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!

Modern Design
in Cinema 4D

5,300 Students already enrolled
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?

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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 do our students say?

You will study from animators and Motion Designers from around the globe. Each of them is a professional in their own field, seasoned in production studios, freelance projects with big brands and stock footages. And right, we are also sweet.

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Frequently asked questions

Where can I find Cinema 4D?
You can find Cinema4D 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 it on 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 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. Don't be shy to tag us @motiondesignschool or use hashtags #motiondesignschool and #mds_homework in 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.