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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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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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C4D icons and their colors

C4D icons and their colors

Ever wanted to change the icons or the colors? Well this is how you get into it.       Download the file below, navigate into your c4d install directory, and then navigate to “resource\modules\c4dplugin\icons” and paste it there. ( make a backup of your original). Download tif file   If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-MAXON-cinema4d/ The post C4D i

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FFD deformer tips

FFD deformer tips

In this tutorial i go over how to more effectively use the FFD tutorial in Cinema 4D. Use a pose morph tag to store states, you can also use the same tag to transfer info between FFD objects         If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-MAXON-cinema4d/ The post FFD deformer tips appeared first on Ace5studios.   View the full article  

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Cloth Simulation

Cloth Simulation

Cinema 4D’s cloth sim system isn’t the most advanced in the world, but i did find a way to simulate a nice top with it. So here is a tutorial about it. I also cover how to modify cloth objects and then keep simulating them.       Actually simulating cloth on moving characters doesn’t go quite as smoothly as you can see here, but i guess it just needs more work. I’ll also try xparticles cloth sim tools some time soon.     A good way to stick clothes t

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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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5 things i wish i knew when i was starting out as a 3D artist

People often ask where to start and what to do to become a 3D artist like me.   Im not sure i’m the right person to ask, since i just kinda stumbled into this by accident. But there are some very important things i learnt, which i wish somebody told me earlier, so i will share them here.   1. This is not a stable, predictable or lucrative career. If you need money, if you have to support your family, this is really not the career for you. It’s super unpredictable, skills you need shift yea

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Tag Buttons

Tag Buttons

Ever wanted buttons for stuff like Protection tag, cloth or other stuff, well now you can. If you need any other buttons, just let me know and i’ll whip em up for you.     Download Scripts   If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-MAXON-cinema4d/ The post Tag Buttons appeared first on Ace5studios.   View the full article  

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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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Spline IK – What is Spline ik? – Cinema4D tutorial

Use spline IK to rig your character spines, and much more! SPINE SPLINES! Lets learn about making character spines using the Splike IK tag in Cinema4D. help your character dance and wiggle its hips better than ever! Check out this spline animation tutorial for more spline animation goodness: https://ace5studios.com/spline-animation-tutorial-c4d-dont-use-pla/ The post Spline IK – What is Spline ik? – Cinema4D tutorial appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article

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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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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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Hotdog4D – Free Cinema4D Character Rig

Saw the dancing snapchat hotdog, and just had to recreate it, such a fun character. Then got my apprentice Maria to practice rigging on it. And now you guys get a free rigged character to play with. win win win :)) Go check out her art station account at:  https://www.artstation.com/artist/jersy Don’t forget to tag ace5 or just sent me links to what you make with him. Share to Unlock Content<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>image/svg+xml Unlock this excl

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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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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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Ultimate #Bony4D Cinema4D Character rig!

Fully rigged #Bony4D character for cinema 4D   Check out the new Beefy Rig for cinema4D. When i released the first one i wasn’t that good at rigging, and had Brett Do it, but since them ive improved a lot, and developed my own style of rigging, and even taught Maria how to do it too. So i decided beefy deserves to be ri-rigged in the Ace5 studios way. So here it is, enjoy!   Hint: Bind “reset psr” to an easy shortcut if you haven’t yet

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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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Playblast render or HW preview in Cinema4D

Sometimes your scene won’t playback at full speed in the viewport, and you want to see what your animation timing looks like, but it takes too long to render a full render. This here is your solution.   View the full article

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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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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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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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