Intro to 3D Lighting, Shadows, and HDR Sky Images in Cinema 4D

Creating a 3D logo in Cinema 4D Lite and then adding custom Materials is great and all, but what does it matter if there are no lights in your scene to light anything? 3D lighting can drastically impact how your scene appears, the same way that manipulating the lighting on a film set can completely change the look, tone, and mood of a scene. 

In this Cinema 4D Lite tutorial, learn about the basics of working with 3D lights and shadows. Next, learn how to work with the Sky image to create environment reflections that will appear throughout your scene. You'll be a professional 3D gaffer in no time!

Want to learn more about Cinema 4D Lite to get off the ground in 3D?

Learn how to Create a 3D extruded logo in Cinema 4D or Cinema 4D Lite.

Then learn how to Work with Materials and Reflectance textures in Cinema 4D.

Next learn about 3D Lighting and HDRI Sky images in Cinema 4D.

And then learn about Creating Animation, working with Keyframes, and the Cinema 4D Timeline.

Finally, learn some Fancy post-production effects like linking Optical Flares to Cinema 4D Animations.

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