25+ Cinema 4D Tutorials for Spectacular Animations

November 13th, 2008

Cinema 4D is a high-end 3D graphics application capable of procedural and polygonal modeling, animating, lighting, texturing, and rendering. Its easy to use interface has gained popularity among film and motion graphic artists.

There are many things you can do using its endless features. You need to discover them and decide how to use them in new and innovative ways to create the creative, beautiful and realistic 3D Graphics. In this article, we look at Cinema 4D as one of the best tools for designers to create realistic objects, 3D models and animation.

Below you’ll find over 25 Cinema 4D tutorials and animations that teach you how to create beautiful realistic objects and 3D models.

1. How to Create Explosive Typographic Effects in Cinema 4D

Cinema 4d

In this tutorial you will walk through steps to bring alive the word “collide.”

First you will create 3d text in Cinema 4d. Then create an explosion using displacement maps and exploding 3 different copies of your pyramid. The most challenging part of this is getting the displacement the way you like it. Experiment with different patterns and different projection methods for the material.

2. 3D Abstract Tentacle

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Tutorial on how to make tentacles using cinema 4D

3. Create 3D objects in Cinema 4D from vector art

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This is a video tutorial on taking vector art and importing it into Cinema 4D to create a 3D object that can be animated, textured, and manipulated in 3D space.

4. Making of Super Snail

Cinema 4d

This work is fully modeled and rendered in Cinema 4D, Bodypaint and Photoshop.

5. How i do my Materials

Cinema 4d

Learn how to create your materials like the ones in this amazing tutorial.

6. 3D Toys Animation

Cinema 4d

Learn the animation basics and looping in Cinema 4D.

7. Fire & Smoke Animation

Cinema 4d

Smoke and Fire is one of those things that can be modelled in numerous ways to achieve a desired result. This tutorial shows you one of those ways, using a Particle Emitter and PyroCluster to achieve a smokey fire.

8. Ghosting

Cinema 4d

Ghosting, also known as onion-skinning, is a technique from traditional 2D animation which allows you to analyze a series of frames of animated objects before and after the frame you are currently viewing.

9. How to Make an Icon in 3D Using Cinema 4D

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A nice tutorial on how to make a 3D icon in Cinema 4D and then how to get that art into a usable working .ico resource.

10. Creating a ball bearing using arrays

Cinema 4d

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a ball bearing using an Array Object. You will also learn about the use of the Taper object, Fillet option and Bevel function

11. Modeling a car using blueprints

Cinema 4d

In this tutorial you will learn how to model a car using blueprints, points and the bridge tool

12. Tutorial-C4D-Array Lighting

Cinema 4d

A nice lighting effect.

13. Simple Pen in Cinema 4D

Cinema 4d

This tutorial is going to show you how to create a simple pen. The colours on the materials can be changed to your own choice.

14. Gravity Tutorial

Cinema 4d

This tutorial will show you how to make a ball bounce using Dynamics in Cinema 4D

15. Making an hourglass

Cinema 4d

This tutorial will teach you to make a great sandglass, which you can use for plenty of purposes.

16. Basic introduction to Cinema 4D

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17. On/Off Switch

Cinema 4d

Enable or disable multiple objects at with one click. Increase viewport speed and animation playback.

18. Modeling a Zebra

Cinema 4d

Here’s the Zebra 3D modeling tutorial for Cinema 4D. And the Great thing is, you can download his 3D model for FREE !

19. The “UV-Map Dirtmap Baker” Tutorial

Cinema 4d

An interesting handy tutorial covering the following topics: How to get a “clean” UV – Map?, How to calculate a Dirt – Map?, How to work with Baker?

20. Cinema 4d Materials Tutorial

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21. Xtreme C4D tutorial

Cinema 4d

An advanced cinema 4d tutorial.

22. Creating A Car Tyre

Cinema 4d

Learn how to create a car tyre in a realistic way.

Cinema 4D Video Animation

23. Water in glass animation in Cinema 4d

Cinema 4d

Nice animation with c4d, using splines, lathe-nurbs ,primitives and some light.

24. Water made in cinema 4d

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25. Cinema 4D (Logo Animation)

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26. Cinema 4d animation

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27. Cinema 4D Renders

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45 comments for „25+ Cinema 4D Tutorials for Spectacular Animations
  1. insicdesigns on November 13th, 2008 at 6:00 am

    wow! this is freak’n hot! awesome!

  2. insicdesigns on November 13th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    now i have an idea how this beautiful 3D animations are done. thanks for the information.

  3. Naldz Graphics on November 13th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    some great tuts of C 4D served=)thanks for the list


  4. Raducu on November 13th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Waiting for 3ds Max / Maya tutorials :-“

  5. Jimb0 on November 13th, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for this, looking forward to getting back into this app.

  6. greg on November 13th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Wow! I’m looking tutorials for cinema 4d. Please more links on this type. Tutorials: modeling house, flat, more 3d text in cinema 4d.

  7. Chris Peters on November 13th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    #16 is in Spanish i think….

  8. Calvin Froedge on November 13th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    WOW. Those tutorials are awesome. Thanks for the links :D

  9. Dainis Graveris on November 13th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Oh, I’ll learn 4D Cinemas after 3dsMAX, amazing tutorials..:)

  10. Love CJ on November 13th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Amazing tutorials…tks.

  11. Simon on November 14th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I really liked that first 4d text one – it looks really awesome and really stands out

  12. DreamweaverSpot on November 14th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Great article! Yet, another amazing tutorial.. Thanks!

  13. tasarhane on November 15th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    good tuts. thanks for sharing..

  14. Amy on November 17th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    This is really good and very useful!



  15. mezu on November 18th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Awesome links, just one Q: 3Ds Max to follow?

  16. Ricks on November 22nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Wow this is a great list. Will certainly be using some of these for upcoming projects.

  17. joyoge designers' bookmark on December 24th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    useful tutorials, I love C4D:))

  18. satya on December 13th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    must try this tutorial

  19. mutuelle on December 14th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Great tutos, thanks

  20. T.Williams on December 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Sir, I would like to ask you a question-I’am an absolute beginner at Cinema 4D.Would you please advise me of a tutorial that will give me: at the least, a crash course in using Cinema 4D? Thank You

  21. gospel on December 20th, 2009 at 7:05 pm


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  23. gsgs1 on March 10th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    WONDERFUL WORK . Well explained.. may God bless you all

  24. somebody on March 18th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Oh, great! Amusement Simulator is a good choise for 4d cinema!

  25. 4D Frog on April 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hi, thanks for your blog and thanks for the C4D tutorial collection. I have some tutorial in my blog as well, if you want to add it in the next round up.
    I have some simple polygon modeling and Hyper NURBS and some MoGraph animation, and trying to add to it weekly.

  26. Kieran on April 9th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    great roundup. I just got a new tutorial for c4D and mograph up at http://www.ispeakinpictures.com reforming 3d text from a swarm of smaller particles.


  27. Frederick Pistelli on April 17th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Good tutorial. I’ve searching all over for a simple to follow explanation for handling php arrays.

  28. Ike on June 6th, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Hi guys am an aspiring 3d artist in ghana.and i need ebuks and tutorials on cinema4d and 3d max.any1 can help by mailing it to me at prymshaka@yahoo.com. Am desperate.thanks

  29. Sinema izle on August 28th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I like your reviews thx u very much

  30. Trance on September 5th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Going to see Boys Noize Tonight. Its gonna be a night to remember. There playing with Simon Posford. Then next weekend ill be seeing Antoine Clamaran. really good nights ahead

  31. Andrew Berger on October 3rd, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I saw that movie online for free in cinema, it was the best thing that you can imagine.

  32. Michael C. McDonald on October 22nd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I’m having a problem with seeing your site clearly through the newest release of Opera. Looks good in Explorer 7 and Firefox though.Hope you have a wonderful day.

  33. Ryan Woodard on November 13th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    A Huge thank you for these tutorials. Without lists like this we would face an impossible task of finding great tutorials like these!

  34. Web Tutorials on February 12th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I enjoy your blog. I have added it to my favorite bookmarks and subscribed in a reader.

    Looking forward to reading more posts by you.

    I have some good web tutorials on http://www.webtutorials.me


  35. Cinema4D on February 24th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for this tutorial

    • Sandra on June 24th, 2011 at 4:47 am

      Articles like this are an example of quick, heplful answers.

  36. Brad on February 26th, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Awesome tutorials. Thanks.

    This is what I’ve made so far:


  37. Silent wac on March 6th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    good tuts. thanks for sharing ( Special Thanx ) :)

  38. Bryan on April 20th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I love your tuts! please make a tutorial on how to model! your so good at it id like to see you doing it in action!

  39. Eduardo on May 17th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial

  40. Aman Arora on August 10th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hey thanks for these tutorials, just downloaded c4d needed something to get started, thanks :)

  41. William on August 27th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Very nice collection…i’m grateful.

  42. Sheru on September 17th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Very nice collection……………………..i like it soo much…..i hope you will add more collections…

  43. Sulayman on August 27th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    cool, thanks alot!

  44. Luciano on April 22nd, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Very nice collection, Thanks