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Lesson 4

4. Building the Asset Army

  • instructor

- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice

- Maciej Kuciara

  • apprentice
  • learn squared

- Stylow .

Here’s where things start to get intense! Ash will introduce you to his Cinema 4D workflow and demonstrate how he generates large amounts of detailed content. Learn how Ash sets up his Photoshop documents and integrates assets into the beginning stages of the "Golden Frame."




1. Make 10 - 15 render assets from Cinema 4D

2. Composite 1 Photoshop image using your Cinema 4D renders

Student Gallery

The 4th lesson of the UI/DATA Design with ash thorp was really cool, i didn't realize that you could do so many amazing things without knowing so much about the software's. Now i can't wait to see what's next on the other lessons

Since taking this class, I've learned a new program, new processes to do things, and new ways to see. Gonna keep at it!

- Jeany Ngo

What a fun class and assignment! Can't wait to keep going.

The process continues, it is amazing how everything is fitting, trying to find balance and a powerful image. It's interesting how the concept evolves as assets come together, things that work, and things that do not.

I have decided to leave the color for later, as well as certain compositional aspects

This was quite an awesome section for me because I have never used C4D before and had no idea just how powerful and cool some of the tools are. With very minimal work I was able to get some assets I was quite happy with. The assets you see down below are just the ones used in my final composite image. Looking forward to seeing what's next!

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D Studio R16
Optional Software: 
Font Explorer, Mind Node, InDesign, Bridge 2015

hey guys been playing with the physical sky and i cannot for the life of me figure out how to get this specific look with very dark colours and strong highlight, can anybody help me?? Mine is always too light without the awesome contrast


I don't know if anyone else had this idea, but i rendered a lot of assets from C4D, and loading them 1 by 1 into photoshop, selecting the alpha and then copying/pasting into the base document, felt daunting. So I imported them all into after effects (with alpha) dropped them into a single composition and saved a frame as a psd file. Seemed to work ok - plus all the layers were named after the original file names. I know photoshop has import to stack - but this doesn't seem to handle alpha channels, anyone know of another way?

Hey Ash,
Did you ever build the PC that you mentioned in this tutorial? If so, can you give the specs and let us know where you had it built? I've been thinking about making the leap form my beloved Mac to PC so I can take advantage of the Octane render. The class is awesome. Keep up the good work.