you will master your digital cover art journey.

About the author

Hi Everyone! I'm Vacades

Topics covered

Introduction
  • Course Outline
  • What is Effective Cover Art
  • Best Practises
#1 Art Psychology (Branding)
  • Weapons of Influence
  • Color Theory
  • Lighting Rules
  • Composition
#2 Grid Systems
  • The Law Of Thirds
  • Negative Space and Grouping
  • Creating your own Grid System
#3 Setting Up The Scene
  • Creating the basic geometry
  • Background Plates
  • Creating Buildings
  • Creating Nature
  • Supporting Elements
  • Finalizing our Scene

#4 Texturing
Octane:
  • Introduction to Octane Materials
  • Octane Node Based Texturing
  • Advanced Octane Material Tricks
  • Texturing our Scene
Cinema 4D:
  • How to create Photorealistic Textures
  • Advanced Cinema 4D Texture Tricks
  • Texture Baking and why it matters
  • Texturing our Scene
#5 Lighting
Octane:
  • HDRI Lighting
  • Octane Lights
  • Lighting our Scene
Cinema 4D:
  • Exploring Cinema 4D's lighting modes
  • The benefits of indirect lighting
  • Lighting our Scene
#6 Rendering
Since some of you are using Octane Renderer, this section will be split into two parts, so whatever renderer you prefer, you can follow along.

Octane:
  • Exploring Octane's Render Modes
  • Hacks to make your Renders look better
  • Rendering our Scene
Cinema 4D:
  • How to enhance Photorealism
  • Enhance Ambient Occlusion
  • Rendering our Scene

#7 Compositing
Compositing in Photoshop
  • Sharpening Techniques for Ultra HD Look
  • Color Grading Techniques
  • How to direct Attention by Using Light and Shadow
  • How to enhance Photorealism
  • Compositing our Scene

BONUS: Smartcuts - Speeding up your workflow
Here we will explore all the little hacks and tricks, which I learned on my 12-year journey. I sometimes call them "Smartcuts" and they will make your workflow so much better.

What students say about our courses and school

  • The best way to master digital cover art
  • Boost your design skills by discovering my hacks
  • 12 years of experience in this branch in one compact course
  • The fastest and best way to jump into Cinema 4D with no-nonsense

Modern Design in Cinema 4D

Discover the principles of creating outstanding cover art by using intermediate Cinema 4D techniques. Take your renders to the next level by mastering texturing, lighting, compositing inside of Cinema 4D.

Level
Basic ?

You already have some experience working with the software and understand its basic principles. You are familiar with the interface.

Lessons
10
Duration
7h+
100% money back guarantee

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Frequently asked questions

Where can I find Cinema 4D?
You can findCinema4D here. 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?
I will explain how to do basic render in native Cinema 4D render software, but most of the time we will use Octane. 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 for Cinema 4D:
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or higher on Intel/ AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support
  • 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:
NVIDIA or AMD graphics card on Windows or AMD on MacOS that supports OpenCL 1.2 or newer.
Will this course work for me if I know nothing about Cinema4D?
Yes, the course is suitable for beginners.
Are there any discounts?
If no presale or discount activities are happening, you canget in touch with usto 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. Don't be shy to tag us@motiondesignschoolor use hashtags#motiondesignschooland#mds_homeworkin your shots and stories :)
How long does it take to successfully finish the course?
Up to 3 month. 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.