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Luis M Ruiz

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  1. Hi Kevin. You got me thinking and yes, there is currently one way to filter textures with hatches associated to these.  In your resource manager search for "surface hatch", that'll show you over 400 materials, but there are others that have hatches but the name does include the search word, for example, CMU and I am trying to locate others.

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  2. Where do we start?  Here is my checklist.


    The level of detail of any rendering depends on the level of information you want to covey on this illustration. If all is needed is to show form and space then a sketchy level of detail may be sufficient. If you are going after the final presentation including all bell and whistles then you need to spend the time on deep 3d modeling and testing rendering techniques.   Know all 3d modeling techniques along with navigation, learn to create and manipulates textures, learn camera setups and benefits of all its settings. Make use of viewports and resolution control, understand the difference between Custom Renderworks and Rendering Styles, learn how to preview renderings, getting other objects from other sources, lights, very important, these make renderings sing and look professional. 


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  3. Here is my personal recipe. If my goal is to create a rendering, say size 8.5x11". I set the sheet min res to 300dpi and after being done export the whole page as an image (tiff or png). Now, if my illustration is just an OpenGL, then I set the res to 600 dpi, this makes the lines, textures, and solids look gorgeous.


    I must also mention that since the speed of our cloud is better than my laptop, I've been processing my files using publish.

  4. The problem is not with the rendering styles, it has to do with materials. Also, I noticed you added an image to the glass, something that looks wavy, frosted. I'd recommend you make use of noise-turbulence and increase the size to 400%, that'll get you the effect you are looking for.

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  5. I noticed in your file that all textures are set to receiving no shadows and all of them have no preview. I assume at some point you created a texture from an image? That triggered a problem and corrupted the rest of the materials. I know the solution here is to transfer all to a new fresh file but the steps for transferring the materials  I'll have a ask my friends over here.

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  6. Don't be afraid to pop those colors and highlights with a little help of post editing.  The raw rendering contains all the information, it just needs to be enhanced a bit. here is a sample of your beautiful rendering. 



  7. This is such a great challenge. Here is my approach., a combination of Nurbs > Create surface from curves >stitch and trim surfaces. then I wanted to test create a surface array and finally rendering the model including two colored spotlights.

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  8. Only if you are serious about 3d.

    I typically spend min 30hr per week on projects and at this point, I can't see myself without it. A couple of years back I started with the small navigator but now I use the space mouse enterprise. I need my shortcut buttons.

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