I am so old that I started using Freehand when it was owned by Aldus.
After this became the company known as Macromedia and rest is
history with Adobe that discontinued developing this great product.
Among many artists and designers Freehand has been a great tool for
making vector graphics. Some of the workflows take less amount
of time when compared to Illustrator.
Why freehand was popular? and still is!
Applications like Freehand is popular of it´s simple workflow
because advertising industry needed a software to meet it´s tight deadlines
which was followed by an era called desktop publishing and vector graphics. This is when advertising
and printing companies did not have to outsource their work in reproduction
houses aka repro companies. Many of these companies that had invested of physical
hardware machines went to dust because soon anyone with lowcost setup and
enough computer skills could make graphics on their own. This was around late 80´s when freehand came out
in the market.
I have seen the breakthrough of film scan and computer graphics in nineties but have also seen
these oldschool people who still had their awesome handicraft in layout and
skills in making stencils. I have learned some paper cutting too when I was
a trainee in a small company that did color separation work in early 90´s. Sometimes real tools are much more dangerous than digital ones.
Wall of social images and links… it´s facebook. Only like allowed. On/off thinking.
At least someone invented facebook middle finger.
Facebook I really hope it will end. Facebook is like a time vampire for some people. Teenagers true self esteem will be rotten when they share their photos, less effective time at work. It is an anti social virtual space where you don´t have to talk to anyone face to face but only to share your privacy. “Hey I injured by right toe, here´s a photo of my bleeding toe”. Many people are also not certain of the security. This is because facebook sells their privacy for a good price. Why not just leave and get a real life?
“3D modeling and animation is an intrinsically complicated process, and the vast and varied applications for the technology make it hard to identify which software is most ideal for the task you are working on. We like MAXON’s CINEMA 4D because it is an approachable alternative to more intimidating 3D animation software packages. This software is easier to learn than most competitors, but it still possesses the depth required for professional use. The great toolset and approachability make it particularly relevant to graphic artists who have less familiarity with traditional 3D tools”.
Cinema 4D R13 scored a nice 9/10 in this review. It is already older version but has
the same tools except the sculpting tools which I think is the major special feature in R14.
Sometime you can spot a good errors in the top ten checkmark boxes -Paintable texture
: “The ability to paint directly on the surface of a model”. Misses a checkmark in Cinema 4D.
You have had this option for a long time in Bodypaint 3D´s projection painting tool. Maxon´s
Bodypaint 3d is integrated texturing tool inside Cinema 4D and also available as a standalone
I had a great week at work but now just wanted to relax and let some steam
so I decided to write a decent blog post for a long time.
I was inspired by the “The Best Animation Tools That Every Animation Artist Loves” article
because there was a selection of not so well known 2d animation tools like Toon Boom Animate
and TVP Animation. There was a screenshot of “3D Studio Max” but is actually from Lightwave and
not from 3D Studio Max at all. Or just a mistake?
Even if you do 3d animation it might be useful to make some rough animatics also in 2d to later use
them as a reference for 3d animation. I find it vital skill for every animator to start
with storyboarding. It´s like to draw comics but you don´t necessarily have to ink the characters
but only plan the story with the images and character poses.
Cinema 4D in professional industry only?
Cinema 4D is getting a massive hype in professional scene because it
has been used as a texturing or animating tool in many hollywood blockbuster
movies like Avatar, Spider Man and Hulk.
This means also that in some circles it is now recognised even more as a professional only tool.
However this hype is only marketing speak because Cinema 4D is been also used in many educational
facilities all over the world under Maxon´s CAP programme (Cinema 4D Academy Programme).
So what´s the hype ?
The best 3d animation tool at the moment is
Cinema 4D. Just ask any professional motion graphics designer, artist or hobbyist.
It does not matter what level you are at the moment because it is easy to learn
because it´s well designed interface and workflow. For me it was personally
a best choice after 3D Studio Max because in Max you have annoying user experience,
interface and tools scattered all over the place.
What was best with my 3D Studio experience is that you got models
and tutorials much easier back in early 2000
but already as early as 2003 Cinema 4D XL 7 was already fresh
and easier to use and had better modeling tools than 3D Studio Max.
Now with the latest version R14 you have the sculpting tools a bit like in ZBrush.
You can call it a high end 3d modeling and animation package because that what
Screen and Cinema 4D
In the UK among many professional artists and freelancers who like to use it in their
client projects the BBC television has got it for program intros and motion graphics seen in television.
Cinema 4D has a great connectivity with Adobe sofware and this makes it
easy to work with software like Photoshop and After Effects. I like to
use it with Illustrator as well. There´s good tutorials of how to use Cinema 4D and After Effects together for example how to prepare
files for After Effects in Cinema 4D in youtube.
Vray for C4D – High end renderer for Cinema 4D sale now in Kraphik 3D store.
What is Vray for C4D renderer ?
V-Ray today is one of highest quality render tools available for production. It is widely used by professional CG artists and visualizations firms worldwide. Its proven, beautiful and super realistic image quality, at unsurpassed render speed, attracts many users from all areas. VRAYforC4D is the Cinema4D native incarnation of this great engine. It enables you to use V-Ray directly within Cinema4D using the typical C4D like workflow. V-Ray is the de-facto standard in architecture & design visualization, car rendering, TV commercials, and many more areas, like in recent Hollywood Movies like 3D Blockbuster AVATAR. Its good, its fast, its stable!
In Cinema 4D scene there´s already some cool tutorials and files available for vray for c4d
beginners. All you need is to get your licence for vray for c4d and start rendering!