Amazing tutorials to help you learn to create 3D animations, videos, artwork and illustrations using Maxon Cinema 4D.

Maxon’s Cinema 4D is the most popular 3D suite with creative professionals. It might not have the Hollywood movie cred of the likes of Autodesk’s Maya, but it’s a lot less expensive – and is therefore accessible to a much wider group of users from artists and illustrators to motion graphics artists.

Cinema 4D is also easier to learn than other 3D tools if you’re used to other creative applications from Photoshop to After Effects – and in After Effects CC, Adobe has even built-in a pipeline between AE and C4D that makes it easy to create 3D elements in Cinema 4D as part of a motion graphics or VFX project.

So whether you’re new to Cinema 4D or an old hand, looking to produce static artworks, highly-crafted 3D type or dynamic animations, check out these seven brilliant tutorials from leading CG artists and animators.

Create realistic gold 3D type

Taking typography off the page and hand-crafting letterforms using non-digital scupltural materials and textures is very popular currently.

Here Polish graphic designer and illustrator Peter Tarka looks at how to model, light, compose, texture and arrange 3D type that looks like it’s made of gold.

Give a 3D Scene a bubblegum shine

In this Masterclass, Murilo Maciel reveals the process he used to create this contemporary and playful piece for the KidShannon division of the representation agency Shannon. It features a composition of 3D objects, with a feel somewhere between the plastic used for kids toys and the shiny slickness of bubblegum.

Cinema 4D for beginners

Cinema 4D is the natural 3D suite for designers and illustrators, who are used to Adobe’s Creative Suite/Cloud tools. Indeed, its interface has much in common with Adobe’s UI. Here Swedish 3D artist Jean Pichot takes you through creating your first 3D scene in a way that’s tailored towards the Cinema 4D newcomer who is already familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator.

Jean provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Cinema 4D’s interface, but still leaves you lots of scope to play with the look and settings of the graphic elements – so you’ll learn through experimenting and create an end product that’s your own.

Learn the best ways to create 3D type

Christopher Vinca explains how to produce realistic-looking 3D letters with accurate lighting and textures.

Use 3D to create colourful abstract art

This tutorial explains how you can easily transform a simple 3D abstract render into a big and colourful illustration. Using simple techniques in Cinema 4D, along with some handy Photoshop tricks, German digital artist Nicolas Monin-Baroille will guide you through the creation of his work,Project X.

Create a fluid plastic type animation

In this tutorial, Spanish motion graphics artist and animator Luis Armesilla – aka Aesthetic Therapie – explains how he creates fluid-based type illustrations where the letters are formed from liquid.

Create liquid 3D type

The use of CG in type-driven illustration is growing in popularity. With easy transitions between 3D suites such as Cinema 4D and Adobe’s Creative Suite, the possibilities are endless. Cinema 4D also supports high-end plug-ins such as RealFlow, which enhances your depictions of liquids. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to generate 3D type, apply realistic materials and lighting, and polish it in Photoshop.