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Timer – productivity quicktip

Timer – productivity quicktip

There are many time tracking apps and what not, but for me personally i find it very helpful to just set a timer and a small goal. Its kinda like the pomodoro technique. I’ll ussually use 25min timers, and go: “i will do these 3 points of revisions in the next 25 minutes”. I also do the same thing for breaks. I’ll set myself 12 minutes to check out forums or what not. And setting a timer helps there. Or do some cleaning around the house for 25 minutes. So why am i writing this? We

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How to get jobs as a Freelancer ( 3D artist)

For those who don’t know, this is how the process of hiring a freelancer goes. What follows is just my meandering experience and observation, your mileage may vary. Pretend you have a project. Lets say you need someone to design a Dinosaur character. First you will think if you know anyone. If you do, you will reach out to them. Then you will ask your friends, or freelancers that work for you if they know anyone. Then you’ll go to art station or some other portfolio site, or maybe straig

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6 step guide on how to ask for help.

I have recently been receiving a lot of messages asking for help. And generally i’m a helpful guy, i answer questions, make tutorials etc. But more and more i’m getting the following messages, and they are all the same. First the person asks me how i am and then asks me to explain something that could be googled. So i decided i need to write a little tutorial on how to ask people for help. So first Example of how not to ask for help: The next one is slightly better, because

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cmnodes – Cinema 4D nodal Materials

yup, yup, a node material system for cinema4D! super great stuff, get the plugin here: http://www.cmstuff.com/article/1012/cmnodes+for+r13       Check out http://ace5studios.com for more of my work :)  

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GPU for GPU rendering Octane Thea Indigo etc..

Buying a GPU for GPU rendering? Read this first. I find myself answering the same questions over and over. So here is a summary of what you need to know when buying a GPU for GPU rendering. This information is valid as of writing this, I will try keep it updated as we go along. Temporary disclaimer: The Nvidia 1080/1070 cards are currently not supported by any major GPU render engine. This will hopefully be fixed soon. (Blame nvidia) Brand Nvidia. All the gpu renderers are nvidia CUDA based.

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Rail Spline Tutorial

Ever Wondered what the rail spline field is all over the place? well this will hopefully clear that up for you   View the full article

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Starting out as a freelancer in the 3D/VFX industry

More and more people are going freelance? Why? Well the simple reason is that there are more and more people who want to do the work, but the amount of full time jobs isn’t growing as fast. Also with the amount of different skill sets available, most studio’s don’t need a lot of these people full time. For example I mostly do character rigging these days. Most studios don’t need a character rigger full time. They need one just a couple of times a year perhaps, or maybe even just once ever. So fr

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Should i work for free?

This is a question that comes up a lot, and recently came up on a FUTUR livestream with Gary Vee. As always the answer is: “it depends”. Some people think the answer should be a hard no. Others think it’s not such a bad thing. I think the answer to this is pretty simple. If you want to do free work to get your name out there, pick the client yourself. Offer your services to a charity or any nonprofit organization that you care about. Or even if it’s a for profit organization, do it for

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Render Glass in Cinema 4D

Render Glass in Cinema 4D

Struggling with glass? struggle no more! In under 10 minutes you’ll know all the secrets to realistic glass renders! nah im just kidding, the secrets are infinite, but this should get you started on the right path. You now have no excuse for ugly glass renders.         View the full article  

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Thea Render Review - GPU + CPU render in c4d

What is Thea? Thea is a hybrid GPU and CPU renderer with plugins for a bunch of applications. I use cinema4D so that’s the awesomeness im going to cover here. The GPU part (the super fast part) is CUDA based, so you will need an Nvidia card. so if you have a new mac pro, this isn’t going to be super useful to you. Read my hardware building article here http://ace5studios.com/hardware Grab the full functional ( watermarked) demo here: https://www.thearender.com/site/index.php/live-p

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Render Engine Comparison - Why I chose thea

This article is my personal opinion ( Im Aleksey from http://ace5studios.com), this question comes up a lot, so I’m going to try break it down here. This article is for people without any allegiances. I will attempt to break down why i made the choice that i made and depending on your situation which render engine would be good for your needs. Contenders Vray – the grand daddy of 3rd party render engines for c4d. Big user base. Like REAL big lots of material presets

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Xparticles Manual CSS skin

Got tired of staring at the Bright white screen while reading the xparticles manual, so i made this simple CSS tweak. Just extract it to [your_c4dPath\plugins\X-Particles\manual\css]   DOWNLOAD CSS   View the full article

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MARVIN4D

Ha-HA! Finally it is done! Marvin rigged for Cinema4D ! Thanks for Vector from http://www.va3d.co.uk/ for the awesome model! I just did some cleaning up on it to make it more rigging friendly. Then i set up the rig, only added 2 facial expressions. I think facial expressions will be my next challenge. You can ignore the errors that come up about plugins, you don’t actually need them. This model is free for private use. There is no commercial license since its copyright property of warner Bros

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Block Terrain Cinema 4D tutorial

A short tutorial discussing shader effector, use of gradients to control displacement, using the colorizer to build alpha maps etc..     View the full article  

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Innobright noise removal – WOAH! ( mini review)

This thing clears noise like a boss! Just remember if you are using the gui, don’t have spaces in your folder or file names. Get innobright trial here: http://www.innobright.com/ and try it out for yourself.     View the full article  

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C4D install variations

Do you ever need to run various configurations of c4d on a regular basis? For example an install without plugins? Or perhaps you are beta testing a render engine, and you regularily need to switch between stable and beta version? Well here i’ll show you how to do that without duplicating your whole c4d install folder. Cinema4D looks in 2 places for plugins/scripts/layouts etc. The first place is in the root folder of c4d. c:/program files/MAXON/cinema4d or wherever you have it installed. The se

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Surface Deformer

How to make one geometry surface deform another, useful for stitches, bulges, ties, shirts etc..   cheers, Aleksey   View the full article  

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Reel Critique

It’s too long, make it shorter ( less than 1 minute) Put the best stuff up front. Get rid of the stuff that you are not proud of. Put in the type of work you actually want to do Make it shorter Seriously, make it shorter.   Trust me this applies to your reel. It even applies to my reel, and i wrote this article.. Also make sure its still works without the music. If its boring without the music, make it shorter. Are you seeing where im going with this? View the full article

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