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Is Cinema 4D Hard To Learn?

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PRO EDU

HOW HARD IS IT TO LEARN 3D?

Published by Dustin Valkema from PRO EDU

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé

 

LEARNING 3D FOR THE FIRST TIME

This is a question I'm often asked as artists begin to venture into 3D software for the first time and are considering Cinema 4D as an option. The answer is definitely a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no response. Let's talk about it! In the video above, I discuss Cinema 4D's learning curve, how to lessen that curve and begin the journey. I talk about ways of learning, feedback, and the importance of community-based mentorship.

You'll also get to see parts of an interview with Ashley Murrel, a current student in the PRO EDU 6-Week CGI Course for photographers. This is an excellent opportunity to look at what's possible within just 4 weeks of using Cinema 4D.

"Learning how to Navigate 3D space, create and move objects, modeling basics, material creation, lighting, and rendering your final product is a must. This comes with time and experience and is not only fun but transferable to other 3D software!"

— DUSTIN VALKEMA

THE CINEMA 4D LEARNING CURVE

Cinema 4D is known for having a quick and smooth learning curve compared to other 3D software. From my experience over the past 13 years of using 3D programs such as 3DS Max, Maya, Blender, and Cinema 4D is that Cinema 4D has been the easiest to learn and produce results quickly. This 3D software has a sleek, clean and intuitive interface. It is extremely user-friendly when it comes to navigation and ease of use.

Opening any new program for the first time can be intimidating, of course. One of the most essential pieces of advice that I give artists new to 3D is not to discount their previous experience! Use the skills and knowledge that you already have and use 3D to expand on that! We're all different when it comes to our learning styles. It's ok to slow down and have patience with yourself along the journey.

As an avid Photoshop user, I immediately looked to make as many direct correlations between the C4D interface and Photoshop interface as possible. This was relatively easy to do with the smooth layout Cinema 4D offers. In the video above, I show a short example of the comparison I made between the two interfaces to better understand it.

WHY 3D FUNDAMENTALS ARE SO IMPORTANT

I feel many new users of 3D software have the most awkward experience when diving into this journey. Learning a new interface, verbiage, tools, and functions is always rough, regardless of whether you're using Cinema 4D or not. Learning the fundamentals of 3D is vitally important. Learning how to Navigate 3D space, create and move objects, modeling basics, material creation, lighting, and rendering your final product is a must. This comes with time and experience and is not only fun but transferable to other 3D software!

In the video below, we cover a tool called Splines, which is a very similar tool and concept at the pen tool in Photoshop and a hugely important tool for you to learn and master.

YOUR MINDSET FOR LEARNING 3D

I feel many new users of 3D software have the most awkward experience when diving into this journey. Learning a new interface, verbiage, tools, and functions is always rough, regardless of whether you're using Cinema 4D or not. Learning the fundamentals of 3D is vitally important. Learning how to Navigate 3D space, create and move objects, modeling basics, material creation, lighting, and rendering your final product is a must. This comes with time and experience and is not only fun but transferable to other 3D software!

COMMUNITY IS CRITICAL FOR LEARNING

I feel many new users of 3D software have the most awkward experience when diving into this journey. Learning a new interface, verbiage, tools, and functions is always rough, regardless of whether you're using Cinema 4D or not. Learning the fundamentals of 3D is vitally important. Learning how to Navigate 3D space, create and move objects, modeling basics, material creation, lighting, and rendering your final product is a must. This comes with time and experience and is not only fun but transferable to other 3D software!

CONCLUSION

I feel many new users of 3D software have the most awkward experience when diving into this journey. Learning a new interface, verbiage, tools, and functions is always rough, regardless of whether you're using Cinema 4D or not. Learning the fundamentals of 3D is vitally important. Learning how to Navigate 3D space, create and move objects, modeling basics, material creation, lighting, and rendering your final product is a must. This comes with time and experience and is not only fun but transferable to other 3D software!

GETTING STARTED WITH CINEMA 4D TUTORIAL

I teamed up with PRO EDU to create a 3 tutorial series that covers getting into 3D via the Cinema 4D software and Octane Render Engine. We customized the curriculum to cater towards photographers and Photoshop users and built a learning environment with dialogue and assignments perfect for those coming from Photography. You have the option to invest in Intro to C4D (tutorial one) or buy the entire package and learn how to build commercial products with a mouse and a virtual photo studio that photographers can use and shoot in. Yes, you can shoot and create in the virtual studios.

INTRO TO CGI FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

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GOING FURTHER WITH A SYNCHRONOUS COURSE

With PRO EDU, we've built on top of these tutorials to create a 6-week course with Maxon (The company that makes Cinema 4D). This six week course teaches off of the tutorials above in a brand new learning environment where you can be tested with interactive tests every week, live Office Hours ever week with myself, access to the Cinema 4D Software (included in your registration) creative hangouts in a private Discord Chat Server, access to additional assets that come with the course, feedback on your assignments, troubleshooting help, and a chance to take an introductory test at the very end designed by Maxon. In addition, students that take the entire course (progress is tracked) will be given a certificate of completion from PRO EDU.

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