Boot­camp: Laub­w­erk sur­face spread

SURFACESPREAD from Laub­w­erk is an af­ford­able Cin­ema 4D plugin that of­fers a huge range of ways to add va­ri­ety to a scene

3D World - - CONTENTS - Mike Griggs Mike Griggs is a 3D and vis­ual ef­fects artist with vast ex­pe­ri­ence across the in­dus­try as both a cre­ator and tech­ni­cal writer. www.cre­ative­

Dis­cover this af­ford­able Cin­ema 4D plugin for adding va­ri­ety to a scene

Va­ri­ety is the spice of life, and this is also true when cre­at­ing scenes in 3D soft­ware. One of the key tell-tale signs of a com­puter-gen­er­ated scene is the sight of iden­ti­cal copies of the same ob­ject. This can be es­pe­cially true when cre­at­ing nat­u­ral land­scapes such as forests.

Laub­w­erk, the developer of the Plant Kit plug­ins for Cin­ema 4D and 3DS Max, has re­cently re­leased the SURFACESPREAD plugin for Cin­ema 4D.

SURFACESPREAD al­lows the cre­ation of mul­ti­ple in­stances of an ob­ject across a par­ent ob­ject. SURFACESPREAD then al­lows a wide range of op­tions to con­trol what can be done with the in­stances. From scale, and ro­ta­tion to the abil­ity to choose clon­ers by al­ti­tude, to name but a few.

Us­ing a work­flow that will be fa­mil­iar to Cin­ema 4D users, SURFACESPREAD has its own mod­i­fiers for dis­tri­bu­tion and scale, which like a lot of the cre­ation at­tributes can be linked to splines, ver­tex maps or poly­gon selections.

For th­ese fea­tures alone SURFACESPREAD would be worth the money, but there is more. SURFACESPREAD comes with its own land­scape ob­ject, which of­fers many more fea­tures than the na­tive Cin­ema 4D equiv­a­lent. There is also SPREAD­ROCK, which is a pro­ce­dural rock-cre­ation ob­ject. As a free gift there is the fan­tas­tic Wire Ob­ject, which cre­ates a spline from a se­ries of nulls, al­low­ing eas­ily mod­i­fi­able curves, which are eas­ier to an­i­mate than a nor­mal Cin­ema 4D spline.

Com­bine th­ese fea­tures with a great set of tex­tur­ing ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­bly use­ful road ma­te­rial, and this is a truly suc­cess­ful plugin for Cin­ema 4D in that while SURFACESPREAD is great for land­scape cre­ation, it can also be used with many of the core tools within Cin­ema 4D for any use.


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