The deformer objects deform primarily the geometry of other objects (see below for alternative uses). You can use deformers on primitive objects, Generator objects, polygon objects and splines.
The deformer will affect its parent object and the hierarchy below that parent. This means that a deformer will affect any object at its level in the hierarchy (since those objects are children of the deformer’s parent) and any object below the deformer’s level in the hierarchy (since those objects are in the hierarchy of the deformer’s parent). However, a deformer will have no affect if it is positioned at the top level of the Object Manager hierarchy, since it will have no parent.
If the object to be deformed is selected and the
adapted to that of the deformed object (originating from its bounding box).
You can use several deformers on the same recipient. Their order of evaluation is from top to bottom in the Object Manager. The evaluation order matters — a twist followed by a bend produces a different result from a bend followed by a twist.
The deformer can only work with what you give it. For example, to twist the recipient smoothly, ensure that it has a sufficiently high number of segments/subdivisions along the twist axis.
All deformers are activated automatically when you create them. If a deformer is activated, you will see a green checkmark icon in the Object Manager.
To deactivate the deformer, click the green checkmark. The icon changes to a red cross.
A deformation object has no effect when deactivated. You can also switch off the deformer using the Enabled option on the Attribute Manager’s Basic Properties page.
You can activate or deactivate all deformers at once by toggling the Use Deformers option on the
Three methods can be used to restrict the Deformation object’s range (this does not apply to all Deformation objects - some will simply ingore the one or the other method):
Vertex Maps or polygon selections can be used to restrict a deformer’s area of influence.
Deformer Objects affect more than just individual objects. They also basically affect all functions used to create geometry.
Deformation animations created in Cinema 4D must often be exported to other applications. To do so, the