My Tweeted Cinema 4D 2011 Sci-Fi Modelling Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Cinema 4D sci fi modelling & tips:
  • Asteroid belt: Rob Hitzer’s rockgen plugin, retexture with asteroid tex, duplicate along spine http://t.co/PCblwGz
  • Use Michael’s excellent plug-ins for realistic planets an better starfields http://www.welter-4d.de/fplugs/freeplugins_en.html
  • Model a light saber at cineversity part 1 http://www.cineversity.com/tutorials/lesson.asp?tid=822 part 2 http://www.cineversity.com/tutorials/lesson.asp?tid=823
  • Ember in the Rain has a nice free planet generator plugin http://emberintherain.com/community/index.php?/store/product/5-pxg-planet/
  • Extremely detailed tutorial for creating a Transformer Triple Changer at Cinema4D Net http://www.cinema4dtutorial.net/?p=701
  • How to add city lights to a planet render. Tutorial: http://planetpixelemporium.com/tutorialpages/earthlight.html
  • For space scenes where the lightsource would be the nearest star or planet set AO to 0.0%, and GI strength to 7-10%. This kind of lighting is probably the most accurate simulation of lighting in space, where the main lightsource would be the nearest star, and there would be no other light source.
  • Adam Bentons workshop on creating a Chris Foss-style spaceship http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754333349729529/retro-spacecraft.html
  • Create a futuristic airship scene in C4D http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/maxon-cinema-4d/create-a-futuristic-airship-scene-in-c4d-day-1/
  • 3DWorld mega project shows how to model and texture a spaceship and landing pad, create an animation as it blasts off. http://www.3dworldmag.com/2011/09/16/complete-sci-fi-project-in-3d-world-148/
  • Tutorial/walkthrough on the creation of a robot-powered junk yard http://www.3dluvr.com/content/article/39
  • Create greebles in C4D without any plugs whatsoever http://virus07.deviantart.com/art/C4d-greeble-effect-8350806
  • Nice for C4d beginners - a simple UFO http://e-s-d.deviantart.com/art/Simple-UFO-Tutorial-26043587

My Tweeted Photoshop Space Art 2011 Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Photoshop space art hints & tips:
  • Still the best Photoshop starfield tutorial there is - by Greg Martin http://t.co/L9A71Tu
  • Create planets in Photoshop without using textures or satellite images: http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/splanet.jpg
  • Create scifi textures using your 3d package and PS - great tutorial from PhilipK http://www.philipk.net/tutorials/materials/metalmatte/metalmatte.html
  • Create a supernova for your space scenes in 6 steps http://keepwalking07.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/resources/tutorials/digiart/dpadigi/photoshop/#/d1p6bfo
  • Create beautiful planets with just brushes using Greg Norton's excellent tutorial http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_planet.html
  • Tutorial on creating Nebulas with cloud stock and brushing: http://cchomikk.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-Tutorial-133832795
  • How to create gas giant planets in Photoshop http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/gasgiant.jpg
  • How to create spaceship hull textures in Photoshop http://www.psionic3d.co.uk/tutorials/shiphull.html
  • How to create an impact shockwave in Photoshop http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=shockwave+tutorial#/d39vtw
  • How to paint an asteroid in Photoshop http://scifisrc.deviantart.com/art/Asteroid-Tut-By-Coldflame1987-5645137
  • Video walkthrough/tutorial of the creation of a piece of space art in Photoshop http://superiorgamer.deviantart.com/#/d2y49i4
  • Complete PS planet creation tutorial/walkthrough in Flash http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=grand+planet#/d1m32nq
  • Nebular creation walkthrough http://archang3lzz.deviantart.com/art/Pyres-Of-Atonement-Walkthrough-156045241

My Tweeted Photoshop 2011 Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Photoshop 101 hints & tips:

  • Use the Option key to toggle between the Blur and Sharpen tools as well as the Dodge and Burn tools
  • Sharpen 101 Duplicate flattened image, select High Pass Filter. Default ok. Set blend to Overlay. Tweak sharpness with Opacity.
  • With any painting tool selected, right-mouse-button-click to see the Brushes menu wherever you click. After selecting a brush size, press Enter to make the palette disappear.
  • Quickly cycle through screen modes using the ‘F’ key.
  • Using Adjustment Layers is a great way to make non-destructively adjustments to layers at once without permanently altering the individual layers themselves.http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/adjustment-layers/
  • To crop to an aspect ratio use Marquee tool and Fixed Ratio from the menu in the Options bar - this lets you type values in the Height and Width fields.
  • When using the eyedropper tool on a very high-resolution image, switch to 5 by 5 Average to avoid picking up noisy pixels
  • Press X to swap foreground and background colours. Press D to reset foreground and background colours to black and white
  • Use the arrow keys plus Move tool without pixels selected to move the entire layer by 1 pixel. Add the Shift key to move by 10 pixels instead.
  • With the Marquee tool use the shift key to constrain selection shapes to equal proportions and the spacebar to move your selection.
  • With the Marquee tool use the shift key to grow selections by dragging additional marquees across it and Alt key to subtract from the original selection.
  • With the Marquee tool use the Alt key to subtract from the original selection by dragging additional marquees across it
  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K to display the help dialog for keyboard shortcuts.

Photoshop Nebulas

I have been really, really struggling to produce realistic/effective looking (not the same thing!) nebulas in Photoshop... I have worked through dozens of tutorials which have explored all sort of techniques, to the point of exhaustion... Ultimately, wether you go for blending clouds, brushes, painting, a mix of all approaches, the key is Layers - lots of them... Build your nebula through many, many layers.

More Photoshop Planets

More Photoshop planet tutorials - as you can see from the screen shot, I’m trying for the photorealistic look...

I discovered a very useful video tutorial on Deviant Art for creating planets

Photoshop Planets

Blue planet
I have been working my way through loads of Photoshop tutorials - creating star fields, planets, gas giant planets, nebulas, etc, etc...

Deviant Art is a great resource for these; the screen grab is my progress through Greg Martin’s “Make A Planet” Tutorial... Well worth the effort, as is Greg’s Star Field Tut.... Get them

Lynda Cinema 4D Training 3: Spline Tool

spline leaf

And learning how to use the Spline Tools by modelling a simple leaf... Care of the Lynda Cinema 4D video tutorials...

Lynda Cinema 4D Training 2: Bridge Tool


Screen grab from the Lynda Cinema 4D TRaining; building a “maze” using the bridge tool...

Lynda Cinema 4D Training


I have been working my way through the Lynda Cinema 4D course... I prefer the video format versus book, but I’m not a great fan of Larry Mitchell’s style - and with this sort of thing, the presenters style is ‘make or brake’, really...

Screen shot is an exercise modelling a simple spoon; you are introduced to HyperNURBs, Soft Selection, etc...