This tutorial explains how you can easily transform a simple 3D abstract render into a big and colourful illustration. Using simple techniques in Cinema 4D, along with some handy Photoshop tricks, German digital artist Nicolas Monin-Baroille will guide you through the creation of his work, Project X

Nicolas says the piece is a fun and personal experiment with colours and mixed media, and that following this tutorial to the letter is not recommended as most of it is about experimenting and creativity. Nicolas believes that to get the best out of your abilities, you need to play around and learn how to take risks. 

He created Project X using Cinema 4D, but the steps can easily be completed in any pro-level 3D package such as TrueSpace or Maya. If 3D’s not your thing, you can start off from Step 7 in Photoshop, using his renders in the project files.

Nicholas has used German versions of Cinema 4D and Photoshop in this tutorial. We’ve noted where settings are written in German in the screenshots – so you’re getting a small language lesson as well as learning creative techniques. 

Time to complete 

3-4 hours


Cinema 4D, Photoshop


Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here

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