Intro to Cinema 4D: Build a Snowman | Rick Plautz - 3D Expert | Skillshare

Intro to Cinema 4D: Build a Snowman

Rick Plautz - 3D Expert, Cinema 4D Teacher

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12 Lessons (1h 45m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. 1 - Interface Overview

    • 3. 2 - Starting the Snowman

    • 4. 3 - The Hierarchy Structure

    • 5. 4 - Intro to Spline Modeling

    • 6. 5 - Building a Set

    • 7. 6 - Lighting the Scene

    • 8. 7 - Adding Materials

    • 9. 8 - Sun Light vs. Physical Sky

    • 10. 9 - Materials Continued

    • 11. 10 - Rendering

    • 12. 11 - Final Output / Image Editing


About This Class

If you're intimidated by Cinema 4D and don't know where to start this class is perfect. I provide a quick walkthrough of the interface and reveal more powerful features of this amazing program as we set off building a snowman and this winter scene:


This class covers:

  • Using primitive shapes with no polygon modeling to create a snowman
  • A basic intro to Spline Modeling to create the twig arms
  • Creating and applying Materials to the models
  • Using a Bend deformer to create a studio backdrop (very useful for product presentations)
  • An intro to Lights in Cinema 4D
  • How to use the Sun light and Physical Sky to light a scene
  • Adding a Camera and framing the shot
  • Using the Physical render engine and Depth of Field to get photo-real camera blur
  • Editing render settings and outputting a file to be edited in Photoshop

After this class is finished, you'll be very comfortable with how Cinema 4D works and able to start diving into your own projects!






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Rick Plautz - 3D Expert

Cinema 4D Teacher

I've been using Cinema 4D for a little over 10 years, first as a hobbyist and now as my full-time job as a Senior Motion Designer for a post-production company. I've also been teaching Cinema 4D at the VCU Brandcenter, an advertising graduate school in Richmond, VA.

I teach Art Direction and Experience Design students how to use 3D graphics and C4D to execute on their product innovations, brand campaigns, hotel lobby redesigns, inventions and even a KitchenAid line of sex toys. 

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