Nov 13 2008

25+ Cinema 4D Tutorials for Spectacular Animations


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

Cinema 4d

Tutorial on how to make tentacles using cinema 4D

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

Cinema 4d

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

Cinema 4d

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

Cinema 4d

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

Cinema 4d

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

Cinema 4d

25. Cinema 4D (Logo Animation)

Cinema 4d

26. Cinema 4d animation

Cinema 4d

27. Cinema 4D Renders

Cinema 4d

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Comments and Discussions
  • insicdesigns, 13 November 2008

    wow! this is freak’n hot! awesome!

  • insicdesigns, 13 November 2008

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

  • Naldz Graphics, 13 November 2008

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


  • Raducu, 13 November 2008

    Waiting for 3ds Max / Maya tutorials :-”

  • Jimb0, 13 November 2008

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

  • greg, 13 November 2008

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

  • Chris Peters, 13 November 2008

    #16 is in Spanish i think….

  • Calvin Froedge, 13 November 2008

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

  • Dainis Graveris, 13 November 2008

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

  • Love CJ, 13 November 2008

    Amazing tutorials…tks.

  • Simon, 14 November 2008

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

  • DreamweaverSpot, 14 November 2008

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

  • tasarhane, 15 November 2008

    good tuts. thanks for sharing..

  • Amy, 17 November 2008

    This is really good and very useful!


  • mezu, 18 November 2008

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

  • Ricks, 22 November 2008

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

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, 24 December 2008

    useful tutorials, I love C4D:))

  • satya, 13 December 2009

    must try this tutorial

  • mutuelle, 14 December 2009

    Great tutos, thanks

  • T.Williams, 15 December 2009

    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

  • gospel, 20 December 2009


  • Porfirio Shintani, 27 December 2009

    Easily, this article is really the most informative on this deserving topic. I agree with your conclusions and am eagerly look forward to your future updates. Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the extraordinary clarity in your views and writing. I’m signing up to

  • gsgs1, 10 March 2010

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

  • somebody, 18 March 2010

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

  • 4D Frog, 01 April 2010

    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.

  • Kieran, 09 April 2010

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


  • Frederick Pistelli, 17 April 2010

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

  • Ike, 06 June 2010

    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 Am desperate.thanks

  • Sinema izle, 28 August 2010

    I like your reviews thx u very much

  • Trance, 05 September 2010

    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

  • Andrew Berger, 03 October 2010

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

  • Michael C. McDonald, 22 October 2010

    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.

  • Ryan Woodard, 13 November 2010

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

  • Web Tutorials, 12 February 2011

    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


  • Cinema4D, 24 February 2011

    Thanks for this tutorial

    • Sandra, 24 June 2011

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

  • Brad, 26 February 2011

    Awesome tutorials. Thanks.

    This is what I’ve made so far:

  • Silent wac, 06 March 2011

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

  • Bryan, 20 April 2011

    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!

  • Eduardo, 17 May 2011

    Thanks for this tutorial

  • Aman Arora, 10 August 2011

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

  • William, 27 August 2011

    Very nice collection…i’m grateful.

  • Sheru, 17 September 2011

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

  • Sulayman, 27 August 2012

    cool, thanks alot!

  • Luciano, 22 April 2013

    Very nice collection, Thanks

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