Join Donovan Keith for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Cinema 4D: Studio Lighting.
If you are a premium member of the lynda.com library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. These files can be found on the exercise files tab on the main course page. The exercise files are divided by chapter and by numbered exercise. Each exercise will have its own dot c4d file with the same name as the exercise. In some cases, you'll see a file with the same name and the word end as the suffix. While you should be able to create your own versions of these files by following along, the end files are provided for your reference.
In addition to the main C4D project file, you might see a folder called tex. This is short for textures, and it will contain any images that you need to complete the exercise. You may also see a folder called ref, which will include example renders. This course was recorded using Cinema 4D R14 studio. But if you're using an older version of Cinema, you'll be happy to know that the lighting tool set hasn't changed significantly over the past few years. If you're using Cinema 4D Light, Prime or Bodypaint there's a chance that you'll run into an error message saying that you don't have access to the physical render engine or global illumination.
You'll still be able to follow along with the exercises, but you'll probably notice your renders are darker than the videos. This is due to the lack of indirect or bounce to lighting and you can compensate for it somewhat by adding low intensity lights with a sharp falloff near brightly lit surfaces. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you can follow along from scratch, or your own assets.
- Describing light
- Understanding the difference between real light and light in CINEMA 4D
- Using lighting direction to reveal form
- Adjusting light hardness
- Top lighting a subject
- Rendering reflective objects
- Shooting glass
- Separating objects from the background
- Hinting at a world outside the frame with gobos