Out-of-the-box, Maxon packs a ton of functionality into its Cinema 4D design suite, including plenty of assets to help you get started with your scene. But, like most other design software options, there’s always room to expand and augment your overall experience and workflow to help you not just get work done quicker, but get better work done quicker.
If you’re a Cinema 4D user, you may have already heard of Greyscalegorilla, a company with a unique enough name that it will be tough to forget. For about a decade, the company has offered rich C4D resources, from training to assets to materials to plugins, with customers largely taking advantage of the service as piecemeal, buying up what was needed as they went along. The launch of Greyscalegorilla Plus is going to simplify that completely.
Automotive paint options in Greyscalegorilla
According to Greyscalegorilla, it offers about $8,000 worth of content in its entire collection, and is expanding what’s there all of the time. Since that kind of money is a little rough to stomach for most, the company’s now offering a subscription service that gives you full access to everything available. As mentioned above, that’s not just for assets and plugins, but training for all skill levels.
Greyscalegorilla is pricing its new Plus service at $49.00/mo, or $399.00/yr ($33.25/mo). If you sign up for the annual package, you will get a 60-day money-back “Gorilla Guarantee”. For teams, special licenses exist for that, as well, along with educational licenses for huge discounts to qualifying students and teachers.
Scene lighting options in Greyscalegorilla
When you install Greyscalegorilla, it will automatically detect supported software and renderers and become available the next time you launch C4D. After install, users will have plenty of assets and materials to work with: 1,400 hand-crafted physically accurate materials and assets, 500+ HDRIs, nearly a dozen plugins for accelerating different parts of the workflow (including animation), and over 500 hours worth of training content, taught by long-time C4D users.
If you use Octane, Arnold or Redshift in C4D instead of another built-in renderer, you’ll still be able to take full advantage of Greyscalegorilla’s content no problem, as the company has made sure everything meshes just fine between solutions.
A bottle made more realistic with imperfection smudges
Overall, what Greyscalegorilla is offering with its Plus service looks fantastic, either for a new C4D user, or a veteran user. Whether it’s with training or easy-to-apply materials and assets, the goal of the service is to help you accelerate your workflow, while dramatically reducing the level of tedium in common tasks.
Since Techgage has been benchmarking C4D for a while, but we’ve yet to actually learn to use the software in any big way, we’re tempted by the service just to see how quickly we can get up and running. Fortunately, training material is there, so there’s no need to jump in blind.
If you’re intrigued by Greyscalegorilla, you can check out a launch live stream that starts at 3PM CT right here (a replay will be available afterwards if you don’t catch it in time).