Cinema 4D Beginner's Guide


Cinema 4D Beginner's Guide
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  • Step-by-step instructions on modeling, texturing, lighting & rendering a photorealistic 3D interior scene
  • Dynamic animations using MoGraph
  • Node-based programming to link parameters using XPresso
  • Stylized rendering with Sketch & Toon
  • A straightforward, conversational style suited to beginners

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2012
ISBN : 1849692149
ISBN 13 : 9781849692144
Author(s) : Jen Rizzo
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, Web Graphics & Video

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Cinema 4D
Chapter 2: Modeling Part 1: Edges, Faces, and Points
Chapter 3: Modeling Part 1: Splines, NURBS, Deformers, and Boole
Chapter 4: Materials and Shaders
Chapter 5: Lighting and Rendering
Chapter 6: Animation
Chapter 7: MoGraph
Chapter 8: XPresso
Chapter 9: An Overview of Additional Tools
Chapter 10: Optimizing Your Workflow
Appendix: Pop Quiz Answers
Index
  • Chapter 1: Getting to Know Cinema 4D
    • Before we begin
    • Understanding 3D space
    • Main Menu and Command Palettes
    • Viewport
    • Render options
    • Objects and Attributes Manager
    • Points, edges, faces, and editable objects
    • Materials Manager
    • Time for action – customizing the interface
    • Hidden menus – M and V
    • Putting it all together – our project
    • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Modeling Part 1: Splines, NURBS, Deformers, and Boole
        • Before we begin
        • Understanding NURBS objects
        • Exploring the Spline menu
        • Time for action – creating and importing a spline
        • Time for action – creating a vase
        • Time for action – creating a chair
        • HyperNURBS modeling
        • Time for action – using HyperNURBS objects
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Materials and Shaders
          • Before we begin
          • Understanding materials
          • Understanding material channels
          • Time for action – texturing our environment
          • Shaders
          • Time for action – additional textures
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Animation
              • Before we begin
              • Animation – key terms and how it works
              • Time for action – timeline animation
              • Animatable properties
              • How to plan your animation
              • Render settings
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: MoGraph
                • Before we begin
                • Cloner objects
                • Effectors
                • Time for action – creating organic shapes with metaball and cloners
                • Time for action – rigid body tags
                • MoText objects
                • Time for action – tracer objects
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: XPresso
                  • Node-based programming
                  • Time for action – linking properties with Set Driver and Set Driven
                  • Time for action – using Math in XPresso
                  • Time for action – making the gears turn
                  • Time for action – XPresso and MoGraph
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: An Overview of Additional Tools
                    • Time for action – hair
                    • Time for action – hair materials without Hair objects
                    • Sketch and Toon
                    • Time for action – placing accurate lighting
                    • Time for action – global settings and materials
                    • Cloth
                    • Time for action – creating a cloth object
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Optimizing Your Workflow
                      • Before we begin
                      • XRefs
                      • Time for action – creating XRefs
                      • Understanding the importance of compositing
                      • Time for action – modeling for compositing
                      • Time for action – compositing tags
                      • Render settings for compositing and multipass
                      • Time for action – compositing with Adobe After Effects
                      • Summary

                      Jen Rizzo

                      Jen Rizzo is a Motion Graphics Designer in San Francisco, CA. Her career began at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (New York) as a 3D Architectural Visualizer, then continued in a similar capacity at FRCH Design Worldwide (Cincinnati) before relocating to San Francisco in 2008. She has worked with over thirty companies in the last four years, jumping in at every stage of the design process. She is overly excited by almost everything. In her personal life, she strives to become a stronger cyclist and hopes to someday beat someone at a board game. She has a near-unhealthy obsession with cured meat, cheese, chocolate and coffee, and will wax poetically on the city of San Francisco until someone distracts her. She would like to thank malt, hops, and yeast for existing in perfect liquid triumvirance.

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                      - 3 submitted: last submission 20 Feb 2013

                      Errata type: image related | Page number: 11

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                      Errata type: Technical | Page number: 33

                      Description:
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                      Errata type: Technical | Page number: 35

                      Description:
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                      What you will learn from this book

                      • An overview of 3D animation on a linear timeline
                      • Material/Texture creation
                      • Photorealistic Rendering
                      • Stylistic Rendering
                      • 3D Animation on a linear timeline
                      • Motion Graphics with Mograph toolset
                      • Basic Xpresso programming
                      • Integrating 3D scenes with Adobe After Effects
                      • Adding realism to scenes with hair and cloth
                      • Exporting scenes to Adobe After Effects for external compositing

                      In Detail

                      3D animation offers a versatile way to bring ideas to life. With this guide, you'll learn how to take your vision and turn it into beautiful images

                      With "Cinema 4D", you can quickly and easily bring your visions to life. This beginner's guide will walk you through creating and animating a 3D scene, with tips and techniques for everything from photorealistic rendering to motion graphics.

                      "Cinema 4D" enables everyone from professionals to hobbyists to create stunning 3D animations. This book will walk you through all the steps of creating an interior flythrough of an office: creating a 3D structure, adding materials and lighting, animating, and rendering. Then, you'll explore additional features through a series of mini projects: creating motion graphics, exporting a stylized non-realistic image, adding hair and creating cloth. You'll learn how to connect pieces that all work together by exploring node-based programming in Xpresso, then wrap everything up with an introduction to compositing in Adobe After Effects.

                      Approach

                      Step-by-step instructions with guiding screenshots will help new users to create a photorealistic interior scene with an animated camera. Users will also learn how to use the MoGraph module to create dynamic motion graphics, how to link parameters with Xpresso (Cinema 4D's node-based programming language), and are guided through mini-projects to explore additional tools for non-photorealistic illustrations, hair creation and cloth rendering.

                      Who this book is for

                      Designers and artists with a basic proficiency in animation or computer graphics, as well as professionals who are familiar with other 3D animation software.

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