How to Create 2D Cartoon Style Streaks in Cinema 4D

You’ve asked for it and here it is!  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply these 2D streak materials onto your models in Cinema 4D. I had a lot of requests about showing how to do this and my technique is fairly straightforward but very flexible. If you have any questions, be sure to hit me in the comments below and I hope you enjoy!

Learn how to apply this line art style look to your 3D objects using Sketch and Toon in this previous tutorial.

 

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How to Animate On Sketch & Toon Stroke Lines in Cinema 4D

In this tutorial, I’ll be covering how you can animate on your line art outlines made with Cinema 4D’s Sketch and Toon.  First I’ll go over how you can easily animate on your objects using the Mograph Module and effectors.  Then I’ll demonstrate how you can have the lines generated by Sketch & Toon draw or animate on using it’s Draw options.  I’ll show some of the things you need to know to have full control over how they draw on as well as providing a few tips on how to avoid some common issues that may occur using the Draw options like lines randomly popping on and off during the animation.

I cover Sketch Style Tags in this tutorial and you can get more in depth information about them in my Sketch Style Tag tutorial.

If you make something, be sure to share it!  Only one way to get better at your craft and that’s to keep on creating!

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How to Create Long Shadows in Cinema 4D

In this quick tutorial I’ll be covering how you can easily apply a long shadow to your 3D objects in Cinema 4D.  The long shadow style has become very popular along with the flat design movement in a lot of web, mobile app design, and it’s made its way into Motion Graphics!  Creating these long shadows with 3D objects allows the benefit of the shadow to reflect the actual contour of the 3D object as it moves in 3D space as opposed to creating it in After Effects with a flat object with a bit more work.  I also go over using Sketch and Toon’s Quantize shading to make your 3D composition have flat shading and use the specular options to create those nice moving specular highlights that play with the light in your scene.  Keeping it all in Cinema 4D has been the overriding theme with my latest tutorials and here’s yet another trick to add to your 2D in C4D bag!

If you make something, be sure to share it!  Only one way to get better at your craft and that’s to keep on creating!

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Using Sketch Style Tags in Cinema 4D

Continuing on the Sketch and Toon tutorial theme, this tutorial covers Sketch Style Tags, what they are, what they do, and how to make them your best friend in your Sketch and Toon workflow in Cinema 4D. I’ll start off by going over what you’re presented with when you first set up a Sketch and Toon scene and how to blow past the defaults and take control over your S&T creations. Sketch Style Tags basically work similarly to Material Tags only are much deeper and give you total control over what Sketch Material is applied and what Line Styles are added to individual objects.

I mention some of my previous tutorials on Sketch And Toon and Cel Shader that you should check out first so you have a good foundation for the basics of both of those subjects and you’ll be well equipped to dive into a specific tool inside of Sketch and Toon.

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.

Also to learn how I used Cel Shader for the flat 2D shading, check out this tutorial about using the Cel Shader to create Illustrative Style Animations.

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How to Stick Objects onto a Conveyer Belt in Cinema 4D

In this quick tutorial, I’ll be demonstrating how I created a my ‘sushi-go-round’ conveyer belt from my latest GIF animation!  First, I’ll show you how to create & animate the conveyer belt using simple primitive objects and Spline Wrap.  Then I’ll go over how to stick objects to the surface of the conveyer belt so the plates slide along with the conveyer belt movement using a Constraint Tag.  I’ll show you some handy tips with using the Constraint Tag and get our sushi movin’ and groovin’ along our conveyer belt!  Finally, I’ll show you how to easily duplicate the sushi plate and position it on the conveyer belt.

If you have any questions, be sure to post them below!  As always, please share what you make using this technique, I always love to see what you create!  Keep on creating!

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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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