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In this blog I'd like to share my free video tutorials with you. Most of my tutorials are about hard surface modeling, SDS modeling, and modeling using splines. I hope you'll enjoy the tutorials!

 

 

 

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330 Free Chinese Patterns for Cinema 4D

330 Free Chinese Patterns for Cinema 4D

Hi everyone,   I've just finished an object library filled with 330 Chinese patterns I modelled on the basis of photo references and 2D graphics images, and I'd like to share this library with you.  Each of the 330 patterns comes both as a polygon object and a spline object, so you'll have 660 objects to play around with.    You can download the free library here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/5xeddl0y42j2knb/chinese patterns UD01.lib4d?dl=0   All obje

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1800 Free Architectural Profiles for C4D

1800 Free Architectural Profiles for C4D

Hi everyone,    I'm sharing my Cinema 4D library of more than 1800 architectural profiles with you. It used to be a commercial product for a while, but as of now it is available for free. I made this libarary about 7 years ago in Release 13. It will NOT work in versions older than R12.    All profiles are based on real-world references and scaled to real-world dimensions. You can downlaod the library here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/e4pshf0wast7919/arch_profi

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150 Free Jigsaw Puzzles for C4D

150 Free Jigsaw Puzzles for C4D

Hi everyone,    Today, I'm releasing my free jigsaw puzzle library for Cinema 4D (R12 or newer).    The library contains 150 different jigsaw puzzles, sorted according to their shape. All puzzles are based on photo references and 2D graphics images I found on Shutterstock, Printerest, etc.   You can download the library here:    Jigsaw Puzzle Library File   There's a short video on the library you can watch on Vimeo:     

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Modelling Pipe Connections

Here's a couple of older tutorialsI did on modelling various pipe connections. For the sake of completeness I'm also posting an ancient video I recorded on using one of Jürgen Meier's free plugins (Cylinder-Cylinder-II). That one was recorded in R9, but as far as the plugin is concerned, everything still works the same way in current C4D releases, so the videos might be interesting for some of you.    You can get the Cylinder-to-Cylinder-II plugin here: http://www.3d-meier.de/  
R9.6 tutorial on modelling a building

R9.6 tutorial on modelling a building

This is a very old tutorial I recorded back in Cinema 4D Release 9.6 (it was entitled "Modelling Architecture in Cinema 4D").    I took it offline a long time ago as it was outdated and not very useful anymore. I still keep getting requests for it occasionally though, which is why I have decided to re-upload it again. Sending people video files or temporarily uploading them to some file hoster was a bit of a pain. Anyone who has lost their downloads from back then or wants to revisit t

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Breaking your Balls in Cinema

Breaking your Balls in Cinema

In this video we will create a short animation, smashing one sphere into another using Mograph and Voronoi fracture. We will create a bullet time effect with a free plugin by Nitro4D called "Magic Slow Motion". Finally, we will use the Physical renderer to add motion blur and make the fast movement of the objects more believable and realistic.   You can download the "Magic Slow Motion" plugin here https://nitro4d.com/product/magic-slowmotion/   I hope you'll enjoy the vi
 

HS Excercise 1: Victorian-style window

In this 40-minute video we are going to practice hard surface modeling and create a Victorian-style window using blueprints as a reference. You can download a Cinema 4D file in which the references have already been set up: https://www.dropbox.com/s/enlkn3oqkn113ft/C4D start file.zip?dl=0    

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Circular Jigsaw Puzzle

This a tutorial on using the spline tools in Cinema 4D. In this first set of videos we will learn the basics and create a circular jigsaw puzzle. I made these tutorials because I think the C4D spline tools are great for creating Illustrator-style shapes, and they're actually pretty easy to use. No Illustrator files will be used in this tutorial. It's strictly C4D.    In the second set of tutorials (I'll create a separate blog entry for those) we will build on the knowledge learned in t

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SDS Excercise 07 (Full Tutorial)

SDS Excercise 07 (Full Tutorial)

SDS Excercise 07 (Full Tutorial)   In SDS excercise number 7 we continue practicing modelling with subdivision surfaces. Once again I am using an object from a free kitbash library as a reference.     If you want to give it a shot, you can download the project file here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dc8s66og7z2v9po/SDS Excercise 007 start file.7z?dl=0   I hope you like the video. As usual, thank you very much for watching!    

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Create holes using NitroCycle Plugin

Create holes using NitroCycle Plugin

Cinema 4D: Creating holes in geometry using Nitro4D's "Nitro Cycle" plugin   Today we will have a look at how we can create holes (e.g. for pipe connections etc.) in Cinema 4D using a plugin called "Nitro Cycle " by Nitro 4D.  You can download a C4D project file here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/wu4bu5z7068cfhq/Nitro Cycle Plugin - project file.c4d?dl=0   You can buy the plugin here:  https://nitro4d.com/product/nitrocycle/   I hope you'll enjoy the video. T
Modelling a Plastic Box

Modelling a Plastic Box

In this tutorial I will show how to model a common plastic box in Cinema 4D using simple hard surface modelling techniques.    You can download a project folder with two project files. both files contain the reference images we will be using, so we can get started right away. You can download the project folder here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/jjfv9khuoam9ljh/Plastic Box - Project files.7z?dl=0   I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!   At the end
HSE 03: Detailed SciFi Floor Panel

HSE 03: Detailed SciFi Floor Panel

HS Excercise 03: Detailed SciFi Floor Panel:   In this 3.5 hour tutorial we will be modeling a highly detailed scifi floor panel. The object is based on a model from a kitbash set by Vitaly Bulgarov:    https://vitalybulgarov.com/3d-kitbash/sci-fi-floor-panels   We will be building a clean mesh from scratch, starting from a simple plane. I will show you my approach to modeling hard surface details, and how I integrate areas with lots of details into areas with littl

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Simple wooden gazebo

Simple wooden gazebo

In this tutorial we are going to model a simple wooden gazebo in Cinema 4D. The object is based on a CAD model I found on GrabCad (https://grabcad.com/library) a while ago.  You can download a project file that contains the reference images needed for modelling here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/njcfq2a0coitnox/WG project.7z?dl=0   I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial. Thanks for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    

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SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (TL)

SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (Time Lapse Version)   SDS excercise 04 currently only is available as a time lapse video without sound. I'll do a full tutorial with narration when I find the time.    In this subdivision surface excercise I am modeling a shader ball that is based on a similar shader ball created by Grant Warwick.    Enjoy!      
 

SDS Excercise 05: Holes in Sphere

In subdivision surface excercise No. 05 we will take a look at one way of putting some holes into a sphere.    In this video I am using a plugin by C4DZone called "Quadcaps". You can buy it for app. 5 Euros here:   http://www.c4dzone.com/en/shop/plug-ins-17/quadcaps-1-0-255.htm   For those of you who don't have the plugin I have uploaded a project file with the finished object:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/ltd8tu8stu1pbk2/SDS excercise 05 project file.c4d?d
 

SDS Excercise 04: Shader Ball (Full)

Following the time lapse version I posted in my blog a short while ago, I have now finished a full 70-minute tutorial with narration on SDS modeling that shader ball.    My version of this model was inspired by a similar shader ball made by Grant Warwick:   https://masteringcgi.com.au/mastering-cgi-shader-ball/ http://c4dvraysource.blogspot.de/2016/02/free-grant-warwick-vray-material-test.html   You can download a project file (WinZiP) to follow along:   
 

HS Excercise 2: Brick Fence

In this 60-minute tutorial we will be modelling a section of a brick fence based on a reference image I found on Shutterstock.    If you want to give it a try, you can download the reference image I used from Shutterstock:   https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-vector/garden-gateway-stone-pillars-forged-gate-160566293?src=DA1vBCj9XqyI0J2CPl2q1w-1-23   There also is a time lapse version of this tutorial, I've already posted that in my blog here at the Cafe.  

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SDS Excercise 07 (Time Lapse Version)

SDS Excercise 07 (Time Lapse Version)

In SDS excercise number 7 we continue practicing modelling with subdivision surfaces. Once again I am using an object from a free kitbash library as a reference. This is a fairly quick and simple one. Currently there only is this 4-minute time lapse version of the tutorial.    If you want to give it a shot, you can download a reference image for modelling here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9y2kfwef6t0zv4g/SDS Excer 007 ref image.png?dl=0   I rendered the reference i

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Modelling a detailed Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

Modelling a detailed Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

In this tutorial we will again create a real-world object and model a detailed 12' by 16' wooden shed based on a PDF plan, modelling to scale and not using the metric system but Inches this time. We will, for the most part, create this object pretty much like you would in real life.    We will use MoGraph for modelling a lot and learn how we can create and position quite a few of the components for the shed with the Cloner object, and we will work with instances a lot in order to keep
MoGraph/Voronoi/NOTA Effector Tutorial

MoGraph/Voronoi/NOTA Effector Tutorial

Simple MoGraph Animation using Voronoi Frachture and the NOTA Effector   In this tutorial we'll be creating a simple animation of a cube consisting of Tetris-shaped pieces using the Voronoi Fracture object and a Mograph plugin called the NOTA Effector.    Plugins used:: NOTA Effector   Thank you for watching this video.    Enjoy!   Cheers contrafibbularities  

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SDS Modeling Excercises 01 to 03

These are three tutorials on practicing SDS modeling. I hope you'll enjoy them. I'll start with the links to the latest one:   SDS Excericse 03:   Time lapse version   Full tutorial, app. 35-minutes, with voice-over):    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   SDS Excercise 02:          -------------

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Christmas 2019 Give-Aways

Christmas 2019 Give-Aways

It is this time of year again... Time for some presents! I am giving away 30 models I created in the past few months. All of them are laser-cut models based on CAD files.  You can download the set of models here:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/g3dv0avrq5q5dgu/Laser Cut Objects Christmas 2019.7z?dl=0   Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! Cheers contrafibbularities                

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SDS Excercise 06 (Full tutorial)

Subdivision Surface Excercise 06: One more sphere...   In this 65-minute tutorial we'll have a look at sub-d modelling one more spherical object. This sphere has four big holes evenly distributed across its surface, plus a couple of smaller ones to make the object look more interesting.   The goal, as usual, is to create clean geometry without any triangles and N-gons.    In the video I'm using the "Even Distribution" script, which is part of the HB Modelling Bundle

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SDS Excercise: Ornament

SDS Excercise: Ornament

In this video we will model an ornament in Cinema 4D using subdivision surfaces.    You can download a project file that includes the references for modelling:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qizp4lwm8pzblgb/ornament start file.7z?dl=0   Plugins used:    HB Modelling Bundle:  http://www.c4dstuff.com/products/hbmodellingbundle   Enjoy!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    

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HS Excercise 2 (Time Lapse): Brick Fence

In hard surface modelling excercise number 2 we will be modelling a section of a brick fence. Currently there only is this time lapse version of the tutorial. I am planning on doing a full tutorial with voice over within the next couple of weeks, hopefully.    If you want to give it a try yourself, you can download the reference image I used at Shutterstock:    https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-vector/garden-gateway-stone-pillars-forged-gate-160566293?src=DA1vBCj9XqyI0J2C
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