Maxon's Cinema 4D is the most popular 3D suite with creative professionals. It might not have the Hollywood movie cred of the likes of Autodesk's Maya, but it's a lot less expensive – and is therefore accessible to a much wider group of users from artists and illustrators to motion graphics artists.

Cinema 4D is also easier to learn than other 3D tools if you're used to other creative applications from Photoshop to After Effects – and in After Effects CC, Adobe has even built-in a pipeline between AE and C4D that makes it easy to create 3D elements in Cinema 4D as part of a motion graphics or VFX project.

So whether you're new to Cinema 4D or an old hand, looking to produce static artworks, highly-crafted 3D type or dynamic animations, check out these seven brilliant tutorials from leading CG artists and animators.