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Luis M Ruiz

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  1. If you can be content with creating an animation with only OpenGL quality remember there is a current way. It's about setting a series of saved views and making a slow speed transition between views but at the same time record the screen with another software. A trick that solves the problem when I need to present ideas not polished enough.

    (sort of like SketchUp transition animations)



  2. 2 hours ago, zoomer said:

    I am a little concerned about the having 2 modes as I use navigation with key and pen

    as least as often as a navigator.


    Hi zoomer, I totally see your dilemma, a friend of mine had encountered the same decision, also had a tablet and a pen, unfortunately, we lost him to the dark side,

    "you must unlearn what you have learned"

  3. Now, to start the fun cycle, when things get to be taken apart and trying to create something they were not supposed, here is a sample of my jeans fabric with a stylish hole in it. 

    I wonder how am I going to use this one? O.o

    (OpenGL preview)

    denim with a hole.png

  4. I can totally see the potential of having these new shaders available.

    Here is the result of my first test file as I was trying to study and understand the settings and future benefits.


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  5. I guess the beauty in this is that if we work in this 9 hr a day we must enjoy the time seating in front of the screen.

    To modeling, there is not a single approach, the device settings is what makes the difference. Adjust them to your liking and we are ready to roll.


    Here are mine.


    Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 11.37.38 AM.png

  6. 1 hour ago, zoomer said:


    But Luis,

    what did you before the 3D Connexion Devices where available.

    Did you always renounce of the STRG+MMB temporarily Fly Over (Object Mode) and used the

    (tool intermittent) Walk Through Tool instead ?


    I used them all and all the time, shortcuts and all and I thought I was fast and precise.........now I drive in style :)

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  7. Fit to object button is one of my favorites. Also, I think I added a change projection command to one of the view keys and that I use a lot. Basically all I use is perspective now, I guess I abandoned isometric views since navigation is not really for that. As you noticed, the whole environment is set in Vectorworks for moving around the model as the first person, settings for other modeling programs are based on rotating the object, I guess it is ok if I am designing a wrench tool but not intuitive for architectural buildings.

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  8. I have this file where I am replacing boxes for 3d projects we've done over these past months.  Actually thanks to "project sharing" many collaborators are providing a large contribution.

    Navigation using these devices has really no comparison. The only drawback is that I am personally becoming so dependent on these gadgets, more productive yes but spoiled at the same time :) 


  9. ah, something else I forgot. Try configurating your buttons to tools or modes that make sense to you, don't get stuck with something you don't need. My small navigator has Left button set to radial menus with rendering modes and Right button with switching projections between isometric and perspective. Remember, helicopter mode works great in perspective.

  10. My first reaction when I saw the screenshots was to check on the geometry of those hollow objects and possibly remake them again.

    I'd suggest controlling your light levels before rendering, one by one and see the effect on the scene. start with all off, then turn on light sources one by one and finally to balance the scene add ambience light.

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  11. Hi.


    I thought I'd jump into the conversation and offer a hand.


    I grabbed the file and added a edited a few things. Here is my list:

    • I turned off the floating point lights. These were not corresponding to the tracks or glow from the ceiling. To make the scene realistic light must match a light source.

    • I did noticed the hangers having too many points but did not bother the speed of my rendering, but what I did do is convert the extrude profile into a nurbe curve, duplicate it and created a loft solid, I ma a big fan of using nurbs now, saved lots of memory processing.

    • Each one of the spot light symbols contains a IES custom light, these produce a more realistic halo projected on the walls and floor.

    • Since this is an interior rendering and not knowing if the store is inside a mall or faces a street I did not use environmental lights, I left the glow objects and track light fill the place.

    • Custom Renderworks did the trick here,  some ambient occlusion, 8 bounces. Also set the indirect light to medium or higher to avoid those spots on walls.

    • These images are a quick previews. 72 dpi and small.

    • Since I imagine this is just a starting rendering and the card board clothing serve as place holder I recommend going for an artistic look, cartoon is actually a good friend of mine as this stage along with pencil sketch.

    • If you do want to go more realistic look, add edges to the objects on scene, hidden line can do the trick or start using a rendering style.

    • Keep in mind that is best to create rendering using viewports.


    This is a fun exercise, post later further results please.





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