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Ever heard of SDS Weighting? Sounds daunting and technical. It’s really just a fancy way of saying you can tweak your subdivision surface to quickly give you more control over what areas it affects. This quick tip was sent to me by Niko from nikomedia.at He’s got a lot of content over there. Make sure to send him a thank you!

If you have any great tips to share, let me know at [email protected] and I can help spread the word and give you a shoutout!

This quick tip was sent to me by Julien Grandon. You can check out his work at www.artydonkey.com HUGE thanks to Julien for sharing!

In this tutorial I’ll show you a super fast way to fix any 3D models that have geometry issues when you import them. This happens all the time with models imported from random places like Turbosquid. They come in as .fbx or a 3ds max file and there are significant mesh issues. This tip will show you how to optimize the mesh to instantly fix these import issues. I hope you learned something new!

Arnold Mutating Materials Bricks

We just released the new Arnold Mutating Materials: Bricks Pack with over 270 epic materials! We wanted to give you a freebie too, so we’re giving away 10 of the materials for free. Enjoy!

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Click to Download Free Arnold Mutating Materials Bricks Sampler

If you like these, check out our full pack with over 270 brick textures!

Arnold Mutating Materials Bricks

In this quick tip I’ll show you how to quickly pick focus using the free PickFocusDistance plugin. If you’re using native C4D or some render engines that don’t include a easy way to pick focus, this will save you a TON of time.

Get the free plugin here: lasselauch.com/c4d-script-pickfocusdistance

This tip was given to me by Pascal Fuerst. Check out his stuff here: www.behance.net/PascalFuerst

Huge thanks to Pascal! If you have any great motion design tips, shoot me an e-mail to [email protected] and if I use them in my video I will give you a shoutout!

Free Cinema 4D Octane 3D Model Lollipop Sucker

We have an awesome freebie for you today! This is by Dominik, who goes by Boxoffrogs. You can check out his renders here: artstation.com/boxoffrogs

The download is a Cinema 4D model of a sucker or lollipop. It’s lit/textured for Octane Render and includes many different lollipop texture variations. I really like the subtle cracks in the lollipop that he added with a Voronoi Fracture. It adds some really nice detail. Feel free to download and use for whatever you want. Make sure to check out Boxoffrogs on Artstation. Huge thanks to Domi for sharing!!

If you have any cool models/textures you want to share with the community, just e-mail me, [email protected] and I can help spread the world!

Free Cinema 4D Octane 3D Model Lollipop Sucker

Click to Download Free 3D Lollipop Model for C4D

I very rarely post content that I haven’t made, but this one is really special so I’m sharing it. Gavin Shapiro (instagram.com/shapiro500) recorded this presentation for Maxon and the 3D and Motion Design Show. He shows his process for creating looping animations in Cinema 4D and it really blew my mind. The detail and explanation is really intriguing and polished. I thought it would be a really cool source of inspiration for you!

If you want some more “looping” animation tuts, here are a couple tutorials we have made:

Super quick tip for you today! I’ll show you how to project a Cinema 4D spline onto another object. It’s basic, but it’s super helpful if you didn’t know about it.

After nearly a month of back and forth amongst all of our judges we are ready to announce the winners of the VDB Contest! We had 7 judges, in case you were wondering:

EJ Hassenfratz: eyedesyn.com

Rob Redman: Pariahstudios.co.uk

Codrut Bolborojan: Screenglow.net

David Broduer: lockedandloading.com

Aaron Covrett: aaroncovrett.com

Daniel Danielsson: processofmotion.com

Joren Kandel: thepixellab.net

After 4 rounds of judging our results are in. Congrats to everyone who entered. We had almost 250 entries, and they are all incredibly inspiring. It was quite a challenge to narrow it down. I hope you all enjoyed the experience and learned a lot! Here we go. The winner of the VDB Contest is:

#1: Instagram.com/topher.exe

VDB Contest Winner

#2 Winner is: instagram.com/leonklaas

VDB Contest Winner

#3 Winner is: instagram.com/yasutaka.fukuda

VDB Contest Winner

#4 Winner is: instagram.com/shamhead

VDB Contest Winner

#5 Winner is: instagram.com/adinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

VDB Contest Winner

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