Greyscalegorilla Releases Tactile: Materials for 3D Designers

Greyscalegorilla offers the Tactile Library of 3D materials created for Cinema 4D, with five collections of over 200 clay and unfinished wood materials.

Greyscalegorilla offers the Tactile Library of 3D materials created for Cinema 4D, with five collections of over 200 clay and unfinished wood materials.

Greyscalegorilla, provider of professional training and tools to help motion designers and 3D artists, has announced Tactile, a library of 3D materials for Cinema 4D available for all Greyscalegorilla Plus subscribers. Launching with five collections—Clay Fine, Clay Rough, Clay Sculpting, Clay Doh and Unfinished Wood—digital artists have more than 210 materials to work with. Tactile will allow 3D designers, architectural visualization artists, product and interior design artists, and motion graphic designers to create 3D renders in Cinema 4D using Redshift, Octane and Arnold. 

“Tactile materials look so real, you can practically feel them,” comments Nick Campbell, Greyscalegorilla founder, and CEO. “We’ve been blown away by how real these materials look in our renders, and we can’t wait for the Greyscalegorilla community to use them in their work.”

“We’ve scoured the globe bringing together thematic, visually cohesive collections that set a new standard for 3D materials,” comments Chad Ashley, creative director at Greyscalegorilla and developer of Tactile. “We’ve developed a new method for creating these materials, starting with beautifully characteristic wood and clay, and have been able to capture not just the superficial surface details, but a true representation of the physical nature of the material—all the dips, rises and particular features that make each material unique.” 

Curated through artistry and technology, the Tactile library incorporates standard material channels like diffuse, normal and roughness and real-world properties, like translucency, displacement and optical reflectance. 

“Maxon’s community of 3D artists is consistently pushing the boundaries of creative possibilities, from reality-bending creations to photorealistic designs,” says David McGavran, CEO of Maxon, which develops Cinema 4D. “Through their plugins and materials, Greyscalegorilla, a longtime friend and partner of Maxon, has become a reliable resource for helping Cinema 4D artists pull off incredible renders. Their Tactile Library will enable artists to achieve a new level of fidelity, whether they are designing for the real world or inventing something entirely new.”

The new Tactile materials are 3D physically based rendering materials. These materials are curated by talented designers to create visually cohesive collections. Greyscalegorilla’s Tactile materials are designed to be easy to use.

Tactile is available exclusively as a part of Greyscalegorilla Plus and is compatible with Arnold, Octane and Redshift in Cinema 4D. Install with a click through the Plus Library.

Greyscalegorilla Plus: Under-the-Hood

Greyscalegorilla Plus membership gives Cinema 4D artists various  tools and resources for 3D rendering and motion design. Membership includes access to:

  • Materials and texture libraries: more than 2,000 handcrafted, hi-res Cinema 4D assets, and access to 500+ high dynamic range images for 3D.
  • Cinema 4D Plugins: Greyscalegorilla plug-ins provide comprehensive lighting, animation and photorealistic rendering capabilities.
  • Gorilla U: 500+ hours of expert training on leading 3D toolsets and renderers including Cinema 4D, Redshift, Octane, Arnold and Houdini. Courses and tutorials cater to common themes: topography, car rendering, product visualization, lighting, etc., and are available online 24/7.
  • New content is added regularly to the Greyscalegorilla Plus library.

Pricing and Availability 

Greyscalegorilla Tactile textures and materials are available immediately with a Greyscalegorilla Plus membership. Greyscalegorilla Plus membership is available directly from Greyscalegorilla. Subscription pricing is offered at $49 a month or $399 annually. Greyscalegorilla Plus Educational Licenses are available for students and teachers, and Greyscalegorilla for Teams volume licenses are offered to studio teams of three or more, on a “floating” license basis. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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