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3D Rendering: A Guide to Organizing Projects for Cost-Effectiveness

3D rendering can be a godsend in keeping catalog imagery costs down. Over the years, I've found a handful of key considerations that have the greatest impact on the final project cost. Keeping these in mind while planning your next rendering project will keep things as cost-effective as possible. Highlights In this article, I'm going to cover the following topics as they relate to 3D rendering projects How to plan a project to optimize for each...

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3D Furniture Rendering: Cost Effective Processes for Photorealistic Results

3D Rendering helps designers, developers, and consumers better understand products. 3D furniture rendering offers all these benefits but—as with any industry—has some caveats and gotchas to be aware of. Things like carvings, upholstery, and finish requirements can all impact cost. Maintaining an awareness of these will keep price and turn-around times to a minimum. Project Requirements 3D artists have to be instructed on how to create 3d models and produce 3d renderings. They aren't aware of...

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Multiscatter 1.5 for V-Ray Released by iCube R&D Group

The iCube R&D Group announced that the newest version of the popular 3DS Max plugin Multiscatter is now available for download. This version offers several improvements over prior releases including improvements to the multi-painter tool, improved viewport handling, capacity to scatter V-Ray lights, new spline options, and more. Feature Improvements This much-anticipated new release offers support for several features in strong demand by users. One of the most-highly sought—support for V-Ray light scattering—will allow users to...

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The 11 Best 3D Modeling Software Packages

Different 3D modeling software caters to different workflow demands. Finding the best 3d modeling program is no easy feat—but knowing where to start can help. This list is all about helping discover the best 3d modelers on the market today, how much they cost, and the benefits of each. Overview Among all the 3D modeling programs software packages out there are several regarded as "industry standards." This article is about highlighting some 3D design programs that...

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Autodesk’s Announces “Indie” License for 3DS Max & Maya

Autodesk has announced a new licensing model for two of its flagship design software products; 3D Studio Max and Maya. Each of these programs is used for 3D modeling, Animation, 3D Rendering and is considered among the best 3D modeling and rendering programs on the market today. The new Autodesk Indie license looks to make these powerful programs more accessible to smaller studios and freelancers. Limited Eligibility 3D Studio Max licenses retail for $1,545/year or $195/month...

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Chaos Group Announces V-Ray Next for 3DS Max

Chaos Group recently announced the launch of the much-anticipated V-Ray Next update to their industry-standard rendering engine. This next-generation rendering engine comes packed with speed and workflow optimizations that look to keep it at the top of most studio's favorites list. V-Ray Next: The Next Generation Render Engine In CGArchitect's 2018 Architectural Visualization Render Engine survey, it V-Ray was reported to have an overwhelming market share among architectural visualization artists and studios. Second to Cornoa and...

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A List of 3D Forums & Communities

Most of the 3D artists I've met over the years have one thing in common: they're all self-taught. Sure, maybe they've got a course or two under their belts, but the vast majority of their skillsets have been learned through scouring the Internet for hours at a time. That, and banging their head against the wall! 3D Forums & Online Tutorials There's a lot of places to learn about 3D modeling and rendering today but that's not...

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Implementing 3D Renderings to Improve Development Efficiency

The technology required to produce photo-realistic digital renderings and high-quality 3D models has become dramatically more affordable for small businesses. A combination of lower-priced computing power, more affordable software pricing, and larger numbers of skilled laborers have made 3D modeling and 3D rendering a much more cost-effective approach for smaller businesses to integrate within their product development pipeline, client presentations, and consumer marketing materials. This paper outlines specific points within the product development process...

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2018 Architectural Visualization Rendering Engine Survey Results

From CGArchitect: The 2018 Architectural Visualization Rendering Survey is an update to our original Rendering Survey conducted on CGarchitect.com in October and November of 2016. Responses were gathered between November 30, 2017 and February 3, 2018 via CGarchitect’s community (social media & email newsletter) and through Facebook groups associated with real-time engines and architectural visualization.  997 Responses came from Social media and 1,066 responses came from our email newsletter subscribers. For the purposes of Margin of Error calculations and...

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VRay Next: The Science Behind the New Hair Shader

From Vray: Rendering hair correctly in computer graphics is a fairly complex problem to solve. Because hair is made up of thousands of translucent and scaly cylinders, it’s a fairly complex surface. This makes it difficult to determine exactly how light interacts as it transmits, reflects and bounces off it. To make it even more challenging, an average head of human hair contains more than 100K hairs, and these hairs are very fine — usually...

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