Category Archives: CX Advanced

The basics of setting up a reflective material, Part 2

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

This tutorial shows how to control the smoothness of a material according to incidence angle.


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Adaptive Shadow Sampling and 8.0

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

Adaptive Shadow Sampling allows the renderer to save time by adaptively lowering render quality parameters in dim shadow areas. This can save quite a bit of time in some scene, but can also introduce artifacts if set too high. This tutorial discusses how the gamma function in 8.0 can necessitate different values as compared to 7.x


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Anti-Aliasing & Pixel Detail settings in 8.0

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

The Block Volume Subdivision Limit controls which pixels get anti-aliased, often called oversampling, by examining pixel intensity differences between neighboring pixels. This tutorials specifically addresses how this variable is affected by the new gamma controls in 8.0.


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8.0: Working with Floating Point Color, 2

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific
This tutorial shows how to adjust over-exposed areas of an HDRI image rendered out of Design 3D 8.0. It will help you to become familiar with working in the realm of floating point color.
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8.0: Working with Floating Point Color, 3

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific
This tutorial shows how to adjust the colors of an HDRI floating-point color image to heighten bright area in a predictable fashion. It will help you to become familiar with working in the realm of floating point color.
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Reworking problematic geometry

This modeling tutorial shows how to examine a polygon mesh object that has problems and how to correct. It shows various techniques for figuring out what may be misbehaving in parts of the polygon mesh.
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Working with subdivided UVs to control edge textures

This materials and UV tutorial shows how to be aware of and work with the UVs of subdivided objects, especially when textures need to conform to the edge of an object.
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Modeling the metal stand of a chair

This advanced modeling tutorial shows how to extract edge geometry from an existing polygon object in order to create another objects which conforms to this first surface.
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Creating a chemical shape, approach 1

This modeling tutorial imports Adobe Illustrator artwork which contains only non-filled bezier curve segments. It specifically shows how to create thickness for these elements, in addition to setting up the final geometry for proper subdivision surface objects.
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