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Today in this Valentine's Tutorial we are going to create a sphere created completely out of hearts ready in time for valentines day. Once we get going it is actually quite easy to do. You can do any shape you wish, so don't worry if you don't want to use hearts!

By peewee1002, on February 07, 2011, under Cinema 4D Tutorials
 

Today in this Valentine's Tutorial we are going to create a sphere created completely out of hearts ready in time for valentines day. Once we get going it is actually quite easy to do. You can do any shape you wish, so don't worry if you don't want to use hearts!

For those without Photoshop don't worry. I have saved the AI file you need so you can bypass the Photoshop stage!

  • Tutorial Details:
  • Program: Cinema 4D + Photoshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated Completion Time: An hour

 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
 

Step 1:

 

The first thing we have to do is save our shape as an Illustrator file. I prefer to do this in Photoshop. Simply use the custom shape tool (located under all the other shapes) and select the heart.

It doesn't matter what size you use. This will all be changed in Cinema 4D anyway.

 
 
 

Step 2:

 

With the shape selected go into your paths. This is located on the same tabs as the layers and channels.

If like me you use a mac, simply hold CMD and click the thumbnail. Windows users hold down CTRL instead.

Then select File > Export > Paths to Illustrator.

Accept the default options and then save them to your hard drive.

You can now close Photoshop. No need to save the PSD if you do not need it.

 
 

Step 3:

 

Open up Cinema 4D. You can then select File > Open and select your illustrator paths.

 
 

Step 4:

 

We now need to add a Loft Nurbs. This will fill our heart to make it a solid object.

Click the green cube shaped object, this will bring up 6 options, simply select Loft NURBS.

Once you have your NURBS in the objects panel, drag the heart spline onto it so that it looks like the image below.

The spline will then take all the properties that the loft NURBS contains. (Of which you should leave on default).

 
 

Step 5:

 

The next stage is to create a sphere. You can do this by going Objects > Primitive > Sphere.

The most important thing to do here is switch BOTH traffic lights off. These are the little lights next to the name of the object.

This means that this object will not render or be displayed in our work. (It will disappear - don't worry)

 
 

Step 6:

 

Our next stage is to create a cloner object. This can be found in the Mograph drop down. Mograph > Cloner Object.

The next stage is to place the Loft NURBS under the Cloner Object. You will notice something change on screen but again ignore it.

 
 

Step 7:

 

In the cloner panel, you will then have to change some settings.

Under the Object panel, change the mode to Object.

Here are where things get trickier. We now need to drag our Sphere object from earlier into the blank box with the word "Object".

The cloner object then duplicates our heart shape in the shape of the sphere.

 
 

Step 8:

 

We now need to go into the Spheres' settings. Again under the object panel you should find the radius and segments options.

Now you need to play around with these two settings. It will vary from piece to piece, due to the different sized hearts we all used.

I found that the radius was best at 207m with the segments at 25.

This will create a near perfect circle created out of hearts! As you can see we are almost finished, but its not yet the right colour!

 
 

Step 9:

 

If you wish to use the same texture as myself then simply copy the materials below:

 
 

Step 11:

 

To finish off add some text! (I am sure you guys know how). If not check out my last tutorial here on RNEL.net. 3D Graffiti Text effect in Cinema 4D

 
 

Final Result:

 

Well thanks for reading.

I hope this has helped you in creating your very own valentines poster or card. For more tutorials please check out my website www.peewee1002.co.uk or keep surfing here at www.rnel.net