65 Intriguing CINEMA 4D Tutorials for Designers


Most of us are quite familiar with 3D technology – what with the latest movies and games that have been released in the market today. We can’t hide the fact that 3d animations and graphics have been so outstanding.  CINEMA 4D is a 3-D application that is popular amongst matte painters in film production, largely due to the BodyPaint 3D functionality. It is equally popular amongst motion graphics artists, thanks to its excellent integration with composting application pipelines, and a very artist-friendly, customizable workflow and interface. It has been used for films such as Chronicles of Narnia, Beowulf, Polar Express, Spiderman 3 and Monster House.


CINEMA 4D’s intuitive interface and logical workflow make it possible for those new to 3D artistry to dive in and be productive quickly.

In this presentation, we present to you a 65 Intriguing CINEMA 4D Tutorials for Designers for igniting your creativity. Hope you will like this collection.


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Creating a ball bearing using arrays

Apple Pro Speaker Cinema4D Tutorial by Martin “DerMattin” Ernst

Stylish Lighting in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

Use Global Illumination to create complex lighting and shadows.

Door Type

Create cool looking 3D type with a door built into the side.

Rolling Red Carpet

Create a rolling red carpet that reveals text on the inside.

Font Explode

Explode a bit of 3D text and style it to create some awesome looking typographic elements.

Little Planet

Distort a panoramic image and create some 3D text, to make a little planet type effect.

Beach Ball

Model and texture a beach ball.

Crumpling Paper

Using the cloth tag, create an animation that makes a piece of paper crumple into a ball.

Interactive Speakers

Model some speakers, and make them react to a sound file using Mograph.

Super Text

Create a text effect similar the one used by Superman.

Sketch Car

Use Sketch and Toon, along with After Effects, to create a hand-drawn looking animation of a car.

Xpresso Series

Three parts of this series (Xpresso: Camera Projection, On/Off Switch, and Replace Textures.)

Egg Modeling

Check out several resources on how to model an egg.

Modeling a Zebra

Model a toy zebra (includes a free 3d model).

Modeling a Book

Model and texture a book, and add dust to the cover (project files include).

The UV-Map Dirtmap Baker Tutorial

Get a clean UV map, calculate a dirt map, and work with Baker.

Working With Procedurals

Use 3d procedural textures, instead of bitmaps, to acheive the desired result.

Modeling an Hourglass

Model, texture, and light an hourglass.

Contraint Tag: Aim

Learn the differences between the Target and Constraint tags.

Introduction to Point Cache

Learn to use the Point Cache Tag and Point Cache Deformer.

Looping Noise

Use looping noise to create random motion in different objects.

Modeling a Lightsaber

Check out this awesome tutorial on modeling a replica lightsaber.

Making a Fireball with Pyrocluster

Create a realistic fireball inside of a container using Pyrocluster.

Modeling a Water Faucet

A basic tutorial on modeling and texturing a water faucet with handles for hot and cold.

Creating a Cel or Wireframe Render

Create a Cel or Wireframe Render of your model (kinda self explanatory).

Model a Basic Peanut Can

A basic tutorial on modeling a peanut can, and then lighting it appropriately.

Vector Logo To 3D

Create a logo from vector shapes, and then turn those shapes into 3d extrusions.

Exploring Sound Effector

Explore the Sound Effector, and how it can react to different parts of your scene.

Explosive Typography Effects

Create an awesome exploding 3D text effect.

Making of Super Snail

This is a huge tutorial on modeling the Super Snail ( including the body, slime, and rocket motor).

Modeling “Daylight”

Create a realistic looking castle alleyway scene with fantastic lighting effects.

Materials in C4D

Learn to create realistic looking glass materials.

Creating Car Tires

Create some very nice custom textured tires.

Modeling a UFO

Make the UFO’s used in the independent film The Insurgents.

3D Titles

In one of the only C4D tutorials from Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer shows you how to create 3d titles inside of After Effects.

Introduction to Dynamics

Nick Campbell the man behind the next few tutorials gives you a crash course on Dynamics in C4D.

Texturing Objects and Lights

Learn how to use textures to help you light a scene.

Create a Floating Balloon Animation Using HDRI Lighting and Particles

From one of the 5 Second Projects, Nick shows you how to use HDRI

Lighting and Particles to create this awesome little animation.

CS Tools – Daylight

Use CS Tools’ Daylight to light a scene.

CS Tools – Cubes

Nick shows you how to use cubes from CS Tools to animate abstract shapes quickly.

CS Tools – Cluster

Use CS Tools – Cluster to easily create symmetrical burst animations with any object.

CS Tools – Bloom

Use CS Tools – Bloom to automate animations that bloom into scenes with rotation and scale.

CS Tools – Area Light and Ambient Light

Use another one of the lighting tools from CS Tools to light a scene effectively.

CS Tools – Action Cam

Use Action Cam from CS Tools to create some cool camera moves.

Creating a DNA Strand

Create a DNA strand using some basic shapes, deformers, and Mograph modules.

Shattering Glass

In John Dickinson’s first big 3 part tutorial using C4D, he uses

Illustrator, AE, and C4D to create an awesome glass shattering effect.

The Moon

Noise Junkies “Universe” series has this great tutorial on modeling the moon’s surface.

Modeling a Piano

Learn how to model a basic piano.

Playing With Shadows

This is a recreation of Andrew Kramer’s Video Copilot tutorial on creating some soft shadows using Cinema 4D.

Fringe Titles

Learn how to recreate the reverse shatter effect used in the “Fringe” TV show’s opening title sequence.

Organic Mesh

Learn how to recreate Andrew’s organic mesh effect (from Video Copilot) using similar techniques in Cinema 4D.

Beyond Boring Text

This is a nice little tutorial on using the Displace Deformer, with Mograph Text Objects, to create stylized effects.

Kicked the Bucket

Toon Drops


Harry Frank of Graymachine shows you how to make a toony-looking droplet effect using C4D.

Liquid Logos

Chris Martin and Creative Cow has this tutorial for creating a fluid logo using RealFlow inside of Cinema 4D.

Renault Clio

This uses an older version of C4D 8.5 but shows you how you can map decals and sponsor stickers to a car.

Making of: “The Worm”

Learn how Raymond O’Doul created his piece “The Worm” featured on 3DTotal.com.

Dynamic Modeling in C4D Using Mograph

Learn how to make a light grid within Cinema 4D.

Dome Lighting Using Mograph

Learn how to use Mograph in conjunction with Global Illumination to make lighting your models easy yet awesome.

Custom Forces with MoDynamics

Learn how to work with custom forces with the new MoDynamics module in Cinema 4D

Create a Steam Powered Typograhic Treatment

Learn how to make this steampunk-esque looking text treatment using Illustrator, C4D, and Photoshop.

Creating Static Meshes

Learn how to create a Static Mesh, texture it, and import it into UnrealEd for Unreal Tournament 2003+.

Lighting in Cinema 4D

In this three part tutorial, you will learn all there is to know about lights in Cinema 4D: Part 1 Part 2Part 3

Normal Maps

Learn how to use textures and normal maps, using a normal map generator and Photoshop with Cinema 4D.

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  3. Frank says:

    I employ someone just to check all this.
    Great stuff and very useful.
    Thank you

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