Deadly Trio – Photoshop Aftereffects and Cinema4d.


Photoshop-AfterEffects-Cinema4d, when used in conjunction, WHY this trio is considered the most powerful yet easy to use software combo?

Answer: because there makers have put up STRONG INTEGRATION across them. Adobe, makers of Photoshop –Aftereffects and Maxon the company which developed CINEMA 4D are collaborating for development of their respective products. Individually these software are EASY to LEARN in other words they are MORE user INTUITIVE. With tons of tutorial available on internet (because of wide user base) anyone with intent to succeed in the field can wield them.

Photoshop is an image editing software and Aftereffects is compositing software for video, whereas CINEMA4D is a professional level 3d modeling and animation software. We can import and export almost all vital features, necessary to produce excellent visual effects. You can motion track a video footage and import that information to cinema4d where you can add true 3d models, make textures in Photoshop import them to cinema4d and render it, back to after effects again for tweaking lighting and color and all sorts of stuff to make it realistic. Let us have a closer look at integration:-



Photoshop has always integrated with Cinema4d and After effects nicely. After arrival of PHOTOSHOP EXTENDED (with 3d capability) it became easy to import 3d files to Photoshop and then export them to After effects in .psd  file format. Now with launch of Cinema4d r 14 a new EXCHANGE PLUGIN FOR PHOTOSHOP is out. With it artists can open c4d scene files inside PHOTOSHOP EXTENDED. These scene files are imported as 3d layers and you can easily tweak and add more detail to texture , lighting everything in the scene.


This exchange plug-in enabled artist to export camera tracking data and nulls to Cinema4d r12 and above. But the integration with Cinema4d r 12 was unpredictable. With the launch of Cinema4d r 13 the integration strengthened. Exporting camera tracking data to Cinema4d r13 worked like charm, users had not to worry about adjusting  axis after the import. Artists just needed to track the footage and export camera data to C4d attach 3d models or animation render in multipass. Import the renders and tweak different passes like Globel Illumination,Ambient occlusion etc  to achive desired results.

With launch of Adobe After Effects CC this integration has gone to next level. AE CC ships with free version of Cinema4d lite and Cineware plug-in. For free CAN YOU BELIVE THAT!! That’s why this trio is so powerful. Cineware is the new medium of exchanging data between C4d and AE that allows importing CINEMA4D files directly to after effects without rendering. Not only c4d files can be imported inside After effects CC you can adjust every major component from camera to lights everything.

Aspiring Visual Effects Artists must seriously think of adopting this workflow . Ease of Use unleashes Creativity, Thanks for reading and YES…. BE CREATIVE .