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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use soft body dynamics on your splines to create some great organic rope animations. Huge shout out to Alessandro Boncio for his help on this!

UPDATE: We have selected the winners and you can see them here: thepixellab.net/vfx-elements-contest-results

The Prizes are:

First Place: NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card
Second Place: Complete VDB Bundle: www.thepixellab.net/vdb-bundle
Third Place: VFX Element Bundle: www.thepixellab.net/vfx-elements-bundle-pl

Geforce 3080

Pixel Lab VFX Elements Contest Rules:

1. Take the included 4 types of VFX Elements Assets: Blood, Fire, Portal and Smoke Plumes
(FYI, The full product on our site has complete VDB animation sequences, but for this contest I’m giving you a handful of the .vdb frames from the animations for free. Each element, blood, fire, portal and smoke plumes, has 5-6 frames you can choose from to make your still render).
2. Create a still render using at least 3 out of the 4 assets. At least 3 of the 4 types must be in your render. You can use all four if you want.
3. Post your photo to instagram, and include the hashtag #pixellabvfx
4. Follow www.instagram.com/the.pixel.lab/
5. The deadline will be the end of November.

Our internal team of judges will look at all of the entries based on the hashtag #pixellabvfx We will pick the top three entries based on creativity/originality/design and we will announce the winners in early December. We will fulfill the prizes shortly after, although the graphics card will be determined by when we can get our hands on one if they are out of stock. If we can’t get one, we will offer a cash equivalent replacement.

Note 1: This artwork must be created for the contest. It cannot be a previous piece you have already created.

Note 2: If you want to double dip and create an epic NFT piece to sell as well as submit it to the contest, that’s totally fine. This might be a great way of using your time for two purposes!

Note 3: If you want to purchase any of our products, and you end up winning, we will refund your purchase, so don’t worry about buying them if you want to.

Here are the included elements in the contest download:

VFX Elements Contest The Pixel Lab

Ready to roll? Download the free asset pack I prepared for this contest and let’s go!

Download 3D Elements for Contest

Download official contest rules

 

Free Cinema 4D 3D Model C4D Water Cooler

I have an awesome free 3D model today. It’s a Cinema 4D water cooler model! (It’s texture for Octane, fyi). This is modeled by the talented Pavel Zosim. Pavel is a designer who lives in Moldova. He has over 12 years of experience working with Houdini, C4D and AE. Make sure to check him out here: behance.net/zosimpavel

Thanks mate! If any of you have a free resource you’ve made, let me know. I would love to help you spread the word! joren@thepixellab.net

Click to Download Free C4D Water Cooler Model

 

A new dawn has come for us. No longer do we have to save our Illustrator files for V8 and then import splines and add them individually to extrude nurbs and sweeps and then position everything in a messy hierarchy and colorize them. I’ve wasted countless hours of my life doing this! Now, with R25 and the C4D Vector Import you can just do all that work with a few clicks. It’s a great update!

In this C4D tutorial I’ll show you how to use mograph to create a holographic transition. You could also use this to create a sci-fi style HUD element. Super cool technique. I hope you find it useful!

Imperfect Metals Collection for Redshift RS Maxon Cinema 4D

I’m thrilled to release an exquisite collection of metal materials with 15 unique categories. Each category features between 7 and 12 materials. Everyday Usage categories included Brushed, Dirty, Scratched, Smudged and Stained. Specialty Usage categories include Anodized, Corroded, Corrugated, Decorative, Dented, Iridescent, Oily, Painted, Paneled and Perforated. In this download you’ll get 8 of them for free to test out and see if you are interested in the full pack. Feel free to use these for whatever you want, enjoy!

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Click to Download Free Imperfect Metals Collection for Redshift Sampler

Learn more about the full pack here: thepixellab.net/imperfect-metals-collection-for-redshift

Imperfect Metals Collection for Redshift RS Maxon Cinema 4D

I have a gorgeous freebie for you today! This is modeled by Max Tkachenko. Find him here: mxtk.ru

Free Model 3D Crab Bot Crabot C4D Blender

This model is a 3D Crab Bot model and comes with multiple formats. I made a .c4d version that’s rendered with Octane and it also includes a Alembic and a Blender version. Feel free to use for whatever you want, just don’t resell. Huge thanks to Max! Make sure to thank him over on his site and follow his work. Enjoy!

Click to Download Free Crabot 3D Model

If you have any cool assets you want to share with the community please shoot me an e-mail to joren@thepixellab.net and I can help spread the word.

Btw, if you like this type of model, make sure to check out our Hard Surfaces pack with hundreds of sci-fi hard surface model pieces. Check it out here.

I have a gorgeous freebie for you today! This is modeled by Max Tkachenko. Find him here: mxtk.ru

Free 3D Model Sci Fi Energy Device

This model is a 3D Sci-Fi Energy Device and comes with multiple formats. I even made a .c4d version that’s rendered with Octane. Feel free to use for whatever you want, just don’t resell. Huge thanks to Max! Make sure to thank him over on his site and follow his work. Enjoy!

If you have any cool assets you want to share with the community please shoot me an e-mail to joren@thepixellab.net and I can help spread the word.

Free 3D Model Sci Fi Energy Device

Click to Download Free 3D Energy Device Model

 

Btw, if you like this type of model, make sure to check out our Hard Surfaces pack with hundreds of sci-fi hard surface model pieces. Check it out here.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to convert and use a .lib4d in the new R25 Asset Browser. Super easy, so learn the workflow and get your old products organized and ready to roll!

50 Animated Clouds for Your Render Engine of Choice

VDB Clouds Pack 4

I’m thrilled to finally deliver what so many of you have asked for: our best selling cloud VDBs as fully animated sequences. This is a first of it’s kind, a pack of ultra real VDB clouds billowing and animating!

VDB Cloud Pack Volume 4 Animated

Check out the product page to see all the animated renders and see what they look like!

Click to Learn More about VDB Clouds Pack Volume 4

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