How to Create Underwater Lighting

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Instructor Matt Umney

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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create the complex light patterns that form under water, using a technique that renders very quickly.
Although Cinema 4D supports caustics, which recreates the underwater lighting effect very accurately, the downside is that it can slow down your render times considerably due to the complex calculations involved.
Here you'll learn how to create fake caustics that render fast, to recreate the amazing light dance that appears on the ocean bed or swimming pool floor. You'll also pick up a few tips on how to quickly create and texture underwater terrain.