Domestika – Applied Color for 3D Design and Animation – A course by Dan Zucco

Master the essentials of color to create eye-catching 3D designs for personal and commercial projects

Fire up your computer and get ready to enter the infinite universe of 3D design and animation. Join Dan Zucco, freelance 3D art and motion director, as he guides you through his creative process for building colorful 3D animations from scratch.

Using the power of Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D, learn Dan’s professional techniques for creating incredible 3D visuals that combine geometry, movement, and color. Discover how to speed up your workflow and blend light, movement, and texture in playful animations for personal and professional projects.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1 Introduction
  • U2 Design Development
  • U3 Working in 3D
  • U4 Post-production in After Effects
  • FP Final Project

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Meet Dan Zucco, a London-based 3D art and motion director, and discover his journey into 3D design. Take a look at the influences that inspire him. See why it’s important to create your own personal work and learn the details of your final project.

Get started by installing the necessary plugins and scripts to speed up your workflow. Then learn how to create a presentation document or “deck” for your project. See how to create moodboards, storyboards, and a color palette for each project.

Discover how to create a 2D geometric design in Illustrator using the inspiration from your deck. Then it’s time to turn your design into 3D. Explore different ways to bring your 2D design to life using Cinema 4D. Discover how to model, animate, add texture, and render your own 3D design.

Bring your rendered animation into After Effects. Learn Dan’s tricks and tips for color correcting your work and see how to use Adobe Media Encoder to prepare your work for a wide variety of platforms, including Instagram and Vimeo.

What is this course’s project?

Create a colorful animated 3D loop using the skills and software taught in the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for designers and 3D enthusiasts who would like to speed up their workflow to create fun and colorful 3D designs and animations.

What you need

To take this course, basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D is recommended. Dan also uses Octane Render, but the techniques taught can easily be applied to your preferred render engine.

You will need a computer with Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D with Octane Render.

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