Join Craig Whitaker for an in-depth discussion in this video Transparent surfaces (refraction), part of Cinema 4D R17 Essential Training.
- Okay, it's time to add a glass material…to the top of our compass using…the Transparency channel of the material.…Let's double click the Material Manager.…Double click and call this glassTop.…Click and drag that right on top of the top of the compass.…Let's double click that.…Let's go into the Transparency channel…and you can see, immediately, it just completely disappears.…Well, that's because we have the Refraction set at one.…Now, each transparent object in nature…has different indexes of refraction…and a simple Google search can list…a whole bunch of those for you.…
So, glass we can use typically like a 1.45 or a 1.55.…So, let's just try 1.5.…As soon as we do that, there's a preview up here…of what that's going to look like on the material.…Just as an example, if I set it 1.1,…you can see it's way different than if it was 1.8 right.…This is just how the light is refracted…through the material.…So now, if we just pull back a little bit…and render that, you'll be able to see this nice glass top.…
Now, this is actually rendering kind of slow…
CINEMA 4D (aka C4D) is a vital tool for anyone considering a career in motion graphics, visual effects, or animation. Whether you're just starting out or migrating to C4D from another program, CINEMA 4D R17 Essential Training has you covered. Craig Whitaker explores some of the new features in R17—the version released in August 2015—and segues into a quick-start chapter that reviews the entire CINEMA 4D workflow in just eight steps. The rest of the course divides CINEMA 4D's core functionality into individual chapters on spline modeling, polygonal modeling, deformers, materials and shaders, lighting, the MoGraph toolbox, animation, and rendering. Craig also shows how to composite your C4D work with live-action footage and other effects in After Effects, using the AEC or CINEWARE workflow. By the end of the course, you should be comfortable working with all of C4D's powerful tools.
- What's new in R17?
- Using the Take System for versioning and compositing
- Navigating the C4D interface
- Modeling splines
- Building 3D models from polygons
- Using deformers to bend, twist, and warp models
- Adding surface detail with materials and shaders
- Working with 3D lighting
- Using the MoGraph tools
- Animating in CINEMA 4D
- Rendering your models and animations
- Compositing C4D models in After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
1. What's Different in R17 vs. R16?
2. Getting Started (Quick Start)
3. Spline Modeling
4. Polygonal Modeling
6. Materials and Shaders
7. Using Lights
8. Using MoGraph
11. Compositing in After Effects
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