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Introduction to CGI for Photographers with Cinema 4D


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In this fun course, learn the basics of modelling and rendering with the very user friendly software from Maxon, Cinema 4D. This software is not only powerful, but also available on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Learn with Vadim Chiline, industry-leading photographer behind EpicMind Studio and CGI artist at VadimChiline.com.

The core of this course will show you how to create a Revlon lip product ad from start to finish.

About the Course

Image credits: DVH Creative Studios

This course is for you, if you:

  • Have never worked with 3D software
  • Are a photographer who want a taste of the fun world of CGI
  • Love learning new tools and technologies

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Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time: 2 hours 48 minutes

Level:  Beginner 

  • Part 01 - What is CGI and what can it do? 5 min

    What’s the current state of CGI in advertising today? What is it all about? What can I create? Some real world examples.

  • Part 02 - What is Cinema 4D? - 3 min

    A introduction to Maxon’s Cinema 4D – a 3D modeling tool available for both Mac & PC.

  • Part 03 - Intro to the Cinema 4D workspace & the basics of building 3D objects - 36 min

    You will learn about the user interface and some basic modelling ideas that you need to grasp in order to complete this course.
    Part 03 - Basics in C4D 2

  • Part 04 - Modelling the Revlon lip gloss product - 21 min

    With some basic tools at your disposal, you will now get your hands dirty modelling your first real world object, a Revlon Lip gloss product.
    Part 04 - Modeling our Revlon product

  • Part 05 - Finding & creating the Revlon logos into vector graphics - 8 min

    With the basic model ready, you need to find yourself a logo and bring it from a flat bitmap to a vector type graphic using Illustrator. If you do not have the software,  Vadim has provided the ready files for import into Cinema 4D.

  • Part 06 - Importing, building & applying the Revlon logo in Cinema 4D - 12 min

    Now that you have your logo in a 2D vector shape, it’s time to bring it life in the 3D world and apply it to your model.
    Part 06 - Modeling to Revlon Logo

  • Part 07 - Creating the materials - 6 min

    There’s nothing attractive with a naked model – so let’s dress her up with some materials adding some realism to your scene.

  • Part 08 - Lighting your virtual studio - 12 min

    Fully dressed, your Revlon product is ready to take the stage. You’ll see how lights are added to bring out some life into the product.
    Part 08 - Lighting your virtual studio

  • Part 09 - Setting up your camera & making final adjustments - 11 min

    Next up is adding a camera to the scene. Figure out the focal length for the desired perspective and make some tweaks with lighting to improve the image impact.

    Part 09 - Setting up your camera

  • Part 10 - Rendering your final scene - 6 min

    Time to put this all together and let the computer do some work, but before that, you need to learn some basics about what is rendering and how to set things up.

  • Part 11 - Final touches in Photoshop - 8 min

    Let’s wrap things up with a touch of Photoshop to bring out some contrasts, saturations and more.

  • Bonus 1 - A quick look at modelling with splines and generators - 31 min

    Learn to create simple objects such as 3D text, curtains, vases/bottles, and odd shaped items that combine various shapes.

    BONUS - Splines and Generators

  • Bonus 2 - Emitters
 - 12 min

    This second bonus gives you a glimpse at the power of particle dynamics. See how to create gravity, colliding balls onto various surfaces coming from an emitter.
    BONUS - Emitters


  • What operating system does Cinema 4D run on?

    – Cinema 4D works on both Mac and PC platforms. 

  • Will I have access to any of the instructor's final files?

    Yes! The instructor has included with the course various files to help you compare and complete the lessons.

  • When I have a question or trouble with course content, can I ask the instructor for help?

    – Yes! As a course student, you will be a part of a private group and forum, where you can ask the instructor any question and/or post your results for review. We encourage you to participate in this group!

  • I am new to Cinema 4D, is there a way to get a demo copy of it to learn this course?

    – Yes! You can download a demo of the software over at Maxon’s Cinema 4D website

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Final Images you'll be able to make yourself

Actual image produced from course

Included as well is an advanced render version of the final file, improving overall image quality

Short emitter animation you will learn to produce

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