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Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering [Book]

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The book “Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering” offers a comprehensive walkthrough of every step involved in texturing, lighting, and rendering projects using Cinema 4D. It’s a valuable resource for novice and intermediate users of the software, providing insights into important concepts and techniques for rendering that can help you produce high-quality outputs. Whether you’re just getting started with texturing, lighting, and rendering in Cinema 4D or looking to enhance your existing skills, this book has got you covered.

Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering [Book]

Book Code: NFB003TD02, ISBN: 979-8387000652

This guide takes a systematic and practical approach to teach you the fundamentals of rendering, followed by real-world examples to improve your texturing and lighting abilities. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, covering all the essential aspects of rendering in Cinema 4D, including sampling, shaders, maps, camera and post effects, and lighting. As you work through the tutorials, you’ll acquire a broad range of skills that can be combined to create top-notch renders using Standard and Physical renderers. Additionally, you’ll gain insight into Cinema 4D’s node-based material system for creating material networks using nodes.

With its abundance of tips, tricks, notes, and cautions, this book is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their Cinema 4D rendering skills and streamline their workflow. It’s a comprehensive guide aimed at teaching the essentials of rendering in Cinema 4D, presented in an accessible manner free of jargon. The tutorials included in the book provide clear step-by-step instructions on how to achieve various tasks using Cinema 4D. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to illuminate and render any scene in Cinema 4D with confidence.

What are the key features of the Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering book?

  • A detailed explanation of Physical and Standard renderers and render settings
  • Explanation of post-effects such as Global Illumination, Ambient Occlusion, and Color Mapping
  • In-depth coverage of depth-of-field and motion blur effects
  • Tutorial on rendering flicker-free animation
  • Use of the Depth pass to achieve dynamic depth-of-field
  • Illuminating a scene using only polygon lights
  • Exploration of Cinema 4D lights
  • Techniques for product visualization and interior rendering
  • Coverage of UV mapping
  • A detailed explanation of the Node Editor and use of nodes in Cinema 4D
  • More than 46 tutorials are included, along with before and after files.
  • Explains the process of creating various materials.
  • Additional guidance is provided through tips, notes, and cautions.
  • Important terms are in boldface so that you never miss them.
  • The material presented under the heading “What just happened?” provides an explanation of how the instructions are functioning.
  • Under the “What next?” heading, the content outlines the steps that should be taken after completing a particular step or set of steps.
  • The resources for this textbook include an ePub file that contains color images of the screenshots and illustrations featured in the book. These images are provided to enhance the learning experience and are included as part of the resources.
  • Access to the starting and ending states of each tutorial, as well as the resources used in the tutorials, is available to you.

Who this book is for?

  • Beginners and intermediate users of Cinema 4D
  • Digital artists
  • Motion graphics artists
  • Indie game developers
  • And anyone who wants to learn Cinema 4D

What are the prerequisites?

  • No prior experience is required, beginners friendly
  • Cinema 4D software installed on a computer or laptop
  • Eagerness to learn and grow
  • Willingness to be awesome

How the Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering Book is structured?

This book is divided into the following chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction to UV Mapping: This chapter provides an overview of UVs, UV Manager, and UV Projection techniques.
Chapter 2 – Standard Renderer: This chapter covers the basics of the Standard renderer, its settings, and various post-effects such as global illumination, ambient occlusion, and more. It also explains the process of creating the dynamic depth-of-field effect.
Chapter 3 – Physical Renderer: This chapter focuses on the Physical renderer, covering depth-of-field and motion blur effects, and illuminating a scene with polygon lights.
Chapter 4 – Material Presets: This chapter introduces some of the material presets in Cinema 4D and how to create them from scratch.
Chapter 5 – Creating Materials: This chapter explains the material creation process, including creating different materials and understanding the reflectance model of Cinema 4D.
Chapter 6 – Node-Based Materials: This chapter delves into the node-based material system, discussing various nodes and how to use them to create node graphs.
Chapter 7 – Lighting: This chapter covers Cinema 4D lights and various lighting techniques.

Is the book available in other languages?

Not yet, if you are interested in translating this book, contact us.

Is this book available in digital format?

Yes, see “Purchase Options” at the end of this page.

Can I reuse the Cinema 4D files provided by you?

Absolutely, you are free to modify and use the files.

Are you going to make the Maxon Cinema 4D 2023: A Detailed Guide to Shading, Lighting, and Rendering book available in any other format?

It was always our plan to make decent content from the book publicly available in HTML format, but we haven’t made that decision yet. If you feel strongly about this option, or the book being available in any other format, let us know.

Still, have questions?

No problem, contact us, we are more than ready to provide answers to your questions.

Purchase Options

  • Individual Orders: Amazon Paperback | Amazon Kindle | Other Stores (Apple, Kobo, Scribd, Smashwords, etc.)
  • College Bookstores: Contact us directly and get up to a 30% discount on bulk orders.
  • High Schools: High schools can now purchase textbooks directly from Neurons Factory by contacting us.
  • Students: Our textbooks for course use are generally available through your college bookstore.

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