Make a Plastic Vinyl Toy Texture in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, I show you how you can create plastic vinyl toy textures as well as how to then light and render your vinyl toys realistically.

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You Will Learn:

• How to create a plastic vinyl toy texture utilizing the Reflectance Channel
• Lighting our scene with soft box lights to add nice reflections
• Using Global Illumination and Ambient Occlusion for added realism

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If you have any questions about creating plastic vinyl textures in Cinema 4D, post them in the comments section!  If you created any cool vinyl toy renders using this workflow, be sure to share it with me TwitterInstagram, Facebook, or in the Comments!  Thanks for watching!


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  1. James Pageau

    I was curious if you ever set up the texture color with a Diffuse Base color in the reflectance channel instead of using the color channel. That seems to be the way Maxon is telling us to set up materials for the new Pro Render with the PBR materials preset. I have seen some other tutorials that have talked about not using the color channel and sticking with reflection based materials in the Physical render. But I will admit that I am still trying to figure out the best settings for working with the PBR workflow, so this is not a criticism of your tutorial. I just was curious if you have tried working that way.

  2. Hi AJ, great tutorial. I especially liked the part about lighting; it’s a topic I have great deficiency in.
    I live in Israel and next month, round Christmas time, we’ll have Hanukkah, and among other traditions we eat Sufganiyot, which are kind of like donuts except hey don’t have a hole, they have a filling, and sugar powder on top. You’ve inspired me to create some Sufganiyot for the 8 days of Hanukkah, however I’m a bit worried about the sugar powder part and I was wondering wether you’ll some advice on how to create it;should it be just a white material with a powder map? I’ve included a link to a photo of a Sufgania for reference. Thanks a lot for the tutorial!


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