Creating Line Art Animations Using Cinema 4D Lite, Cineware, and After Effects

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This one is for all of you Cinema 4D Lite users! In this tutorial, I’ll reboot my previous tutorial on how I used Sketch and Toon to create line art in C4D. But this time I created an alternate method just for those of you out there who don’t own a full version of Cinema 4D and just have the Lite version that comes for free with After Effects CC and CC 2014. I’ll walk you through the workflow of how to apply strokes to edges of geometry using only the tools available in Cinema 4D Lite. Since a lot of line art is made from basic geometric shapes, the tools available to those who only have Cinema 4D Lite work well to recreate this style of illustration in a 3D space. I’ll then show you how take the color version of your line art C4D file and your outlined version and composite them inside After Effects using Cineware. I touch on some of the basics of Cinema 4D that you need to understand for this technique to work and hopefully get you interested in learning more about Cinema 4D!

If you have any questions, be sure to post them below!  I’ll do my best to try help any of you that are new to Cinema 4D!  Also please share what you make using this workflow, I always love to see what you create!  Have fun!

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Using Cel Shader to Cast Shadows on 100% Luminant Objects

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In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can use Cinema 4D’s Cel Shader to allow for shadows to be cast onto objects with 100% luminance.  I covered the Cel Shader in a previous tutorial but had a lot of people ask me about how this specific task is done so I wanted to go a little more in depth and highlight just the Shadow function in the Cel Shader.

To learn how I recreated this line art style of illustration in Cinema 4D, check out my Creating Line Art Animations Using Sketch and Toon tutorial.

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Creating Line Art Animations Using Cinema 4D’s Sketch and Toon

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can use Cinema 4D and Sketch and Toon to apply the popular line art styles to your 3D objects.  Sketch and Toon is a fairly deep module in C4D but I’ll cover all you need to know to be able to achieve this line art style look.   I’ll show you everything from how to flatly texture your object to how to apply strokes to your objects and even splines.  I’ll also demonstrate how to use Sketch Style Tags to be able to apply specific styles and sketch materials to individual objects in your scene.

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How to Create an Elevation Map Using Cinema 4D’s Sketch and Toon

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In this tutorial, I’ll be covering a cool way to create an elevation map using, you guessed it, Cinema 4D!  I’ll show you how to easily add contour lines to geometry using Sketch and Toon.  I’ll also go over some other really useful concepts like how to create and apply 3D gradients to an object, how to apply a Sketch and Toon material to an object and some of the basics of Sketch and Toon, and how to then animate Sketch and Toon lines so that they draw on.  And I’ll cap the tutorial off by showing a nice trick using the Time Effector to apply constant motion to an object.

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Using Xpresso to Track Lens Flares to Mograph Animated Clones

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In this excerpt from my Cinema 4D Lynda.com Hollywood Movie Trailer Titles Course, I’ll show you how to use some simple Xpresso to be able to track objects to cloned objects animated via Mograph effectors.  In this video, I’ll use the Xpresso setup to track a light to text. By exporting the light & 3D scene data via AEC export to After Effects, you can then composite an Optical Lens Flare that will track to the light using the Track Lights option in Optical Flares.  Check out the technique below and be sure to check out my full 2 1/2 hour lynda.com course by clicking the link below!

Watch Entire Hollywood Movie Trailer Titles in C4D Course

You can also view the rest of my Cinema 4D courses on Lynda.com here.

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Easily Fold Objects Using Joints & Pose Morph Tag in Cinema 4D

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In my new tutorial, I’ll be continuing on how to create cool flat 2D design animations using Cinema 4D. In this one I cover how to fold objects such as maps or brochures by introducing you some very simple joint rigging techniques. I’ll cover how to prep your geometry, how to create joints, how to have the joints bind to the geometry so the joints move the geometry by going over the Skin object. Finally I’ll show you how to easily animate the folding by using a Pose Morph tag and setting just a couple keyframes to control it all.  If you’re not familiar with the Pose Morph Tag, be sure to check out my previous Pose Morph tutorial on how it can be used to animate rigged objects.

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Watch my other Pose Morph Tutorial to learn how to use the Pose Morph to morph between object states.

And if you want to learn more about how to use Cinema 4D in your 2D workflow, check out my Mixing 2D & 3D with Cinema 4D & After Effects Lynda.com course where I go over some creative ways to use the tools in C4D for a mainly 2D workflow inside of After Effects.

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Create Chiseled Text Using LoftNURBS in Cinema 4D

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In this excerpt from my Cinema 4D Lynda.com Hollywood Movie Trailer Titles Course, I’ll show you how to easily create chiseled text using LoftNURBS.  This technique works best with sans serif fonts but it’s a quick and easy way to add a chisels to your text.  Check out the technique below and be sure to check out my full 2 1/2 hour lynda.com course by clicking the link below!

Watch Entire Hollywood Movie Trailer Titles in C4D Course

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Introducing Quick Matte Pro for Cinema 4D

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Quick Matte Pro is a brand new plug-in that I teamed up with the amazing developer AJ Haines on that will change the way you work in Cinema 4D & speed up your workflow!  Quick Matte Pro has been designed to take care of all your matting & object buffer needs quickly and efficiently without having to worry about all the setup!  Set your mattes, add object buffers, and add every single object buffer in your scene to your multipass render settings quickly with just a single click!

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Animating Baymax Using The Cinema 4D Pose Morph Tag

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In this tutorial, I follow up on how I animated Baymax from Big Hero 6 in my Cinema 4D Jiggle Deformer tutorial by using the Pose Morph Tag. If you’re not familiar with the Pose Morph Tag, be sure to check out my previous Pose Morph tutorial on how it can be used to morph between objects. In this tutorial, I’ll go over applying the Pose Morph tag, setting up your poses and then how to blend between the poses. Finally, I’ll show you how I used the Smooth Deformer to relax some of the geometry as well as Jiggle Deformers for some finishing touches.

Watch the full tutorial and download the Baymax Cinema 4D character rig file below.  Be sure to share with me whatever cool new dance moves you have Baymax learn by animating him using the Pose Morph tag!

Download Animated Baymax Character Rig Cinema 4D Scene File

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Watch my Pose Morph Tutorial to learn how to use the Pose Morph to morph between object states.

And if you want to learn more about how to use Cinema 4D in your 2D workflow, check out my Mixing 2D & 3D with Cinema 4D & After Effects Lynda.com course where I go over some creative ways to use the tools in C4D for a mainly 2D workflow inside of After Effects.

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