Intro to Cinema 4D for Designers

This self-paced Cinema 4D Lite course gives you instant access to beautiful shape, form, lighting, color, and texture in 3D.

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Join thousands of students learning 3D design in Cinema 4D Lite:

  • EVEN IF you can’t afford big-ticket 3D software packages like Maya ($1,500/yr), 3ds Max ($1,545/yr) or the full edition of Cinema 4D ($720/yr). This course uses Cinema 4D Lite, a complete 3D software package that comes FREE with Adobe After Effects CC. 🌈
  • EVEN IF you don’t have cutting-edge (or even fast) hardware. If you can run Figma or Photoshop, you're ready to design in 3D! πŸ˜‡
  • EVEN IF you have never used 3D before. Create beautiful work right away, even as a beginner! ✨

"The amount of joy in seeing this simple wave move is absolutely amazing. Also, Devon is the BEST person ever to learn from. Full of energy and excitement that is absolutely contagious."

— Utsav S. πŸ™Œ

“Honestly, these tutorials were the most exciting I've ever done. I usually doze off watching any tutorial, but not yours! Your enthusiasm for teaching is SO infectious and uplifting. This course has really opened my eyes to a new approach to designing 3D and I'm so glad I decided to take the plunge to dive back into fundamentals.”

— Janet M. 😘

I can say without a doubt this is simply the best course I’ve ever taken. I’ve never learned so much, and more importantly, had so much fun doing so. It was an all-out joy taking this course. As I was approaching the final lessons, I started to get a pit in my stomach because I knew it was coming to an end. I guess I’ll just have to start the course over!”

— Nic B. πŸ‘

Joyful, playful lessons for the 3D beginner πŸ“š

When you register for Intro to Cinema 4D for Designers, you’ll get access to...

  • 50 fun, easy-to-follow lessons — new lessons released weekly!
  • 6 beautiful, in-depth, step-by-step projects
  • 32 downloadable Cinema 4D project files
  • 1-on-1 support directly from instructor and Teaching Assistants
  • 20% off full edition of Cinema 4D (annual subscription)
  • Private Slack community for 3D beginners
  • 24/7 lifetime access with updates

Watch a sample lesson! ✨



β˜€οΈ Week 0 - Introduction

Project: Getting Started

Matt L. from Getting Started

  1. Overview: Getting Started
  2. Opening Cinema 4D Lite from After Effects
  3. Managing Objects and Navigating the Viewport
  4. Creating Materials and Navigating the Timeline
  5. Preparing to Render in Cinema 4D Lite
  6. Exporting Images and Video with After Effects 


Week 1 - Shape 

Shape I: Creating, Combining, and Morphing Shapes

Derrick D. from Shape I

  1. Creating Shapes with Primitives
  2. Morphing Shapes with Deformers (Part 1)
  3. Morphing Shapes with Deformers (Part 2)
  4. Combining and Subtracting Shapes with Booles
  5. A Special Message from Devon Ko

Project: Shapes on a Plane

Matias M. from Shapes on a Plane

  1. Project Overview
  2. Setting Up the Scene   
  3. Using Multiple Views and Cameras
  4. Creating Materials and Lighting 
  5. Filling the Scene with Shapes


Shape II: Animating with Shapes and Deformers

Charlie E. from Shape II

  1. Animating with Movement, Scale, and Rotation
  2. Animating with Targets
  3. Animating with Deformers
  4. A Special Message from Ethan Redd

Project: Taper Off

Nat S. from Taper Off

  1. Project Overview
  2. Setting Up the Scene
  3. Creating the Chopstick Rest
  4. Creating the Chopsticks
  5. Creating the Soy Sauce
  6. Animating the Camera


β˜€οΈ Week 2 - Form

Form I: Drawing Line and Form

Kía V. in Form I

  1. Drawing Lines with Splines (Part 1)
  2. Drawing Lines with Splines (Part 2)
  3. Creating Form with Splines & Generators (Part 1)
  4. Creating Form with Splines & Generators (Part 2)
  5. A Special Message from Blake Kathryn

Form II: Generating Form

Melissa in Form II

  1. Morphing Extrudes with Deformers (Part 1)
  2. Morphing Extrudes with Deformers (Part 2)
  3. Creating Type with Text Splines and Extrudes (Part 1)
  4. Creating Type with Text Splines and Extrudes (Part 2)
  5. Drawing and Animating Lettering with Sweeps (Part 1)
  6. Drawing and Animating Lettering with Sweeps (Part 2)
  7. Drawing and Animating Lettering with Sweeps (Part 3)
  8. Creating Profiles with Lathes and Lofts (Part 1)
  9. Creating Profiles with Lathes and Lofts (Part 2)
  10. Creating Profiles with Lathes and Lofts (Part 3)
  11. A Special Message from Joshua Keeney 

Form III: Repeating Form

Traci B. in Form III

  1. Repeating with Instances and Duplicate
  2. Repeating Along Splines with Duplicate (Part 1)
  3. Repeating Along Splines with Duplicate (Part 2)
  4. Repeating Along Splines with Duplicate (Part 3)
  5. A Special Message from E.J. Hassenfratz

Project: Sweep Vermouth

Ernie S. in Sweep Vermouth

  1. Project Overview
  2. Setting Up the Scene
  3. Modeling the Glass
  4. Modeling the Cocktail
  5. Modeling the Cherry Skewer
  6. Creating the Glass Material
  7. Creating the Cocktail and Cherry


β˜€οΈ Week 3 - Lighting

Lighting I: Creating Studio Lighting

Devin J. in Lighting I

  1. Lighting with Omni, Spot, Area, and Infinite (Part 1)
  2. Lighting with Omni, Spot, Area, and Infinite (Part 2)
  3. Creating Three-Point Lighting (Part 1)
  4. Creating Three-Point Lighting (Part 2)
  5. Compositing for Infinite Backgrounds
  6. Filling and Tinting with Ambient Illumination
  7. Depth and Shadow with Ambient Occlusion (AO)
  8. A Special Message from Nicole Ruggiero

Lighting II: Creating Stylized Lighting

Leticia B. in Lighting II

  1. Stylized Lighting with Hard Shadows
  2. Stylized Lighting with Light Rays
  3. Stylized Lighting with Depth and Fog
  4. Stylized Lighting with Contrast and Grain
  5. A Special Message from Patrick Sluiter

Project: A.O. Confidential

Roland S. in A.O. Confidential

  1. Project Overview
  2. Setting Up the Scene
  3. Modeling the Ashtray
  4. Creating the Ashtray Materials
  5. Modeling the Cards
  6. Creating the Card Material
  7. Creating the Smoke
  8. Styling the Grainy Shadows


β˜€οΈ Week 4 - Color & Texture

Color & Texture I: Creating Basic Materials

Susan L. in Color & Texture I

  1. Materials, Shaders, and Bitmaps (Part 1)
  2. Materials, Shaders, and Bitmaps (Part 2)
  3. Materials, Shaders, and Bitmaps (Part 3)
  4. Color and Luminance
  5. Specular and Reflection
  6. Transparency and Alpha
  7. Bump and Displacement (Part 1)
  8. Bump and Displacement (Part 2)
  9. A Special Message from Bushra Mahmood

Color and Texture II: Creating and Animating Textures

Krystal S. in Color & Texture I

  1. Applying Image Textures with Projection (Part 1)
  2. Applying Image Textures with Projection (Part 2)
  3. Creating Grain with the Gradient Shader
  4. Animating Grain with the Noise Shader
  5. Animating Waves with the Water Shader

Project: Be Fruitful

Tasnim N. in Be Fruitful

  1. Project Overview
  2. Setting Up the Scene
  3. Drawing the Splines
  4. Creating the Pear
  5. Lighting the Scene
  6. Creating the Materials
  7. Styling the Shadows

"3D for Designers has opened up a whole new world to me. As a graphic designer who was struggling to choose a more specialized path, this was the perfect course and has inspired me so much. I'm now focusing on my 2D and 3D motion skills as I'd like to progress my career in the world of animation and motion design. This is a great introduction to 3D, with Cinema 4D Lite being completely free with After Effects, so if anyone is curious about 3D without wanting to invest in hardware or software — this is perfect.

Since starting the course, I've had a paid 3D commission and a job interview at one of my favorite world-renowned brands for a motion/3D role. I'm still a beginner, but having such beginner-friendly projects stopped me from getting too overwhelmed when learning to use a new program."

— Meara W. πŸ™

Frequently Asked Questions


"What software is required?" 

Cinema 4D Lite, which comes free with Adobe After Effects CC. See here for more details.

"I have the retail version of Cinema 4D. Can I still take the course?" 

Yes! Anything we do in Cinema 4D Lite will also work in the retail edition of Cinema 4D.

"Can I use 3D if I have an older computer?" 

If you can run Photoshop, Figma, Sketch, or other design apps... you can take this course! I've designed these lessons NOT to be performance-intensive, and offer many workflow tips along the way. See here for more details.

"Is this course live? Are there specific times I need to be available?"

This course is self-paced with new lessons released every week. The first module will be available as soon as you register. New lessons will drop weekly after that starting on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

When you register for this course, you'll have 24/7 lifetime access to the material and can ask our instruction team for help any time, even after all the lessons have been released. 

Everything is online and asynchronous, so you can complete the lessons and participate in discussions whenever is convenient for you. And yes, it's okay if you fall behind — it happens all the time! We'll be here to help the moment you're ready to start again. 

"How many hours does it take to complete the course?"

If you watch all the lessons back-to-back, the entire course is about 6 hours long. 

Each weekly module is 60-90 minutes in duration, and each lesson is under 10 minutes.

"I'm so busy! What if I fall behind?"

Most of us are full-time professionals, so we offer ongoing, 24/7 access to these lessons and continued support through Slack, comments, and the in-class messenger.  

You'll continue to receive support even after all the lessons are released. If you need to take a break for a vacation or busy week at the office, go for it! We'll be here when you're ready.

Still have questions? Ask us!

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This course is backed by my 60-day "no questions asked" refund policy.

Hi there! I'm Devon, the instructor for this course.

In my mind, the opportunity to teach is one of life's greatest privileges. I created this course with all the care, thought, and enthusiasm I could muster, eager to deliver one of the best learning experiences you've ever had.

We've surveyed hundreds of students in this course, and here's what they say:

πŸ‘ 100% learned something new

πŸ‘ 100% say the skills in this course are valuable

πŸ‘ 99% say the lessons are easy to follow

πŸ‘ 100% will use 3D in their future design work

πŸ‘ 100% would recommend this course to friends

I understand, however, sometimes you buy stuff and it's just not what you expected! So my policy is you can request a full refund any time within 60 days of registration.

That's enough time to take the whole course, complete the lessons, and see the results for yourself.

If it's really not for you, just let me know! I will personally refund you 100% of the price, no questions asked. ^_^

— Devon

About the instructor

Hiiii! I'm Devon Ko. ✨

I’m the creator of 3D for Designers, THE place to be for designers who want to learn 3D!

I was an early designer at Dropbox and the founding designer of Codecademy, the world’s most popular learn-to-code platform.

My work has appeared all over the place: the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, SPIN, Rolling Stone...

Not too long ago, I had a pretty successful design career working in technology. I was a product designer at Dropbox and getting the most rigorous design education of my life.

It was a huge milestone, but…

I also felt like I was losing myself.

As I became more senior, the discussions around me stopped being about empathy, delight, and experience. I spent my days talking about growth and profitability instead.

My rate of production dwindled. I wasn't proud of the work I was doing. And I began phoning it in, relying on design systems instead of my own creative voice.

Using the same inoffensive, brand-friendly shades of blue and gray...

I started to wonder, like, is this me? Is this my deal?!

I thought of my teenage years, when I would stay up until 5 in the morning… wide awake and wild-eyed as I played with Photoshop, HTML, and CSS. Now THAT was satisfying.

What happened to that? The INTENSITY of that curiosity, wonder, and creativity?

I wanted to ride that wave again, but I knew I had already drifted too far away. The only way to express myself creatively, I realized, was a FULL reset.

That was when I left Dropbox and started teaching myself 3D. And when I did, something inside me WOKE UP:

  • I directed and animated a full-length 3D music video for Wilco after just three weeks with 3D.

  • I started kicking out work like nobody's business. I’m talking more than I had produced in YEARS.
  • I discovered my own, authentic style for the first time ever.

  • And I didn’t know it at the time, but I was building skills that would lead to opportunities in motion, entertainment, games, and AR/VR...

Now I'm teaching designers how to start the next phase of their career with 3D! It's this total creative playground for designers, yet still uncharted territory for most of us.

I can't wait to show you!! πŸš€

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