9 Modelling tips in Cinema 4D

These are some modelling tips that where being discussed on the mograph chat. I decided there should be a little summary of them.  thanks to Brasco for clarifying some of them.

  1. use the ‘.’ ( the full stop button). click and drag while holding to wheight edges of a SubD surface
    edge wheights
  2. hold ctrl while in slide edge tool to make loop
    edge loops
  3. Weld Tool (M,Q) Hold Ctrl with no points selected to weld. Or use Stitch and sew tool for same effect.
    weld Ctrl
  4. Dissolve – Melt Difference
    dissolve MEtl
  5. ctrl+shift click to select polygon paths
    ctrlshift select
  6. u,l loops selection, u,f fill selection
    loopFill
  7. split command, then hit delete to have 2 separate objects
    split
  8. top of shape with hex object
    hexCap
  9. python script to import  c4d objects from your drive. So you can for example have a c4d file with 4 or 5 of those hex discs, and you can import them all with a button to any scene. and then pick the right one.
    def main():
      fn = 'X:\[Asset library]\Model library\Modeling Toolkit\Base Geometry\Hexahedral_Discs.c4d'
      c4d.documents.MergeDocument(doc, fn, c4d.SCENEFILTER_OBJECTS | c4d.SCENEFILTER_MATERIALS | c4d. SCENEFILTER_DIALOGSALLOWED | c4d.SCENEFILTER_MERGESCENE)
     
      c4d.EventAdd()

Tell me if i missed anything you love to use =)

Cheers,
Aleksey

Switching between projects in Cinema4D

Cinema4D is awesome because you can have multiple projects open at the same time, and copy paste stuff between them, really makes me appreciate it when i switch to another software like houdini, and i can’t do that… have to open instances of the program and what not.

Switching between open projects may be less than intuitive. So i’d like to share 2 methods i use to quickly jump between open projects.

First option which will work by default. Is press and hold the ‘v’ key on your keyboard and drag your mouse down.

v menu switch

The second method is to open command manager by pressing shift+F12, type in next project, and bind it to something easy. Like ctrl + ~ or ctrl+tab if you dont use the fullscreen function.  ( if you have a european keyboard its probably ctrl+0)

ctrl tilda

key photo

So there is your production tip for today 🙂 Enjoy.

Cheers,
Aleksey

Cinema 4D in the cloud

Many of you might have Cinema4D on more than one computer. There is a pretty simple way of syncing up all your layouts, shortcuts and plugins between multiple computers. Here i will explain the process with Dropbox.com, but you can do the same thing with copy.com or any other service (Copy link is a referral, so you and my girlfriend both get an extra 5gb of storage) Copy has been discontinued

Make a shortcut to cinema4D in your R17 folder.

shortcut

right click on it and click properties.

now in the Target field add:[  g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\c4d prefs”]

without the square brackets. So mine looks like this:

  • “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R17\CINEMA 4D.exe” g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\Dropbox\c4d stuff\c4d prefs\prefs”

Don’t forget the space before the “g_prefspath”.

properties

Now when you open Cinema4D from that shortcut, thats where its going to get all your layouts and shortcuts and plugins from.

If you want to get your old prefs and put them there you can do that easily. By opening cinema4D from the cinema 4d.exe file. pressing ctrl+e, and clicking the “open preference folder” button in the bottom left of the window. From there you can also check where your current open instance of C4D is getting its preferences.

prefs

Now you can pin that shortcut to the start menu or copy it onto your desktop. Wherever you want 🙂

If you want an extra 5gb on top of the free 15gb you get at copy.com, click here: https://copy.com/?r=fTEbri
and help my girlfriend get an extra 5Gb too =)
Copy has unfortunately been discontinued 🙁

Note: in R15 it was different, so my target path looked like this: “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\CINEMA 4D 64 Bit.exe” -homedir “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\myprefs”

cheers,
Aleksey

Adjusting point size in Cinema4D

You can change the point size in cinema4D by pressing Shift+V and going to “view” and changing the point handle size

point size

You can also change the point color by pressing ctrl+E and then going to editor colors and changing active and inactive point colors.

pointColor

Cheers,
Aleksey

True symmetry Cinema4D – make your life easier in 1 easy step

Great plugin that everyone should use.

get it here: http://www.c4dcafe.com/ipb/files/file/778-true-symmetry-13/

Hope you enjoy!

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