Basic 3D Modeling In Cinema 4D For Beginners

Model a Shaving Cream Can in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema4D tutorial, I show you how to model a shaving cream can in Cinema 4D using Loft Nurbs and Lathe Nurbs.  There are multiple ways of doing things in Cinema 4D whether it's modeling or using shortcuts.  


Model a Plastic Lid in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, I show you how to model a plastic lid in Cinema 4D using the Extrude and Extrude Inner tools.  The Extrude and Extrude Inner tools will be functions you will use everyday if you want to model and be a motion graphics artist in the professional world. Beginners will learn how to quickly model simple objects. Note: HyperNURBS is now called Subdivision Surface. 


Model a Shopping Cart in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, I show you how to model a shopping cart in Cinema 4D using the Atom Array and Sweep Nurbs.  Using the Atom Array you can quickly model polygon edges like the cage of a shopping cart. 


Model a Submarine in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, I show you some tools to model a submarine in Cinema 4D. Topics covered include Parametric Objects, Extrudes, Extrude Inner, Bevel Tool,  Slide Tool, and Modeling With Deformers

Top 10 Cinema 4D Shortcuts For Beginners

Updated 2/28/2016

Mousing your way around the interface to find commands and tools is pretty old school.  Cinema 4D has a great shortcut list to speed up your workflow.  Your favorite shortcut not listed?  Add it to the comments.

Cinema 4d Menu

Cinema 4d Menu

1) Shift-C
Brings up a command line where you can start typing the name of a tool or function you are looking for and it will populate. 

2) CMD/CTRL-Z
Because you rarely get things right the first time.

3)  Right-Click
Access context sensitive menus quickly.

4) Spacebar
Toggles between Live Selection and last tool used.

5) Frame Selected "S" Button
Frames selected object in your scene to the middle of the viewport.

6) Project Settings - Command/Control - D
Brings up your Project Settings to change FPS, Max time, Dynamics settings, and Keyframe options.

7) Viewport Settings - Shift - V
Brings up the Viewport Settings.  Allows you to select/deselect a variety of GUI options.

8) Undo Camera - Command/Control - Shift- Z
Undos Cinema 4D camera movement if you accidentally moved it while working.

9) Render Settings - Command/Control - B
Brings up Render Settings for your project and allows to make changes to project size, formats, effects, multi-pass, etc.

10) Hiding Axis Bands - Alt - D
Axis Bands in your way while modeling?  Switch them off and on to get a better view.

Thanks to @demafleez, @Pgoski, @ Motionworks, @JosefBsharah and @leehoffguy for their suggestions.


Learning Motion Design vs. Learning Motion Graphics

Learning Motion Design vs. Learning Motion Graphics

A leader in the e-learning community for motion design is Michael Jones. I asked him a few questions about MoGraph Mentor and his new course MOD 101, and how it fits into the current landscape of online learning for motion design. Additional insight also provided by Matt Jylkka of Mt. Mograph. You will learn that Motion Design is more than knowing what buttons to click.

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