Top 10 Cinema 4D Shortcuts For Beginners

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) Make Editable - "C" Button
The "C" button makes a parametric object editable.  That is, it makes a mathematical square into polygons, points, and edges.

3)  Extrude - "D" Button
Extrude polygons, edges, and points of a polygonal object.

4) Extrude Inner - "I" Button
Polygons extrude inwards from edges.

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.

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