30 Free Cinema 4D Tutorials for Beginners


These Cinema 4D tutorials enable graphic designers to upscale their skills for highest quality 3D designing and VFX.

Maxon Cinema 4D is one of the world’s most popular 3D creative suites in the world. Essentially it is a 3D and VFX application and this is the software from all motion graphic designers start their careers. I said start their careers because eventually they have to end up on applications such as Autodesk Maya and The Foundry’s Nuke. But both these software cost times fold more than Cinema 4D.

One thing about Cinema 4D, or as it commonly referred to, C4D is that it is quite intuitive and fun to learn software. And, it is quite useful for us graphic designers and even web designers because we also have to create 3D graphics from time to time and if we grasp a little expertise in C4D, our graphics will surpass anything else in the competition. Whether you are designing a logo, a creative portfolio web design or an artwork, C4D helps a great deal.

I have chosen these tutorials to be beginner friendly, but these are tutorials designed to give you a masterful expertise in the software. After all, you don’t just wanna be stuck at the beginning level by the end of this post.

Update: seeing popularity of this post, I have made a separate collection of Cinema 4D artworks for inspiration.

These days, we have to learn things fast and these c4d tutorials enable to us to learn this software on fast pace.

The first half this post contains cinema 4d beginner tutorials while the second one contains a little advanced level video tutorials of Cinema 4D. But, before moving further, I wanna remind that even the beginner friendly tutorials will help you create amazing stuff.

Cinema 4D Text Tutorials

I’m beginning the article with cinema 4D text tutorials because these are the tutorials that help us the most in graphic designing. I’m sure you’ll find them interesting.

Later on, we’ll move towards cinema 4d modeling tutorials and animation tutorials.

3D Text Collide Effect

This is one of the easiest text effect tutorials to follow for C4D. If you are a beginner, this is the place to start. I’ll quickly move to a little advanced level tutorials.

3D text collide

Realistic Gold Text

Create a 3D typography effect as if it was made with gold metal-craft plates.

Realistic Gold 3D text

3D Plastic Typography

Spanish motion graphics artist and animator Luis Armesilla explains how he creates fluid-based type illustrations where the letters are formed from liquid. Software used are: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, RealFlow and Cinema 4D.

3D Plastic Typography Effect

Best Ways to Create 3D Type

Christopher Vinca takes you through two different renderings of the same type, created in Illustrator using Photoshop and Cinema 4D.

3D Type

Exploring C4D’s New Typography Tools

Cinema 4D R15 came with a set of new text tools. These tools are the artist’s perfect arsenal when it comes to creating truly exceptional typographic texts.

Type tools Cinema 4D tutorials

Graphics Based C4dD Tutorials

I have categorized all of the rest of the tutorials in this section.

Understanding Materials in Cinema 4D

This is not a project based tutorial. This is a 101 tutorial, which introduces you to how materials work in Cinema 4D. This tutorial includes detailed usage guide for layers and parameters, transparency and alpha, and rest of the basic stuff beginners need to know before they take on a project.

Understanding Materials in Cinema 4D

Your First Project

It is unfair to call this just a tutorial because this is is a full fledged training course. If you are a beginner, this is the place to start.

Your first C4D project

3D Objects in C4D

Swedish 3D artist Jean Pichot takes you through creating your first 3D scene in a way that’s tailored towards the Cinema 4D newcomer who is already familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator.

3D Objects

Bubblegum Shine

The process for creating this contemporary and playful piece for the KidShannon division of the representation agency Shannon.

Bubblegum shine is one of the best Cinema4D tutorials for beginners

Introduction to Xpresso

If utilised correctly, Xpresso can be an incredibly powerful system allowing you an amazing level of control over your rigs, animations and the software interface itself.


Cinema 4D Tutorials Youtube Videos

Now let’s come to tutorials. Mind you, these videos are a little advanced, that’s because they are videos so one can easily follow them. There was no point selecting the easier tutorials even in videos. Come on, challenge yourself!

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  1. Therese Haworth November 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Our schools block u-tube… Is there any other way we can access these FREE tutorials?

    1. Tayyub November 4, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      There’s only one of them from youtube, rest of all are from Vimeo.
      I’m guessing vimeo is also blocked at your school.
      You can use proxy services such as zalmos.com or you can google “free youtube proxy.”

      Mind you, these proxies are made for freedom of speech. Some countries have outrageous censorship policies so these proxies help people of those countries to have access to the censored truth.
      If you use these services in school, make sure you are not doing anything wrong. I wouldn’t want you to be breaking any rules/laws.

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