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70 Ultimate Cinema 4D Tutorials & Techniques

February 12th, 2010

Today we share a very comprehensive round-up of Cinema 4D Tutorials. Cinema 4D is a modeling, animation and rendering application that is noted for its flexible interface and ease of use. It is capable of procedural and polygonal/subd modeling, animating, lighting, texturing and rendering. Movies like Monster House, Spiderman 3, Chronicles of Narnia, Beowulf and Polar Express are all examples of Cinema 4D Graphics being in use.

Cinema 4D comes with an intuitive interface and a sound workflow that let the imagination and creativity of an artist flow freely. It also allows for a simple integration with compositing application pipelines making it a multi-purpose application that can be used in films and in motion graphics.

Cinema 4D Tutorials

Create an Abstract Armored Sphere Scene in Cinema 4D
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a complex abstract Armored Sphere scene in Cinema 4D. You will use structure tools (such as Extrude and Extrude Inner), HyperNURBS, and the Danel shader to create the scene, and then render it with Advanced Render.

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Making Of: Primateran
In this tutorial artist creates a scene that showed a part of the world of the “Primaterans” – a civilization that prefers dark corners of the galaxy, hiding from their enemies until their armada is strong enough to destroy them.

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Create a Jelly-like Text Animation in Cinema 4D and After Effects
Learn the tools necessary to create interesting and captivating motion graphics in this exciting look into modeling, rigging, animation, materials, lighting, rendering and compositing using Cinema 4D and After Effects.

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Linear Workflow for Gamma Correct Lighting in Cinema 4D
One of the most critical elements involved in creating realistically lit interior environments is exposure control. In this tutorial you will be introduced to using the linear workflow for gamma correct lighting in Cinema 4D, allowing you produce more photorealistic renders, as well as improve specular highlights and anti-aliasing.

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Create a Realistic Subway Station Scene using Cinema 4D and After Effects
This tutorial takes us underground to examine how to build a 3D model of a subway train and make it zip past a real subway platform.

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Create a Detailed Zune HD MP3 Player in Cinema 4D – Day 2
Creating convincing product visualizations can sometimes be a daunting task, due to the high level of detail and fidelity the artist must achieve in order to make it believable. In this multi-part, intermediate to advanced level tutorial, you will learn the many techniques needed to model a Microsoft Zune HD.

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Model a Venus-styled Robot in Cinema 4D
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to model and texture a small robot from scratch and place it in a lit scene. This is a comprehensive tutorial with 127 steps and will provide a complete introduction to making 3D art for the intermediate to advanced Cinema 4D user.

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3D Text in Cinema 4D
This is Live Tutorial, artist recorded this live on ustream where he ask what tutorial people want to see and he try to do it on the fly.

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

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Shattering an Object in Cinema 4D
In this tutorial, Artist show you how to set up the textures and the lights in this scene to prepare it for render. We use the GI Sky Sampler and an HDRI image to light the scene without any actual lights.

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Apple Pro Speaker Cinema4D Tutorial
Learn how to design an Apple Pro Speaker with some simple steps in C4D.

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Making of: The Worm
This scene was created using Cinema 4D and was done as follows.

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Making of Compsognathus
In this tutorial artist will show you briefly how he created this little dinosaurs. he created this one using Cinema 4D, Corel Photo-Paint and xNormal for the Normal Map generation. The Cinema 4D layout can be seen in Fig.01.

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Making of Super Snail
This work is fully modeled and rendered in Cinema 4D. Artist have used BodyPaint and Photoshop for the textures.

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How to Create Explosive Typographic Effects in Cinema 4D
In this tutorial artist will walk through the steps he used to create this illustration to bring alive the word “collide.”

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3D Abstract Tentacle Tutorial
Tutorial on how to make tentacles like this in the image using cinema 4D ;)

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DOOR TYPE
How to create a 3D type effect using Cinema 4d and Photoshop.

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Creating a Line Object Render
In this tutorial you will learn how to create great looking Line Renders using extruding and deformers, line renders are amazing looking renders that are often used on wallpapers or photo manipulations.

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How to Make A Glossy Candy Stripe Texture in Cinema 4D
In this quick tutorial, Artist show you how to make a glossy candy stripe texture. Artist have used this texture a ton lately when playing with the new physics engine. The stripes help show when spheres start to rotate, so you may want to head back and do that one first. Enjoy!

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Modeling a Car using Blueprints
In this massive tutorial you will learn how to model a car using blueprints, points and the bridge tool. Basic Cinema 4D knowledge is required for this tutorial!

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

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Bulb Modelling Tutorial
A very detailed and step by step tutorial on how to create electric bulb.

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Armor plates C4D tutorial
A great step by step tutorial on Armor plates.

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Cinema 4D + Poser tutorial
Beautiful tutorial and its mixture of Cinema 4D and Poser.

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Font Explode
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an explosive type effect!

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Dotted-Lines
In this tutorial you will learn How to create an animated dotted line stroke.

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The “UV-Map Dirtmap Baker” Tutorial
Cinema 4D veteran Peter Hofmann aka peXel presents us with this handy tutorial covering the following topics: How to get a “clean” UV – Map, How to calculate a Dirt – Map, How to work with Baker.

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Little Planet
In this tutorial we’re going to use Cinema 4d to create the 3d text like in the image above. Feel free to use the software of your choice, this is a technique that can be easily duplicated in other 3D apps.

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WORKING WITH PROCEDURALS
In this tutorial we will learn how much powerful procedurals are, and also some basics regarding shading/lighting.

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Making an Hourglass
This tutorial will teach you to make a great sandglass, which you can use for plenty of purposes. You can find the finished model and other stuff from there.

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Peanut Can BASIC Tutorial
Just a quick, easy dirty way to create a peanut can (or most types of cans with lids for that matter) in cinema 4D. Again its more about how easy the actual model and geometry is compared to the actual texturing.

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Daylight tutorial
This amazing 3d scene, entitled Daylight, was created by Carles Piles. Read how the scene was created in the tutorial below.

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Creating Car Tires
This tutorial will teach you how to make beautiful car tires step by step.

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Texturing Objects and Lights in Cinema 4D
In this tutorial, artist will go though the steps in texturing objects in Cinema 4D. He also play with using textures to actually light the scene.

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Shattering Glass
In this 3 tutorial series we’ll look at how to build a glass shatter effect, based on a recent project for Damages 2, using Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4D. This section includes capturing the template in After Effects, paths in Illustrator and setting up imported splines as polygons in Cinema 4D.

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Modeling a Piano
This tutorial will show you how to make awesome model of piano.

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Create 3D objects in Cinema 4D from vector art
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. In this tutorial, written by David from filmmakingcentral.com he shows you exactly how to do this.

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How i do my Materials
In this tutorial you will learn how to create awesome matterial, that can be very useful for your upcoming tasks.

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Create a UFO in C4D
In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a basic textured disc shape and then drop it into an Array Object where you can create an epic looking UFO.

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Skyline R34 Starter Tutorial
Although in this tutorial does not cover entire car, only the bonnet, fender and door, hope that you will learn lots of techniques in this tutorial.

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3D E-Book-Cover
In this tutorial you will learn how to make E Book Cover step by step.

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Simple UFO Tutorial
Nothing fancy, but it could help someone, somewhere, somehow, this tutorial iGrass Tutorial Cinema 4Ds written for Cinema 4D, but could easily be adapted for any other 3D app out there.

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Classy Glassy Balls
Tutorial made for Cinema 4d but can be applied to almost any 3d rendering program.

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Area Light and Ambient Light
In this Cinema 4D tutorial, he get into lighting a scene with the Ambient Light and Area Light CS Tools.

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Creating a Ball Bearing using Arrays
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.

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Egg Modeling Tutorial
Tutorial made for Cinema 4d but can be applied to almost any 3d rendering program.

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Trash Can Tutorial
This tutorial shows how to make a simple modern trash can or “abstract” form you can use in your scenery, it also serves as practice for extrude tools and getting familiar with them.

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Cinema 4d Low Poly Gun Tutorial
Wanna make something like this in Cinema 4D R8 and Unwrap 3D? so this tutorial is best for this.

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Making 3D Bullet Case
This week, artist will show you how to make your own geometry easily. Although almost every 3D application can perform the same task, he will use Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

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Interior Part 2
A detaild and very comprehensive tutorial about Interior.

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Grass Tutorial Cinema 4D
This tutorial will show you how to make beautiful grass.

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City tutorial
A very useful Tutorial that how you can make a city buildings.

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Bart Simpson
A detailed and step by step tutorial that will teach you lots of techniques.

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A Recipe for Skin
In this tutorial Artist will examine a few different strategies for achieving a realistic skin shader in Cinema 4D. Skin has a particular quality that sets it apart from ordinary surfaces: it is luminously translucent.

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Create Mac OSX Intro Video with C4D
In this tutorial Satya Meka will walk us through Cinema 4D and how to create the 3d text in this effect.

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Cinema 4D Diamonds Tutorial
Not for complete beginners as artist made it pretty quick, but those of you that know the basics should understand.

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Arq02 – Lamps
Mindblwoing tutorial and you will learn in this how to make a beautiful Lamp.

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Renault Clio in Cinema 4D
In the following tutorial we would like to show how you can map decals and sponsor stickers in Cinema 4D R8.5

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Ipod Video-Tutorial
Great tutorial on Ipod Making.

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Dvd Player Tutorial Part 1
Part 1 of 3 video tutorials for Cinema 4D showing how to model a Dvd Player.

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Green Abstract Tutorial
Create this abstract with the easiest way!

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Making a glass and a wine bottle with C4D
This tutorial demonstrates ways to make a glass, its materials and the content inside the glass. Artist made the model in c4d r9, but It can be done with lower versions.

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Create an Amazing Liquid Apple Effect in RealFlow, Cinema 4D, and After Effects
Learn the animation basics and looping in Cinema 4D.

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Model, Texture, and Render an Interior Scene With Cinema 4D and VRay
In this beginner/ intermediate level tutorial, you will learn how to create and render a realistic interior scene in Cinema 4D and Vray. In this tutorial you will focus on modeling the room and all of the furniture, and the second on materials, lights, rendering, and post production.

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How to Export 3d Camera Data from Cinema 4D into After Effects
When it comes to motion graphics, exporting camera data from a 3D program to a 2D compositing program is one of the most important techniques you could know. In this tutorial, you will learn the basics behind getting Cinema 4D and After Effects to talk to one another, including using exporting tags, using the camera data in After Effects within 3D layers and effects, and how to set up and tweak your render for the best results.

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Making of Portrait of a Silent Man
In this tutorial Patrick Eischen is going to show you how he created his image “Portrait of a silent man” using Cinema 4D and ZBrush.

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Rolling Red Carpet
How to a rolling carpet and text effect in Cinema 4d.

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Paper Crumple Tutorial in Cinema 4D
This tutorial shows you how to create an animation that makes a piece a paper crumple into a ball with no keyframes at all. It uses the cloth tag.

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3D Toys Animation
Learn the animation basics and looping in Cinema 4D.

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3D Toys Animation
Cinema4D – Full Guide

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32 comments for „70 Ultimate Cinema 4D Tutorials & Techniques
  1. App Sheriff on February 12th, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I have tried the iPod video tutorial with a friend of mine, it was great and fun.

    Here is a set of tools for Amazing Special Effects in Cinema
    Link: http://tinyurl.com/yezsa47

  2. Jordan Walker on February 12th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I really like to see visual renderings, such an amazing field of study.

  3. owkei on February 12th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    this is awesome!

  4. artlessbum on February 12th, 2010 at 6:36 am

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  5. jimb0 on February 12th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Awesome, thanks!!

  6. New York Web Designer on February 12th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Great Tutorial with many details!
    I really enjoyed it, thanks.

  7. mrmunchies on February 12th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I like the Raptor one.

  8. Johny on February 12th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    This is a great collection of C4D tuts… that article gives me the final push starting 3D art!

  9. ayebea on February 12th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Great list of amazing tutorials, cinema 4D is a beautiful program with a great rendering engine. These will help me out!

  10. Anrkist on February 12th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’ve always preferred C4D over the others. I guess it could be the GUI I enjoy so much.

    These are nice tutorials, the last time I looked (2006) there were very few worth my time.

  11. saame on February 13th, 2010 at 5:22 am

    nice job….. :)

  12. Rajib Roy on February 14th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    it is nice

  13. n/a on February 15th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Someone needs to tell the author what ultimate actually means. You can’t have 70 ultimate anythings.

  14. Sunny Kumar on February 15th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Great tutorials to learn 4D techniques.

  15. Designs Wallet on February 22nd, 2010 at 2:19 am

    helpful tuts

  16. Tutorials Palace on February 22nd, 2010 at 2:47 am

    best tutorials for 3D users

  17. adone on February 26th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Amazing list. Thanks noupe.

  18. somebody on March 18th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Great work! Amusement Simulaotor is for 4d cinema

  19. dienshkumar on August 27th, 2010 at 5:53 am

    great work usefull..

  20. sever agonies on September 3rd, 2010 at 6:33 am

    umh.. i am a student.. i wanna try the grass tutorial.. but the link says that file cannot found.. any help please? by the way great collection of tutorials :)

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  23. Wilson on March 16th, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Thanks..
    Great tutorials

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  26. Joren Kandel on May 3rd, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome collection, thanks guys!

  27. yogiscoolio on May 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Great List, as I’m new to C4D its not easy to understand it in a very short span of time. Looking for some basics. Please add some basic C4D tuts for newbies. Thanks. :)

  28. M Asim on February 6th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Sir
    3dmax, Maya, or Cinema 4d
    Tell me which the best for 3d work,

  29. Ainn Setz on February 7th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    so cool….

  30. Sandhya on September 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    For visual renders in architecture..which one is best..

  31. Conner Productions on September 26th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Awesome! Super creative and awesome stuff there.

  32. hadipour on December 1st, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    the best tutorial man