After Effects

Tutorial: Glossy 3D Metal Logo in After Effects + Half Rez 7 Information

Glossy 3D Metal Logo Tutorial

Nick from Greyscalegorilla walks you through creating a Glossy 3D Metal Logo in After Effects with no third party plugins required.

Get Glossy 3D Metal Logo project files here

More from Greyscalegorilla

Greyscalegorilla Podcast, Episode 10, Featuring Node Based Compositing, 3D in After Effects

Greyscalegorilla Complete SuiteGreyscalegorilla Complete Suite

Get the whole kit and caboodle from Greyscalegorilla!

Bundle up and save on all of our tools and assets for Cinema 4D. This suite includes every single Greyscalegorilla animation, lighting, and rendering tool for Cinema 4D, plus HDRI and texture packs.

Buy the Complete Suite

Event: Half Rez 7, Sponsored by Chicago C4D

Half Rez 7

If you’re in the midwest, mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6 PM to Midnight at the Chop Shop in Chicago. Tickets are going fast!

We’ve been to several events over the past few years and they always have a great lineup of speakers. This year’s speakers include Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot; Donnie Bauer of The Mill; Bhakti Patel, animator and motion designer; and John Pobojewski of Thirst.

Tickets are still available for the event at Even if you’re not planning to go, their website is a lot of fun.

After Effects CINEMA 4D

Tutorial: Turn a Mountain into a Volcano

I’ve been listening to a podcast, The Tides of History, and they’ve been focusing on the fall of the Roman Empire and did you know they had severe temperature drops for a couple of years because of a volcano that blew in North America!? It blocked out the sun for six months and the cooling destroyed crops, and coupled with being hit by the plague over and over again, that played a big part in the end of the empire. Don’t believe me? Read Did American volcanoes trigger fall of Roman Empire?

Okay, history lesson over. Let’s make our own volcano! Caleb Ward shows you how to turn a innocuous mountain into a magma oozing volcano! Get the project files here.

Want to make your own mountain for your volcano?

Try CinemaPlugins DEM Earth for Cinema 4D.

Easily Generate dynamic Digital Elevation Models and geo-reference them in real-time to your world imagery.

DEM Earth automatically downloads the data it needs to build the model you want. All you have to do is provide a Geographic coordinate. Produce real-time interactive and dynamic landscapes which you can pan, zoom and animate and place anything on, in any way you want.

Learn more | Buy DEM Earth


PR: MAXON Adds New Dimension to Design with Cineware for Illustrator

New Plugin Allows Artists to Integrate 3D Content Directly in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Friedrichsdorf, Germany – October 10, 2017 – MAXON, the leading developer of the professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solution Cinema 4D, today announced the release of Cineware for Illustrator. This new plugin allows artists and designers to add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics application included in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Cineware for Illustrator

Cineware for Illustrator uses the same powerful 3D engine as Cinema 4D, MAXON’s industry-leading, intuitive, professional 3D application. Users can import any Cinema 4D file, and tweak the view, lighting and textures in order to integrate 3D elements with 2D designs or use 3D elements as templates when creating vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator. MAXON has partnered with Turbosquid, the leading online source for 3D models, to provide Cineware for Illustrator users a “jump start” into the third dimension with a collection of ready-to-use 3D models including common product packaging and other 3D objects. And, of course, users of Cinema 4D can create and share their own custom 3D content for use in Adobe Illustrator.

Motion designers have enjoyed similar integration of Cinema 4D technology within Adobe After Effects CC since the introduction of the Cineware bridge in 2013. Cineware for Illustrator offers even more power, allowing designers to adjust object visibility, textures and lighting from within Adobe Illustrator. This introduces a powerful workflow for designers to visualize product labels, incorporate rich 3D content into Illustrator composites, or even arrange 3D elements as guides for form and perspective when creating vector artwork.

“Cinema 4D has long offered a fantastic, easy-to-learn toolset for product visualization and graphic design,” says Harald Egel, managing partner at MAXON Computer GmbH. “With Cineware for Illustrator we’re making both the Cinema 4D toolset and 3D in general more accessible to designers, and plan to develop this workflow even further in the future.”

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator Feature Highlights

  • 3D Objects: Rotate, position and show/hide individual 3D objects from any Cinema 4D scene, all within Adobe Illustrator.
  • Materials: Adjust the color, reflection, luminance, transparency, and bump directly within Adobe Illustrator. Users can even apply vector artwork to the surface of 3D models.
  • Cameras: Switch between pre-set cameras or use simple navigation tools to choose preferred viewing angle.
  • Lights: Enable or disable lights, and change their color to set a mood and emphasize shapes.
  • Integrate: Workflow allows easy removal of the background by choosing the automatically created alpha map so 3D elements can be integrated into existing vector artwork.


Cineware for Illustrator is available at no cost for MacOS and Windows 10 on the MAXON web site.

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator at Adobe MAX and NAB Show New York

MAXON Cineware for Illustrator will debut in the MAXON booth in the Community Pavilion at Adobe MAX (October 18-20, 2017 in Las Vegas) and NAB Show New York, Booth N264 (October 18-19, 2017 in New York City).


Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

More about Cinema 4D at

CINEMA 4D Tutorial

Tutorial: Create Balloons Using Cloth Dynamics from eyedesyn + GSG Sales Info

EJ Hassenfratz explains how to create fun mylar balloons with the cloth engine and vertex maps in Cinema 4D.

Sale: Upcoming Greyscalegorilla 24 Hour Spring Sale – Save 25% On All GSG Products – May 23, 2017 – Make more than Mylar Balloons!

Don’t miss out! Greyscalegorilla is having a 24 hour sale tomorrow at Toolfarm, May 23, 2017, where you can save 25% on everything GSG!

Greyscalegorilla 24 hour sale

This is the perfect time to get the software you or your team needs.

Save on GSG’s most popular products

gsg complete suiteGreyscalegorilla Complete Suite: $562
Regular Price $749

Everything Bundle! All the tools you need to make great renders, quickly!  Includes Transform, Light Kit Pro, HDRI Studio Rig, Signal, City Kit, Texture Kit Pro, Topcoat & the new HDRI Link.

Learn More


gsg hdri link suiteHDRI Link Suite: $171
Regular Price $229

Get HDRI Link and ALL GSG HDRI Expansion Packs for ONE LOW PRICE.  This Suite includes the HDRI Link plugin plus all of GSG’s current HDRI Expansion Packs.

Learn More


gsg hdri studio rigHDRI Studio Rig: $97
Regular Price $129

Professionally Lit Renders And Animations in Cinema 4D.  Over 70 HDRI maps and tools to quickly turn your models or scenes into perfect HDR renders.

Learn More


gsg texture kitTexture Kit Pro: $74
Regular Price $99

Essential Custom Materials for Cinema 4D.  Hundreds of custom materials from Cinema 4D artists packed into an easy to use library for your projects.

Learn More

See All Greyscalegorilla products

gsg suites

Save On Greyscalegorilla Suites Too

GSG’s Motion Suite, Rendering Suite, and GSG Complete Suites are already discounted every day. But even THOSE are going on sale. That means you can get all of Greyscalegorilla’s software for $562!!! If you purchased it separately, it would be over $1300.

If you render with the Physical renderer in C4D, check out the C4D Rendering Suite and get it for $356 instead of $475.

This sale starts at 7am PDT Tuesday May 23 and ends at 7am PDT Wednesday May 24, 2017.