Motion Mondays: MAXON Announces Plugin for AE! Check out Cinema 4D Tutorial from Greyscale Gorilla

MAXON, (the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions), recently announced a plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® CS5 and CS5.5 that allows motion graphics artists to export projects directly into CINEMA 4D R13.

MAXON and After Effects logosBasically, this announcement means that After Effects users may import 3D layers, cameras, lights, solids, nulls and footage into Cinema 4D R13. (Download the plugin here). Currently, motion graphics artists already have the ability to import CINEMA 4D files into After Effects, and now they have the option to exchange info to and from both applications. Efficiency score!

We thought it might be fitting to share a Cinema 4D tutorial in light of this development. In the video below, meet Nick Campbell, the founder of a great motion graphics and 3D software tutorial site, Greyscalegorilla. If you haven’t already heard of Campbell, you really ought to check out his portfolio site Creamy Orange, where he shows off his motion projects (including his work at Digital Kitchen Chicago), his photography and iPhone app design skills. Campbell is the designer behind popular iPhone app, ShakeItPhoto.

In the tutorial below, Campbell uses Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop to add a glowing effect to typography to mimic the graphics that Los Angeles-based design/animation boutique, Nylon, uses on its site here.



Design/animation studio Nylon glowing text


Glowing typography, Pinball tutorial

Create Glowing Text Effects using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and PhotoshopCreating glowing text effects using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and PhotoshopCreating glowing text effects using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and PhotoshopCreating glowing text effects using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and PhotoshopCreating glowing text effects using Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop

More about Greyscalegorilla:

“Greyscalegorilla is an active community and resource for training and tools for creative types. We want to make learning more accessible and effective by creating easy-to-follow tutorials and training that show you way more than just what buttons to push. We also work to develop tools to streamline your creative workflow and to help remove tedious and repetitive tasks so you can spend time making great work.” Visit Greyscalegorilla here.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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