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  1. AA try decreasing to max level 4x4 or 8x8.

    Reflection depth... you should get away with 2-3.

    Decreasing ray depth also speedps up rendering.

    I understand this will be an animation? If so,you can choose GI mode that it better suited for  animation. Your chosen mode QMC +LM is quite slow in your case.


    my 2 cents.

  2. AXYs Anima is my first thought. Then the software called Massive (works with fuzzy logic), but the price is too steep for single project.

    I used anima animated people for some archviz projects and they worked fine.

    BTW - you can search for some info on bohemian raphsody how they did the stadium full of CG people, but i suspect Massive,


    Anywaay, let me know how you figured it out.

  3. Hair method seconded.

    Note that with megascans, as far as I know, you will be adding only moss texture or image with alpha, not the actual 3d moss.

    Unless you can find a piece of rock in their library that is very close to your needs, try hair first.

  4. Do you have only hdr based lighting in the scene? Shadows may be too subtle. Rendering out ambient occlusion pass might be more visible.

    Anyway if you save output as psd file with layers, there is your shadow pass.

    You can see it directly in picture viewer as per screen.


  5. 22 hours ago, kkamin said:

    Cool, just gauging interest currently. Good questions:


    1. Post work allowed if it's just adjusting tone and color. You won't be able to paint in highlights or shadows or do any image retouching like removing things in reflections, etc.

    2. I'll ask that you describe the lighting set-up so after the students try to replicate, they can learn how it was done. 

    3. You can use any lighting tools you want

    4. The scene is going to be fairly simple. This is meant for people to have fun with the challenge more than anything, and then check out what other people came up with.


    OK so the 1. answer kills multi-pass workflow. For example rendering reflection channel separately and adding it in PS to enhance existing reflection on raw render.

    All that can be changed in post work is hue, saturation, vibrance, exposure, contrast... of final render. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Anyway, please reply to this thread once the contest starts, I may would like to give it a go.

  6. Post work allowed or must be raw render?

    Scene file must be provided or just the image?

    3rd party lighting tools such as hdr light studio allowed?

    By scene you probably mean some single product shot as setting up interior lighting for for whole archviz scene would require a bit higher award...

    Please share some more information about this project...

  7. Looking at your website, you have renders which seems like your personal projects you did out of interest, not for client

    Some characters.. do you know how to rig them and animated them?

    Your archviz renders are not what majority studios would be ok with.

    If I were an employer looking at your portfolio, I would have doubts... can this person do the job I request in given timeframe?


    Personally I take archviz jobs and product visualization and I never had a day off.

  8. We discussed this topic with felow colleagues in an older thread, and in my opinion, it is better to use non-destructive modelling.

    What I mean by that, use linear mograph cloner, draw/import path spline and use spline wrap deformer. All parameters are easy to adjust and result looks good.

    Imagine you have not only a flat road, but a road junction ( with bridge, guard rails, etc....)  doing each curved piece manually would be quite a time killer.


    I attached a quick example of what I mean inluding c4d file.



  9. You need to redo your beer material. It should be very close to the glass material, which seems ok.

    Disable color channel and in transparency, try decreasing absorption distance.

    Consider placing area light behind the glass to get more interesting look.

  10. A classic question, which gives headache to many 3d artists.

    Linked below are 2 video tutorials for vray, but hopefully you can make a use of them.




    This issue is not software specific, as other 3d apps (maya. 3ds max) have multipass option too. Feel free to explore further.



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