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2D Styled 3D Motion Graphics in CINEMA 4D and After Effects
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Released Dec 23, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will learn how to create a 2D looking motion graphics piece that is created primarily in CINEMA 4D.

The style of motion graphics with very flat textures is easy to achieve in a 2D software like After Effects. However, if you want 3D deformations and complex camera animation in 3D space, After Effects is nearly impossible to use. We will use CINEMA 4D to achieve the motions that we want, and overcome those 2D constraints. Using CINEMA 4D for this process takes the guess-work out of trying to achieve this look in a 2D application.

The next challenge faced, is getting the textures to still have that beautifully simple look you get with 2D motion graphics. We go over how to achieve this with ease in CINEMA 4D. Not only will you learn how to create a hybrid of your 2D and 3D skills to create amazing motion graphics but you will also learn a new mindset for how to approach things that you may have thought were too hard to do with After Effects alone.

By the end of this course, you will have created a motion graphics piece that appears to be a very advanced 2D motion design, with the ease and aid of CINEMA 4D.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:24
Setting up our project and drawing the main splines
2

Setting up our project and drawing the main splines

 
09:33
Sweeping along the splines
3

Sweeping along the splines

 
12:08
Texturing for a 2D look and creating a sky
4

Texturing for a 2D look and creating a sky

 
11:47
Setting keyframes for the sweeps
5

Setting keyframes for the sweeps

 
14:46
Setting camera keyframes
6

Setting camera keyframes

 
12:59
Fleshing out the sweep
7

Fleshing out the sweep

 
15:13
Creating the splines for the head
8

Creating the splines for the head

 
14:22
Positioning the head
9

Positioning the head

 
11:13
Creating sweeps for the head
10

Creating sweeps for the head

 
14:52
Creating the headphone animation
11

Creating the headphone animation

 
10:32
Importing splines from Illustrator for use with sweeps
12

Importing splines from Illustrator for use with sweeps

 
19:52
Creating the sweeps for the background
13

Creating the sweeps for the background

 
13:12
Setting up an object buffer and rendering
14

Setting up an object buffer and rendering

 
08:34
Setting up the After Effects composite
15

Setting up the After Effects composite

 
08:53
Creating the final look
16

Creating the final look

 
10:34