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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Have you tried using Turned instead of Brushed within the Metallic reflectivity shader? An alternative is to use a stretched noise shader within the Color shader - increase the value of the Relative U% to something like 2000 and reduce the Relative V% to something like 10. This will stretch the pattern to a similar effect, but you do get a seam where the texture maps on the surface and I've been unable to get rid of this...
  2. That's so cool! As for faking it - it's all fake anyway!
  3. If you are placing lights inside the sphere, you could set them to not cast shadows, and then you would not need to cut holes - the light would just pass straight through. But the downside of this is of course that the light would not cast any shadows elsewhere. And even if there are lights inside the sphere, you will only see the beam, (with lit fog set), but not the light source itself, (unless you make my fake glow shader lights).
  4. You can fake this quite nicely by using the new Renderworks noise shaders... Create a sphere. Create a new Renderworks texture and use Noise as the basis for the colour shader, as well as the Bump. This will break your sphere into small, flat square surfaces instead of you having to model the individual mirror faces. For the Reflectivity shader, set it to Mirror. Apply the texture to the sphere. The problem then is getting the mirror to reflect light sources, as Renderworks doesn't do this (see Horst's response above). However, you can get round this by using small 3D polygons with a Glow Shader texture applied to it. But you will not see light rays leaving the mirror ball. Hope that helps!
  5. Hi Teresa Were your rectangles arrayed using Duplicate Along Path by any chance? I have had a small issue with this recently (which is in hand with NV I believe). If this is the case, try arraying your rectangles using Duplicate Array first and see if that makes any difference. If they were not created with Duplicate Along Path,I'll have to think again and come up with a better suggestion!
  6. For the Get Plant Data issue, try this: Go to Landmark>Plant Database Does it open correctly? Should fire up Filemaker Pro. If it does, go to File menu and choose Create Category Plant Lists. This will refresh the data that VW uses when you choose Get Plant Data. Just wondering if your data has somehow become corrupted.
  7. Make sure each of your plant definitions have something in the ID field. Of course it should not crash, but do give this a try.
  8. No problem. I've sent you the file with the lights showing their beams now. The symbol you are using in the dark light is one that seems to contain some geometry that obscures the beam. Editing the symbol and applying the Default Instrument Texture (which is set not to cast shadows) fixes the problem. Lit fog also doing its stuff.
  9. When you check Lit Fog, a Renderworks Background should be created in the Resource Browser. You can edit this resource to change the intensity of the fog. You might want to check the settings here. Otherwise, I'm happy to have a look at it. If you want to copy the offending light into a blank file and send it to me I'll take a look. tamsin@vectorworks-training.co.uk
  10. Do you have the light switched on in the Visualisation palette? Or do you instead have Draw Beam checked on the Object Info palette? Turn it off there and ensure that the light is on in the Visualization palette. Then it will show in a final render. It should not pass through objects UNLESS you have a) edited the light and unchecked Cast Shadows or b) you have edited the texture on the surface that the light is hitting and unchecked Cast Shadows.
  11. Hi Hmm - it's difficult to work out what's going on without seeing the issue. Did you send the wall to the surface of the model? Can you post the file? Or you are welcome to send it to me offlist - tamsin@vectorworks-training.co.uk
  12. I second that Dan. The lighting options within RW2011 provide superb results.
  13. Hi Gerrit Renderworks 2011 does stills, but can also produce animations by path or by fixed point. You don't necessarily need Renderworks for working with C4D, but it would mean you can texture as you go in Vectorworks and then send the file directly to C4D full version if you wish. HTH
  14. Yeah - it's cool. It also comes with a library of Vectorworks symbols which are a superset of the Lighting symbols supplied by NV. But you can use both. Good for simulation, but you can also use it to pre-program your console as it works with the many software consoles out there, saving money on hiring the venue before the event too!
  15. ESP Vision can do what you need, I believe... and integrates very nicely with Spotlight's workspace. (I do not own any versions of Blade Runner, but have, of course seen it many times)
  16. Hi Mark The secret is to use a starter stair that looks part what you want, and then use the flight and landings tab on the stair configuration to add new elements to the stair as you want. Once you have added the starting and ending elevation, VW will work out how many stairs you need - you can then distribute them between different flights as you wish. You can change the turn angle of each segment as you wish too. In a rush, so sorry I'm not being more specific, but if you need more help, please shout. In the meantime, this should get you started... Tamsin
  17. Hi Tami NV does talk this through in the system requirements. And I must also state that a lot of the knowledge in that document has also come from various tech support knowledgebase articles. I just put it all in one place and organised it a bit better. I'm glad it's helping...
  18. Lit fog works fine... you just need to enable it in the lights. You may find that as you have a 32 bit machine, you will not see the benefits of the new Renderworks...
  19. Take a look here for some information on translating rendering... http://www.vectorworks-training.co.uk/Buy_Vectorworks/Renderworks.aspx There's a file you can download at the bottom of the page.
  20. It sounds like your Page Setup is wrong. Have you chosen the paper size using the Printer Setup button? Also ensure your printer is not scaling during the spooling process.
  21. Hi Tim Have you set a resolution on your sheet layer? You can change the dpi setting for each sheet. Click on the Layers button at the top of the screen on the View Bar and select Sheets. Edit the sheet and change the dpi. It may take longer to render, but you will end up with a better quality image.
  22. Are your layer options set to View Others or Gray Others?
  23. You need to select the window and in the classes tab (I am assuming VW2011 here) ensure that the Glazing field is set to use a class. Edit the class and ensure the class has a glass texture.
  24. Hi all I sometimes encountered this. I didn't ever really get to the bottom of it, but found that if I copied the viewport, the copy would render quite happily while the original just gives me a white viewport (after appearing to render for sometime). I have also managed to coax it by rendering in Fast Renderworks first then cranking up to Final Quality/Custom. BUT my problem only occurs on files I have imported from 2010, and then not for all viewports. Just some seem to be stubborn. So, not sure that this is a lot of help... All the best
  25. The Existing Tree tool is fabulous! Not sure where you are Gilly, but you can come along and see a live demonstration of it on Thursday. Visit our website, register for the event and come along.


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