How to Make Neon Light in Cinema 4D

Updated March 23, 2017

Cinema 4D is offered by Maxon and is one of the major 3D applications available to modelers and animators. It is used to make animations and special effects. But it can also by used to create 2D images for use in printed documents or on websites. One of the more impressive effects you can render in Cinema 4D is a neon glow. Usually, this is applied to a neon "light" in a scene. Because of the user-friendly interface and tools in Cinema 4D, it is relatively simple for even an amateur to create a neon light.

Open Cinema 4D. Select the "Text" tool from the toolbar at the top. In the dialogue that appears, choose the font size and style you want, as well as the size. Type in you text in the space provided. The text will appear in the main view as you type. Click "OK" when you are done.

Select the text in the main view. Go to the "Materials" palette and click "New Material." In the "Edit Material" dialogue, make the material colour 50 per cent white.

In the "Luminance" channel, adjust the sliders to get the colour you want in the preview.

Go to the "Transparency" channel and make the material roughly 60 per cent transparent and 30 per cent reflective. The actual numbers will depend on the level of glow you want to achieve. Click "OK."

Select "Function" from the menu at the top and choose "New Property." From the options choose "Shadow." In the dialogue that appears, turn off "Cast" and "Receive" shadows." Click "OK."

Go to the menu at the top and add a "Light" to the scene. In the "Light" dialogue that appears, make the "RGB" values 50 per cent and the "S" value 100 per cent. Duplicate these lights to match the number of letters and place them a short distance in front of the letters.

Do a test render to see if the position of the lights is correct. Move them closer or further away to achieve the exact look you want and repeat until you like the result. Perform the final render and save the file.

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Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.