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CINEMA 4D, 3rd Edition by Anne Powers, Kent McQuilkin

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The Power of Primitives

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Like most 3D programs, CINEMA 4D has a set of primitive building blocks that are parametric. Basic parameters of a primitive, or critical dimensions such as, height and radius, are defined mathematically. Because the program only has to remember a few bits of information, parametric primitives are efficient. The parametric values for an object may be manipulated live in the Editor Window using the orange parametric handles, but the object’s surface has no points, polygons or edges that may be pushed and pulled into more complex forms. In the parametric state, the surface and axes of an object are not editable. Notice ...

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