New Years Resolution: Tutorials


I’m very impressed and inspired by people committing to daily renders or daily output. It’s incredibly awesome and intense. I personally don’t want to commit to that because of my freelance schedule and running the Pixel Lab I just don’t have time for personal projects every day. However, I do think the power of daily can be utilized in other ways. It’s a bit late for resolution time, but here’s mine: I’m going to watch 1 tutorial every day in 2016. To keep myself accountable I made a little handwritten calendar for every month and I will cross off every day with an X after watching a tutorial.

A lot of times we get swept up in the business and don’t find time to keep progressing personally. Daily reminders and an intentional plan will yield a lot of growth in a year. I encourage you to join! Anybody want to do this with me?

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.” -Jerry Seinfeld

    Free Cinema 4D Network Kit Rig for Infographics


    I stumbled across a really nice Network Kit rig by creativMotion. You can create some nice elements for scientific or network type visualizations. I could see this being used as a visual in infographics etc. The cool thing is you only need Adobe After Effects CC to use it if you don’t have Cinema4D. Anyway, check it out, it might be useful!

    Click here to get the free C4D rig

      C4D Quick Tip: Objects in Cinema4D Getting Cut Off or Clipped


      If you have ever had weird results with a model or tracked scene getting cut off or acting strangely it might be your clipping settings. In this quick tip I’ll show you how to solve this issue. It shows up every once in awhile, so it’s good to know about for future reference!

        C4D Free MagicProjector Plugin: Project Splines onto Geometry

        I made a tutorial not too long ago on how to project your splines onto any surface in C4D with Spline Project. You can watch that here. Nitro4D just released a great free Cinema4D plugin called MagicProjector! This basically lets you do the same thing but quicker and with more options. So, definitely watch this youtube overview, and then head on over to download the plugin. Thanks Nitroman!



        Click here to download free MagicProjector C4D Plugin

          Contest to Win the Graphs and Charts Pack!


          UPDATE: The contest is over, and Lanre from won! Congrats, Lanre. And thanks to all of your for participating. Cheers!

          We’re going to do a 1 week contest and the winner will get a free Graphs and Charts Pack! The rules are simple:

          1. Post on Twitter, Facebook or your personal blog about the Graphs and Charts Pack. You can write whatever you want, and you can snag images from my blog to use if you want, but it has to include this link:

          2. After posting, simply drop a comment under this post saying “DONE” and I will choose the winner randomly next week.

          3. If you want the pack, go ahead and purchase it. If you win the contest I will reimburse your purchase.

          Thanks for supporting the site by spreading the word, I really appreciate it. Have fun, and good luck!!

            Free C4D 3D Model: Guitar Hero Controller


            Hey everyone, we have another free model from Anibal Diaz today! Anibal shared the free Sci-Fi 3D interior scene awhile ago. This time he created a Guitar Hero Controller C4D 3D model. It’s 100% free, just make sure to thank Anibal in the comments or over at his vimeo site: Thanks Anibal!


            Click here to download C4D Guitar Hero Controller 3D Model

              Using 3D Cinema4D Files in Adobe Photoshop


              A lot of people don’t know that you can import .c4d files into Adobe Photoshop and use them in a 3D environment. This can come in handy if you need to change textures for print campaigns etc. You can import the file and actually modify the materials/textures/camera/lights in Photoshop which is pretty rad. Put this in your back pocket in case a specific project comes up and it could save your deadline.

              This tutorial is created by my friend Simon Spencer-Harvey who helps out with a lot of our products. Thanks for sharing what you have learned with us, Simon! The model used in this tutorial is part of out Events and Exhibition Pack 2.0 which you can get here:

                Free Cinema4D Christmas Train Set Model


                If you guys haven’t heard of The Rusted Pixel, you better make sure to check him on Vimeo and Behance. There is some really inspiring content on there, especially when it comes to modeling and texturing in a really unique way. Most of the time we look for shortcuts in our work to do things faster. The Rusted Pixel reminds us that there is no shortcut and hard work is the key to incredible work. The attention to detail in his texturing is pretty epic.

                Anyway, he’s giving away a little Christmas gift for you guys: a Christmas train set model that animates around a Christmas tree. It’s a really cool, low poly type scene and you can use it for any holiday/christmas work you might be doing. Enjoy!

                You can download it in his vimeo description here

                  Free C4D 3D Model: Construction Crawler Crane

                  I have a great free model for you today courtesy of Jim Field: a Cinema4D 3D construction crawler crane. You may know Jim as TheJimReaper in our community. He has created some great free models, some of which we will be posting at The Pixel Lab. Thanks for giving so much to our community Jim, it’s awesome to see what you and other people create and share so generously! Make sure to leave Jim a thank you in the comments if you have a minute.


                  download free C4D 3D construction crawler crane model

                    C4D Tutorial: Make an Object Buffer or Matte in a Few Clicks


                    Did you forget to add an object buffer to your Cinema4D render and need that matte for some compositing work? Here’s a way to make a matte/buffer in just a few clicks with the C4D Compositing Tag. It’s non-destructive to your scene too, which is pretty rad. Hope it is helpful.