v1.511S Greyscalegorilla Topcoat

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Greyscalegorilla Topcoat

Topcoat is a texturing plugin from Greyscalegorilla that makes reflectance and adding realistic reflection to your scene easy and beautiful.

Everything we see in the real world is a reflection. It’s the most important part of any C4D texturing workflow. So, when Reflectance came out in R16 and R17, we were excited to say the least. Finally, a realistic reflection tool that helped us achieve beautiful photo real renders with native C4D tools.

However, the Reflectance interface and workflow left a lot to be desired. It’s with this in mind that we made topcoat. We made a texture tool for designers, not technicians. Just click to add the perfect type of reflection to your scene. Or, shift click to continue to layer multiple coats of texture for realistic textures every time.

Add Reflection The Easy And Fast Way

We know that making great looking renders is important to you and your clients. But it also has to be done fast! Your clients rely on you to work smarter. We built Topcoat to help designers and artists make beautiful realistic reflections in seconds, not minutes. Your reflections are the most important part of your render. We wanted to make that process not only easy, but fun too.

Render Fast™ Presets

We included 14 of our fastest and most beautiful render presets to help you speed up your workflow and your final render. We spent months figuring out how to optimize the Cinema 4D Physical Renderer in order to get you the best looking renders for the least amount of time.

Take The Hassle Out Of Reflectance

If you have tried to add reflection to many textures at once with Reflectance, you may have been disappointed. Topcoat gives you back the ability to add the same reflection to multiple materials. We offer full Copy and Paste functionality for the reflectance channel so you can take a look you built on one texture and apply it to many textures all at once.

Our Topcoat Modifier tools allow you to change settings on multiple textures as well. No more digging through the reflectance menu just to adjust your fresnel or bump settings.

From Dull And Worn To Shiny And New

Topcoat, of course, gives you many beautiful ways to add glossy and shinny reflections to your renders. I mean, it’s Greyscalegorilla for crying out loud. But what you may not expect is the ability to add realistic procedural bumps and masks to each specific render layer to add the ultimate in realism. Add custom details to each layer and change them all together with our Modifier tools.

Did We Mention Car Paint?

Make beautiful custom paint jobs in Cinema 4D using our exclusive click to layer system. No more laborious setup for beautiful layered images. Just shift click and layer up to 16 different coats of paint on any of your Cinema 4D models. We even have specialty layers like Metal Flake, specialty bumps, and custom masks to make each layer of Reflectance unique to your scene.


  • 8 Custom Reflection Types
  • Millions of Texture Combinations
  • Instant Material Preview
  • Easy to use interface
  • Simple layering of Reflectance
  • Modifiers tab for easy texture customization
  • 12 Mask and Alpha types
  • Built in Anisotropy for instant brushed metal looks
  • Horizontal and vertical layout modes


  • “NO HASSLE LICENSE” No waiting for authorization codes, you download, install, and go.
  • 14 PRO RENDER PRESETS will get you up and rendering quickly
  • LINKS TO TRAINING BUILT IN quickly get up and running in Topcoat with our video training

What’s New in Version 1.5:

  • New Modifiers Tab give you Accurate Feedback.
  • New Blurs section adds realistic blur effects to your textures.
  • New Anisotropy effects give you that brushed metal look in seconds.
  • New Vertical Layout option. Perfect for docking the interface in your Cinema 4D Layout.
  • Texture Colors Can now be picked in the main interface.
  • Instantly rename your layers by double clicking.
  • Layers can be easily dragged to rearrange.
  • Easily Solo Layers.
  • Bump, blur, and mask presets can be right-clicked to add to other channels.
  • Transparency Reflectance Channel can now be accessed and modified in Topcoat
  • New “Invert Bump” button in Modifiers.
  • New “Color to Bump” button in Modifiers.

Topcoat requires Cinema 4D R14 and up, including R23.

NOTE: Topcoat is a creation and modifier tool. Once the texture is built, you do not need Topcoat to use or render that material.

Please Note: Although this product is compatible with Cinema R14 and above, Greyscalegorilla only offers customer support for installations on R18 and above.

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Customer Reviews

I was a little skeptical at first, but the more I’ve used Topcoat, the more I love it!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Richard Swindell
Date: December 27, 2017

Topcoat v1.511S

  • Adds Compatibility for Cinema 4D S22

3 Tips For More Realistic Reflections in Cinema 4D

Nick Campbell from Greyscalegorilla gives some great tips on how to make your reflections look real in Cinema 4D. He explains how to speed up your texturing process with the Greyscalegorilla Topcoat plug-in.


Create a Fast Dynamic Particle System Using X-Particles

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