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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Video Tutorial: Showcase your 3D Models with a Basic Studio-Styled Setup

Hey there! Here's a quick tutorial that should help you create better renders to showcase your models. You'll understand a very simple technique that will allow you to achieve the type of results depicted in the before & after image below:



You'll understand how to render your model with a seamless background and soft shadows, without complicated lighting and backdrops. Once understood, this type of setup only takes about thirty seconds to implement!

Here are some more examples of the types of renders that are easily achieved using the techniques covered in the tutorial. The models used in these renders were generously provided by some of the members of the BlenderNewbies Forums. Thanks, guys!








This simple technique can also be used for animation tests and even serve as the basis for the stylized appearance of an animated short.

(Note: For more advanced users, set the ground object to only show shadows.)



Watch the tutorial online
(FLV streaming, Length - 5:29)


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18 comments:

Flawedprefect said...

Simple, yet so vital to show off your work. Well done.

Palli said...

Nice one Kernon!
I regret that I didn't see the topic about sending the models to you :)

Per said...

Great tutorial! It also nudged me to download and install version 2.46 since I couldn't find the adaptive qmc buttons on 2.45 :)

James said...

Woot! 2.46 RC1 for me as well - thanks for the tutorial!

Kernon Dillon said...

Thanks for the comments!

Snottlebocket said...

That was a great tutorial. The simple no background studio renders was something I always wondered about looking at 3d work.

I never considered it would be as simple as showing a shadow on an invisible plane.

Kernon Dillon said...

Thanks!

There are other ways to create the effect that offer additional backdrop options. For example, using a visible plane object that curves upward behind the subject. This would be an attempt to actually model the physical aspects of a real-world studio photo environment. But, lighting becomes more complicated and it takes longer to setup a properly execute. This technique is an attempt to simplify all of that. It does have its limitations, though.

NCubed said...

Thank you, it works very well. Simpler lighting set-ups, phew.

As Per said, it finally made me try 2.46, but with the bonus of much-needed tidying up of my collection of Blender downloads.

Piero said...

Cool!
right what I was looking for!!
Thanks.

leonsooi said...

Is Adaptive QMC available in Blender 2.45? I don't intend to upgrade to 2.46 yet...

Kernon Dillon said...

Unfortunately, Adaptive QMC is only available in versions later than 2.45. However, you can still achieve the soft shadows using a spotlight with buffered shadows.

David said...

Thanks! I was just trying to figure out how to do this. I should have known there was a simple way :)

Anonymous said...

i cant get it to work with my scene. only ambient oclusion is working...

Kernon Dillon said...

Could you do a post in the forums with an image of your current results? I'll need to see what your scene looks like. Thanks.

http://forums.blendernewbies.com/index.php

Giorgio Martini said...

Thanx, i needed this to show something a client and now looks so much better ! thanks ! I will buy you a coffe ;D

Kernon Dillon said...

Thanks! I'm glad it helped. :)

adivaki said...

Very great thank Kernon.

Very simple. but simple is life.

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This tutorial is very useful for me and here i was found how we showcase 3D model with a basic studio style setup. Thanks for the information. Keep posting like this.

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