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2.3 Adding Colour

Now let’s add some colour to your plane (or shapes) in Cinema 4D. We will go through how to create and use materials whilst discovering how they affect our design.

2.3 Adding Colour

Hey guys, and welcome back to the low poly background class. So in the last lesson we went through how to create a plane and how to manipulate it pushing and pulling all the polygons so that we could randomize a little bit and find out a way to create our low poly background. So you can see here now that we've got our plane, if I just sort of move the camera into view like this, you can kind of see how we can render this out and make a background out of it. Which is pretty cool. So the next thing that I'm going to teach you now is how to create the materials to add some color to the plane. And now to do this, what we're going to do is we're going to get out of this, so just go back to our original settings. I'm just going to click on the live selection again and click on the model. And so now that we can see that the plane has changed now. And we're going to move over to the Create button here on the bottom left of the screen. We're going to click on it, and click on New Material. You can see here that the shortcut for this is control N. So now click on the New Material button, and the material should end up on this section of the screen, here. So, we're going to double click on this. Before I double click on this, actually, let's rename it. So, we can rename it background color, and then we're going to double-click on this, and this Material Editor should pop up. Now for this particular tutorial, we want to remove reflectance, and just concentrate on the color of our background. So making sure that Color is selected, okay, we're going to go, well I prefer to go over to this selection. So spectrum. And we can sort of choose any sort of colour we like from here. So if I wanted the background to be yellow, we could choose yellow. If I wanted it to be blue, you can choose any sort of shade of blue here. If you wanted it to be red, we can do the same. So that's how you choose color, and then what we have to do from there is just close the material editor. Click on to our material, drag it onto our model and it's applied. Another way that we can do this is you can click and drag the material onto the plane here as well. So we can drag and drop and it's there. And if we want to remove the material, simply just select the texture and hit backspace. So I'm going to select the texture here, hit backspace, and we've gone back to our original grey or no color background here. So that's how you make a material, choose a color and apply it. Another thing that I'm going to show you here is how to create an gradient, so if I just call this color red, go into Create New Material, so Create New Material or control N. I'm going to double click on this, let's call this gradient. So we're going to double click on gradient. And now let's create a gradient. So the way that we're going to do this is we're going to make sure Color is selected. Go down to Texture and then click on this arrow button here. And once we've clicked on the arrow button we can scroll down the options. And let's see if I can bring it up. So I scroll down the options, and now we can choose Gradient. So I click on Gradient. And our options should change. So now if we double click on the gradient square, we can choose the colors of our gradient. So let's choose nice sort of abstract color, so double clicking on the color squares here. Going to do the same thing as what we did before. So I'm going to use the square, the color picker here. And let's choose a nice pink, purple color. Nice bright pink, purple color. And we're going to move it into, let's see, what sort of color can we choose. How does this look? Purple and red. Yep. Okay, let's try this. So now you can see that I've created a gradient here. You can move the middle here just to see how much of what color is going to be the most dominant in the material. You can also change the type of the gradient. So let's see what sort of gradients we can create by choosing these options. So if I choose this, You can see the gradient goes from horizontal to vertical. You can also have a diagonal gradient here, a radial gradient. So that's kinda cool. Circular gradient which could be quite useful. So you can just sort of go through all of these options and see what gradient most interests you when you're creating your backgrounds. So that's that. I'm gonna stick with the original gradient. So this is the gradient that I'm going to use. Once you're finished selecting the colors, just simply head over to the Close button. And exactly the same thing as what we did before. Click hold, drag and drop. And there you go, there is my gradient. So that's how we create materials, colors, and gradient, and also how we apply them to the model. In the next lesson, we're going to go through some new ways to create our landscape for our background. See you guys then.

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