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Variegated Gel In Vw

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I was wondering if anyone has created a variegated gel texture in VW. I tried to create a texture like I would a gobo and then using Gobo Slot Two without any luck. the color pallets wont let me chose multiple colors of course.... I created a PNG of the gel attached. Ideas? Tricks? Tips? Thanks!

Verigated test for VW.png

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take your PNG and create a gobo texture with it.  it should give you the effect. the create Gobo should be in the Spotlight>Visualizations dropdown menu.

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Though keep in mind that variegated gels work because they go in front of the lens, not at the gate.  The result is a blended color not a sharp projection of the colors, that has particular interplay around shutter cuts, gobos, and shadows.  Vectorworks doesn't quite have the capacity to perform that degree of simulation -- possible caustic photons and a modeled sheet of gel outside the lens will get you close, but the rendering time may not be worth it.

 

Possibly a Photoshopped version of the gel with softer blends (approximating the end result, rather than the actual gel layout) will give you the best results.

 

-Josh

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I am with Josh. I would create a graphic that already had a color effect applied to it. 

 

If if you don't have Photoshop or a similar program, I would recommend Pixelmater (if you are on a Mac) It's fairly intuitive and very cost effective. 

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