How to Morph Between Splines in Cinema 4D


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:



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 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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10 thoughts on “How to Morph Between Splines in Cinema 4D

  1. Great tutorial! Quick question, did you draw the splines for your text by hand in C4D? If I suck at drawing is there a way to convert a font to be a single stoke to use this awesome technique with?

    1. Thanks! Yes I drew it by hand, using another font as reference. You can look up mono-line fonts on Google and use those in Illustrator and convert them to be able to be imported into C4D that way.

  2. Oh yeah how true. Recently I had to morph a path in AE. I almost died figuring out how to do it properly 😉 Another useful tip by Mr. “inheritance effector” Hassenfratz 😀

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