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C4D Quick TipGradient Control with XPresso
Although the video uses the gradient shader in the alpha channel to control the pupil, the gradient shader can be used in many different channels of a material to have different outcomes.
Remember that the animations created on the single material will carry throughout all of the instances (where it's used).
I would probably set up a pupil in a different way, but this workflow was requested. Remember - there are so many different applications for this, but accessing the shader information through XPresso is really the big takeaway.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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