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Best Cinema 4D Grass Tutorials

Here is a list of tutorials that give good breakdowns on how to make grass in Cinema 4D.

Grass Tutorial Cinema 4D by 3D Tutorials
Very quick and simple way to make grass.

Hair-Force 1by Base 80
One of the best tutorials focusing on animating grass.

How to create 3D grass by Adam Woodhouse
A quick and simple way of using the Fur object to create realistic grass.

Hair engine. Grassy scene by Rob Redman
An insightful video tutorial on how to make a grassy scene.

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Grass by Tom Decker
Another simple step by step tutorial using the Fur object.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Modeling realistic grass in Cinema 4D by Matúš Laco
A complex approach to making realistic grass.

Chris Zwar on planning and creating a complex 3D project

Chris Zwar recently published a three-part series on the ProVideo Coalition website that is billed as a “3-part video tutorial looking at advanced 3D animation in After Effects “.

Yeah, it is that. But it’s so much more.

In part 1, Chris gives a lot of real-world insight into planning a project, including all of the things that you must do outside of After Effects if you want to be successful and have happy clients. He talks about researching the audience, the viewing environment, and the client. He talks about getting reference photographs. This is the kind of up-front work that can make or break a project. I’m adding a link to this part of the series from the “Planning your work” section of After Effects Help (which also, by the way, contains a link to one of my favorite articles by Aharon Rabinowitz).

In part 2, Chris goes into deep detail about building 3D scenes and objects in After Effects. He has some good explanations and tips about collapsing transformations, precomposing, and parenting.

In part 3, he goes into more detail about the importance of textures, lights, and shadows in making a synthetic 3D scene look more realistic.

As Chris himself points out, this isn’t a tutorial series in the sense in which the word ‘tutorial’ has been used too much lately. He doesn’t show the click-by-click steps that the viewer can follow without actually building any understanding. Rather, this is a series that aims to demonstrate and explore some important concepts in the context of a real-world project. I think that this gets back to the root of the word ‘tutorial’: it teaches.

Great work, Chris!

Source: After Effects Region of Interest Blog

After Effects Lexus Tutorial by Barbecue

Barbecue Design created an amazing commercial for Lexus Toyota Hybrid Drive using After Effects and Trapcode plug-ins. Ruediger was nice enough to put together a three part tutorial on how he did a lot of the effects in the commercial. What is even more exciting is that he is allowing me to provide downloads for these videos.

Here are the links:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3