Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D – Photorealism for C4D
Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D – Photorealism for C4D

Since we live in the modern, tech-driven era, architectural visualization has reached its peak – hyper-realistic renders and interactive rendering have become idea sellers.

As one of the most significant tools for communication between architects and clients or investors, visualization has the power to attract patrons and elucidate a designer’s idea.

Today, there are a variety of 3D modeling and rendering software solutions, and each architect or architectural visualization studio chooses the most suitable combination of programs. Each new version of 3D modeling and rendering software accelerates the limit of possibilities, allowing architects to bring their ideas to life and improve their skills.

One of the most commonly used combinations among architects, as well as 3D artists from other industries, are Corona Renderer and Cinema 4D.

Nikola Tomsu, lead developer of Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D said: “When simplicity and power come together, it can change everything,” and he added, “With us tackling rendering and MAXON tackling 3D design, the Cinema 4D community has a lot to look forward to.”

With that in mind, here are some useful features related to this golden combination. Let's see how to achieve photorealism!

Interactive Rendering

Most rendering software solutions provide users with test rendering. After you import, edit and adjust all textures and materials, you can hit that teapot icon, and wait for a couple of minutes (sometimes more than a couple of minutes).

Then you can see your progress, as well as the mistakes included in your visualization. After that, you must repeat the process over and over again until you make sure that everything is fine.

Unlike other rendering software solutions, Corona Renderer is interactive – it provides you real-time feedback! Each adjustment, whether modifying camera, geometry, lighting, textures or materials, each correction appears hyper-realistic within the Cinema 4D Picture Viewer.

That way, you can save lots of time and achieve the best results with less effort.

Light Mix

Lighting is a crucial element of architectural visualization. Using artificial and natural lighting, you can highlight important elements of your interior design, exterior landscape, or even an urban plan. However, the adjustment of lighting isn't a simple process.

Using Corona Renderer, you can interactively regulate and modify the intensity and color of scene lights within all steps of rendering – before, during, or after visualization. More importantly, you can present to your clients the same render with different scene lighting without wasting lots of time!

Material Editor

When it comes to rendering, the material editor is another crucial toolbar – it gives your 3D model life, as a 3D model can't be realistic without textures and materials. However, most of rendering software solutions don't provide their users with the opportunity to edit, create or reuse shaders between channels or materials.

However, the Corona Node Material Editor works with all Corona and many Cinema 4D textures and material sets, allowing you to spread changes over various materials at once.

Once again, Corona Renderer and Cinema 4D are the golden combination for architectural visualization!

Artificial Intelligence

Tech development changed the market, and modern users have become more demanding. Architects and 3D artists want their renders as soon as possible, and that's why Corona Renderer uses cutting-edge technology to speed up renders and improve the user experience.

The high-quality central processing unit and interactive GPU-based artificial intelligence denoising integrated with Corona Renderer will speed up all processes of rendering.

Native Rendering Engine

The capability of rendering to Picture Viewer, Corona VFB, or previously mentioned Cinema 4D Picture Viewer, make Corona Renderer one of the most advanced choices for architectural visualization. Moreover, Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D is fully compatible with Team Render, allowing Corona Renderer to boost the speed of any process.

System Requirements

Corona Renderer 3 for Cinema 4D is compatible with Maxon Cinema 4D R14 to R20, and it's available for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10 or newer). However, if you want to use NVIDIA GPU AI Denoiser, you need an NVIDIA GPU with Kepler at least.

NVIDIA GPU AI Denoiser is optional, but if you have AMD or integrated GPU, you can use Corona High-Quality Denoiser, which uses purely the CPU. This denoiser can be applied in any PC which can run Corona Renderer 3.


Like many other software providers, Corona offers two types of license – Educational or Student License and Public Render Farm License.

- Educational or Student License

If you're high school, college, the university student, you can get one floating workstation license and one floating render node for 24,99 €/year.

- Public Render Farm License

To get your Public Render Farm License, you'll have to pay 10-15% revenue from all jobs done using Corona Renderer. The minimum fee is 100 € per month.

The Bottom Line

As one of the best rendering software solutions for architectural visualization, Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D allows you to create hyper-realistic renders and stay ahead of the competition.

Regardless whether you're an architecture student or you own an architectural visualization studio, you should use the combination of Corona Renderer and Cinema 4D to achieve the best results!

Have you ever tried Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D? Share your experience with us in the comments!