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2018 Toolfarm Top 10 Results

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In the past, we had a long list of plug-ins listed under popular hosts and NLE’s. Here are the 2018 Toolfarm Top 10 results! Remember, these are the voter’s choices.


After Effects CINEMA 4D Tutorial

Using Z-Depth for Creative Transitions with Cinema 4D and After Effects

Joren Kandel at The Pixel Lab has a tutorial that shows how he animates the Z-Depth pass transition in After Effects. The effect creates a black and white image with color wiping in over the Z-Depth channel. He explains how to output the Z-Depth pass from Cinema 4D with both the physical renderer and Octane Render, and brings it into After Effects.

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Maxon Cinema 4D Studio Maxon Cinema 4D Studio

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Cinema 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you.

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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.

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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.

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