Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Material Manager Material Properties / Material Editor
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

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Figure 1.

This page enables you to create a soft glow.

The glow color can be defined freely.

Glows cannot be seen through transparent objects, nor in reflections. The glow you specify here does not act as a light; other parts of the scene will not be lit by the glow, nor will any shadows be cast. Glows are restricted to a maximum image resolution of 4,000 x 4,000 pixels.


You can specify a color on most of the material channel pages using a color chooser.

Brightness [0..100%]

Use this setting to adjust the brightness of the channel’s color. The brightness works somewhat like a multiplier.

Inner Strength [0..10000%]
Outer Strength [0..10000%]

Inner Strength specifies the intensity of the glow over the material surface; Outer Strength is the intensity of the glow at the edges (see Figure 1, below).

Radius [0..+∞m]

The Radius determines how far the glow (either the inner or the outer) extends from the surface. This value is rendered relative to the distance of the object from the camera. The further away the object is, the smaller the glow, and vice versa.

Random [0..100%]

If a random percentage is defined, the intensity of the glow in each animation frame is increased and decreased in a random pattern, as follows:

0%: No change

100%: Maximum change

Frequency [0..+∞]

Frequency specifies how often the glow radius changes. The amplitude of the change is given by the Random value.

1Hz: The glow reaches a new random value after 1 second

25Hz: The glow has a new value for each frame (for 25 fps), which causes a flicker

Use Material Color

If Use Material Color is enabled, the glow is calculated on the basis of the material color rather than the color specified here.

If the option is disabled, the object and glow colors are mixed. For example, green objects will appear yellowish under a red glow.