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Christmas Tuts & Freebies Roundup: Tinsel, Santa Hat, Ugly Sweater

Today we have a few Cinema 4D Christmas and Holiday themed goodies for you. We’ll be visiting the tutorials of Christmas past too!

Dynamic Christmas Tinsel Tutorial with free files

Dave Bergin at CG Terminal shows you how to create some sparkly tinsel using Dynamic Splines and Hair in Cinema 4D.

Download the project files


Free Santa Hat model

Free Cinema 4D 3D Model: Santa Hat

Pixel Lab has a free Santa Hat model for Cinema 4D, created by Renderking.it. It’s textured and lit for Octane but you can substitute your own textures.

Download the Santa Hat


Create an Ugly Sweater in After Effects, Free Project files.

Get that knit just right with this fun tutorial Jeff from Workbunch! Create an ugly sweater in After Effects. Indeed, it’s a very clever tutorial that is built procedurally, using the built-in Mosaic plugin. Of course, you won’t be able to wear it for your Festivus dinner but you can surely wear it on YouTube!

Workbench has made the project files available to you, too!

Ugly Sweater Project Files


Dynamic Christmas Tree in Cinema 4D

This Dynamic Christmas Tree tutorial comes from Dave from CG Shortcuts. Learn how to create an animated Christmas Tree in Cinema 4D! We’ll be using dynamics in C4D to build a Christmas tree out of Christmas baubles. This one is from 2018.

Download the project files Get the free model

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Creating Animated Icicle Christmas Lights Tutorial

Animated Icicle Christmas Lights in Cinema 4D! Rory Martin from RateMyFuneral.com explains how to make festive animated icicle lights for your Christmas display! He explains in the description of the tutorial:

There is a bunch of useful techniques in this one, from using spline dynamics, looping animations, hinge connectors and even time offset with the shader effector.


Low poly Cupcake Christmas tree with Trapcode Tao

This is a fun one from Dominic Pons, via CG Terminal. It’s from 2015, so, yes, we are diving deep into the wayback machine. It should work fine with current versions of Tao, however.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki