Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting the scene, part of After Effects Apprentice 18: 3D Text CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] Cinema 4D does give me…some default lighting in the scene…while I'm working on it.…I'll type cmd+crtl+r…so you can see that here,…but I think I'd like a little bit…more control over my lighting…so that maybe I can play around with its direction…and where the specular highlights…and the hot spots appear.…To do that,…I can add a brand new light.…Now I personally prefer what's known as a target lgiht.…That gives me the back of a light to move around…and a target to say this is exactly where I'm aiming.…When I have a hero object,…quite often I want to put that target…in the middle of the hero.…
That makes it much easier to aim.…So I'll choose a new target light.…Initially it's coming off from the side,…but it's kind of hard to see.…I can go to Panel,…All Views,…it should give me the last Arrangement that I chose.…I can go to four views to see from all sides.…Or, frankly, I think I'd like to see this a bit bigger,…and have these just for references…as I move my light around.…So I'm going to try an alternate arrangement here.…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality