CINEMA 4D Essentials 2: Polygon and Spline Modeling
Illustration by Richard Downs

Working with the Bridge tool


From:

CINEMA 4D Essentials 2: Polygon and Spline Modeling

with Rob Garrott

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Working with the Bridge tool

The Bridge tool really acts just like its name. It allows you to create spans between two different sections of polygons. Now, I've got a very simple scene file that we're starting with here. It's just two cubes and they are arranged along the X-axis. What I want to be able to do is to create a little bridge or span between these two objects going this direction along the X-axis. So, this is a multi-step process. The first step in this process is that I need to merge these two objects into a single polygon object. So, to do that, I'm going to select both objects in the Object Manager and I'll right-click.
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course CINEMA 4D Essentials 2: Polygon and Spline Modeling
1h 40m Beginner Sep 13, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

CINEMA 4D Essentials with Rob Garrott is a graduated introduction to this complex 3D modeling, rendering, and animation program, which breaks down into installments that can be completed within 2 hours. This installment covers the basics of the 3D modeling toolkit: splines and polygons. Rob reveals the components behind polygonal-modeling (points, edges, and polygons) and how to manipulate them with the tools in CINEMA 4D. He then walks through splines, an alternative to polygons that uses curves to create 3D geometry. The final chapter shows how to combine these techniques by creating a model of a speaker system.

Topics include:
  • Understanding points, edges, and polygons
  • Working with the Knife, Extrude, and Bridge tools
  • Connecting splines
  • Rounding corners
  • Extruding paths from Illustrator
  • Reviewing the polygon and spline modeling workflow
  • Working with NURBs
Subject:
3D + Animation
Software:
CINEMA 4D
Author:
Rob Garrott

Working with the Bridge tool

The Bridge tool really acts just like its name. It allows you to create spans between two different sections of polygons. Now, I've got a very simple scene file that we're starting with here. It's just two cubes and they are arranged along the X-axis. What I want to be able to do is to create a little bridge or span between these two objects going this direction along the X-axis. So, this is a multi-step process. The first step in this process is that I need to merge these two objects into a single polygon object. So, to do that, I'm going to select both objects in the Object Manager and I'll right-click.

And in the contextual menu that comes up, what I want to do is connect both objects and then delete the old objects. So let's do a Connect Objects and Delete. That leaves us with just a single object. You notice our scene hasn't changed its look but the Object Manager has changed. We now have one polygon object that contains all those polygons. Now, we can use the Bridge tool to bridge those two sets of polygons together. Before I do that, I want to create an inset on each of these faces. So, let's grab each polygon. So I've got the Selection tool active. I'll grab that polygon and I'll hold down the Shift key and I'll grab that polygon.

Now, let's right-click and grab the Extrude Inner tool. And this is great. We can do the Extrude Inner tool at the same time on both these polygons. I'll click and drag to the left to extrude inward. Let's make it nice and thin. Here we go! Now, what I want to do is to create a bridge between these and there's a couple of different ways I can do that. I can bridge the two polygons, if I right-click and go to the Bridge tool, if I click on these polygons and go, boom, like that. I've created a bridge. Now, the problem with that bridge as you can see is that it's twisted, it is not straight.

And I don't normally ever use the Bridge tool in Polygon mode; I just wanted you to see what would happen when you did. I'll undo that, Command+Z, and get back to where we were. Now, the way I prefer to use the Bridge tool is in Edge mode. Let's delete those polygons leaving our holes there, and let's now switch over to Edge mode. I've still got the Bridge tool active. If I can go from edge to edge, I'm going to know exactly how I'm creating those polygons. So, let's go from this edge here and go to this edge. This is where you've got to be really careful about which edge you're actually selecting. You can see that I wouldn't want to do any of these other edges.

I want to go right to there. You can see when I let go, that creates a nice little span. I'll do it from here to here, and then I'll do it from here to here, and then I'll do it from here to here. There we go! And now you can see I've spanned that gap with the Bridge tool. That's really the beauty of it. It allows you to quickly create a closure between two sections of polygons.

There are currently no FAQs about CINEMA 4D Essentials 2: Polygon and Spline Modeling.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed CINEMA 4D Essentials 2: Polygon and Spline Modeling.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.