Lighting Presets for Cinema 4D

On my old download page I had a set of lighting presets for download. I have had a few requests for these and decided to update them to the newer GI and place them here for download.

You do need Cinema4D r11.5 with the Advanced Render to use these, they all use Global Illumination. The GI settings are set low for the presets, so you may want to increase this when you use them on your own projects.

Here’s a preview of each of the included presets. I hope you find them useful.

Download the presets here.

Lighting Presets for Cinema 4D

Lighting Presets

Lighting Presets for Cinema 4D

Author: Tim


  1. Daniel
    Daniel On February 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    This is valuable stuff! Thanks a lot, Tim.

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  3. Hussin Khan
    Hussin Khan On February 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    This is a brilliant time saver! thank you very much Tim!! Keep ’em coming pleeaseeee

  4. Ryan Farmer
    Ryan Farmer On February 23, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Amazing! Thank you so much for this! New C4D people like me are always needing stuff like this! I’m looking forward to whatever else you have!
    Nice to see you are using WordPress too! Makes posts/content easy to manage.

  5. oli
    oli On February 23, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Cheers for that 😉

  6. bill
    bill On February 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Straight Dope Tim!

  7. Chris D
    Chris D On February 23, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    These presets are very good, thank you very much for sharing this! Cheers

  8. Machda
    Machda On February 23, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    thanks a lot Tim , great presets

  9. giotu
    giotu On February 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Nice! Thank you, will help a lot in future projects.

  10. Dima
    Dima On February 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Thanks, Tim. Anything you do is very helpful, especially the killer tutorials about AE and C4D. Great stuff!

  11. jeroenboumans
    jeroenboumans On February 23, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Thnx! nice reference material!

  12. James Wicks
    James Wicks On February 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Thank you, Tim.
    I appreciate your help.


  13. Diamond
    Diamond On February 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Heya Tim. Great stuff! Thank you very much.

  14. the virum
    the virum On February 24, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    thank you tim, what would be my life without you?

    the virum

  15. nemrod
    nemrod On February 24, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Great share !
    Thanx a lot 🙂

  16. Kim Petersen
    Kim Petersen On February 24, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    Thanks Tim. Great stuff.

  17. Chris Ongarello
    Chris Ongarello On February 24, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Thanks for being so generous and sharing these Tim. They are invaluable!!

  18. pishin
    pishin On February 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    hey man! thanks for the presets, they look awesome!, but i dont know hot to use them u.u , i will apreciatte any help, thanks!

  19. sq
    sq On February 24, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Thanks Tim, they look awesome!

  20. sara
    sara On February 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    you are my bob ross

  21. pranjal
    pranjal On February 26, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Thanks Tim,You have got a different level of mograph and cinema 4d training.Awesome.

  22. digitalove
    digitalove On February 27, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    these are great! thanks 😀

  23. Iacopo
    Iacopo On February 27, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Thanks Tim, the presets are excellent!

  24. Brett
    Brett On March 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Cheers Tim, LEG-END!

  25. Klas
    Klas On March 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Thanks for the presets!

  26. tom
    tom On March 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    how do you instal this plugin? I placed it in the plug ins folder and it’s not showing up under the c4d plugins drop down

    • Tim
      Tim On March 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

      It isn’t a plugin, it is a set of lighting setups, just open the C4D files and then use them in your scenes.

  27. David
    David On March 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    thanks for sharing Tim, very useful.
    You are the man.

  28. Luke Bosshard
    Luke Bosshard On March 11, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Hey man, can´t open these in my C4d… im using version 11.514 64-bit. is there any way to import these? ima total noob.

    • Tim
      Tim On March 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM

      They should open no problem in 11.5

      Anyone else having problems?

  29. Tibbo
    Tibbo On March 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Awesome! Cheers Tim.

  30. dr.pixels
    dr.pixels On March 31, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Nice Presets Tim, i do have a quick Q, how do we use IES files into C4D, and how do we set the kelvin temperatures also, to be more accurate, like in MR using black body shaders

    • Tim
      Tim On April 4, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      You can’t use IES files in Cinema4D unfortunately.

  31. Brent
    Brent On April 14, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    I keep getting an Invalid File Format error when I try to open these in 11.5

    • Tim
      Tim On April 17, 2010 at 1:12 PM

      Perhaps try downloading the file again?

  32. Mark
    Mark On May 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Dissecting these has answered so many questions. Thanks for the generosity!

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  36. robin
    robin On September 24, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Thanks a lot Tim …
    Wish u the best !!!

  37. illd
    illd On July 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Hi Tim,
    Interesting to see that you did use a 1.5 Gamma setting. How come?

    • Tim
      Tim On July 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      @illd You mean the gamma parameter in the GI settings, yeah?

      This is gamma for the GI only and it is handy way to boost the amount of light GI produces. This doesn’t affect the gamma of the image itself. Using it with GI is a way of faking more bounce light (IMO).

  38. illd
    illd On July 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    I always assumed the Gamma of the GI has to be the same than the Project settings. Obviously that is wrong…
    Changing the Gamma for the GI gives much better results – Thx for explaining Tim!

  39. ashcat
    ashcat On December 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Will this work on r13 ? thanks Tim

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  41. Ricard
    Ricard On December 11, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Great basic settings! Thanks alot

  42. Simon Dewey
    Simon Dewey On November 3, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Looks awesome thanks man! And thanks for your presentations at NAB, really helped me out a lot

  43. Saumil
    Saumil On December 2, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Great Help…!!!

  44. Tioluwanimi
    Tioluwanimi On August 14, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Thank you..really appreciate

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