Just before the holiday break this year, Nitro 4D posted Magic Projector, a new tool for Cinema 4D that allows you to easily and quickly project splines or objects, onto any other objet’s surface.
All you have to do is to select a spline or object that you want to project and then select the Magic Projector plugin. Adding a target object to plugin will make the splines conform to the shape of your base geometry.
Here, in a quick tip presented by motodice, you can see how the Nitro 4D freebie plugin is used to animate particles, using the standard emitter, along a surface.
Because the plugin works just like another deformer in Cinema 4D, means that you can add the plugin with any other deformer and come up with some great effects.
The plugin runs under C4D R12 – R17. More information on the Magic Projector Freebie can be found in this post.