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Luis M Ruiz

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  1. 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

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 :) 


  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. This is my typicall workflow when creating renderings.


    For showing quick previews when someone is looking over my shoulder and asking questions > Fast Renderworks

    For middle of the road and while having my daily coffee > Custom Renderworks, adjust quality as needed

    For those almost there moments and fine light tunning > Always Renderstyles + adjust sheet resolution as needed ( 25dpi, 72dpi, 150dpi, 300dpi, 600dpi)



  9. 15 hours ago, jmanganelli said:

    Luis' recent webinar tutorial on interior rendering is outstanding, not just with respect to use of Rendeworks, but also just for his excellent presentation and summary of a good rendering workflow.  The results are also very, very good.

    So nice to read this comment, that makes my Monday morning.

    Thank you.



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  10. On 4/3/2017 at 2:04 PM, NeilB said:

    With the recent SP3 Update for Vectorworks 2017 and the improved performance of 3DConnexion's Spacemouse Radial Menus, I'm curious to hear what other people are assigning to their Radial Menus...


    What about you @JimWand@Luis M Ruiz?


    Thanks in advance,


    Hi Neil.


    For my radial menus I have: solid operations, add, subtract, intersect and section. for my second radial menu is all rendering or view modes: fast renderworks, hidden lines, custom renderworks and open gl.


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