Using the Cinema 4D Jiggle Deformer in a 2D Workflow

In this tutorial I’m going to explore a few of the many uses of the Cinema 4D Jiggle Deformer and even show how I used it to help animate Baymax from Big Hero 6!  The Jiggle Deformer is super powerful and allows you to apply nice ‘springy’, ‘squash & stretch’ and ‘follow through’ type effects to your animations quickly, easily, and without adding any keyframes!  Think of it as a Deformer that allows you to apply that Spring effect that you’ll find in a Delay Effector.  Specifically, I’m going to show you how the Jiggle Deformer can help you in your 2D style animation workflow and I’ll explain why it’s a really nice alternative to hand keyframing the same type of movements using After Effects’ Puppet Tool.  First, we’ll go over the basics and settings of the Jiggle Deformer and the basics what it can do.  From there, I’ll show you how to use it with Falloffs, Vector Maps, and Particle Modifiers like Wind.  Finally, I’ll to demonstrate how super cool the Jiggle Deformer is by showing you how to add some awesome jiggly movement to a character animation created using a Pose Morph Tag.

Tutorial:

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Download Animated Baymax Character Rig Cinema 4D Scene File

Watch my Pose Morph Tutorial to learn how to use the Pose Morph to morph to morph between object states.

And if you want to learn more about how to use Cinema 4D in your 2D workflow, check out my Mixing 2D & 3D with Cinema 4D & After Effects Lynda.com course where I go over some creative ways to use the tools in C4D for a mainly 2D workflow inside of After Effects.

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How to Morph Between Splines in Cinema 4D

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In this tutorial I’m going to show you a really cool workflow for morphing between splines using Cinema 4D.  This kind of spline morphing animation is awesome for using in conjunction your 2D workflow in After Effects by applying a Cel Shader material to your splines.  The nice thing about using the Cel Shader or just flat colors in the Luminance channel of your material is that when you use Cineware, these type of scenes render out super fast as a Cineware layer in After Effects because you’re not doing heavy shadow or shading calculations.  So to begin, I’ll go over the thinking behind the method I chose and how to achieve a nice, smooth spline morph.  Then, I’ll show you how I build a spline that is able to be affected by effectors to morph from one spline shape to another.  I’ll demonstrate how to use the Inheritance Effector to achieve this morph and ways to make your morph look super sexy and bouncy!  Finally, I’ll show you an alternate method of using MoSplines to morph and the shortcomings of going that route.

Here’s one of my previous tutorials that shows you how to create the 2D illustrative materials using the Cel Shader that I’m using for the objects in this tutorial:

Using the Cel Shader to Apply an Illustrative 2D Style to 3D Objects in C4D

And here’s the scene file I used in this tutorial that you guys can mess around with:

DOWNLOAD CINEMA 4D SCENE FILE

Tutorial:

If you want to learn more about how to use Cinema 4D in your 2D workflow, check out my Mixing 2D & 3D with Cinema 4D & After Effects Lynda.com course where I go over some creative ways to use the tools in C4D for a mainly 2D workflow inside of After Effects.

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