Model And Render A Magnifying Glass – Cheetah3D Tutorial

I thought I would record a quick video tutorial showing how I created the magnifying glass that I recently posted. It takes about 20 minutes start to finish to complete and if you’re fairly new to Cheetah3D you should pick up a few tips and tricks…


  1. Great tutorials Dave. I have reproduced the magnifying glass. I’m looking forward to your next tutorial.

  2. Thanks Chris, glad you found it useful – it would be good to see what you came up with, do you have a link?

  3. Hi DaveI’ve placed an image of the magnifying glass at: haven’t solved the problem with the lens going dark though. From some angles it is very black. Is there a simple fix for this?FYI: Earlier dabbling with 3D from years ago can be seen at: headers for the Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Chicago School pages were modelled in C4D v6. There is a bit more 3D work in the Gallery. Again, this was done years ago using C4D.

  4. Nicely done Chris!Did you put the render tag on the lens object with visible in radiosity unchecked? That tends to lighten the glass up. Failing that, try a different HDRI.How long have you been using Cheetah3D? I find it really quite similar to Cinema4D.

  5. Thanks DaveI had unchecked the wrong radiosity option. It looks much better now: C4D v6 starting to crash in Leopard and not running at all in Snow Leopard, I bought Cheetah 3D about two months ago. I’ve had the demo version for a while and used it earlier for your softbox tutorial: user interface for Cheetah 3D is similar to C4D, but much simpler to use.Thanks again for the great tutorials.

  6. Dave,
    It looks like the tutorial on youtube is cut short – is there a full length one available that includes setting up the lens and apply materials?

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