Does anyone else feel uncomfortable with the new Adobe CC pricing/subscription scheme? I upgrade Photoshop about every four years and I feel like I will be paying more per month for something I don’t really need. I have to do more research on their Cloud format, because my initial reaction to it is negative.
Since I’ve just upgraded my CS5 to CS6, I think I won’t have to worry about it for the next few years, but I wanted other people’s input on this issue.
RandomControl recently released Rhino LIVE, which is the Arion gpu/hybrid render engine fully integrated into Rhino 3D. Here is my playlist with the tutorial videos: My Rhino LIVE Playlist. They aren’t in any particular order.
Image by Vitaliy Khramoykin
Render by Paul Sherstobitoff
RandomControl, makers of Arion and Max LIVE have announced the release of Rhino LIVE, fully-integrated Arion for Rhinoceros 3D. In my testing, I’ve found Rhino LIVE to be rock-solid and a pleasure to use. I’m very happy for all of the patient and persistent Rhinoserati out there – you are going to really like this.
See all the details here: http://randomcontrol.com/rhino-live. There is also a demo version available that can be downloaded from the Customer Area.
I have been using Marvelous Designer to simulate throw pillows, bedding, sofa cushions and curtains. Below is one of the results. Most of the scene was modeled in 3ds Max. The image was rendered with Arion.
Rendered with RandomControl Arion
And what do I love the most about this render? The glass door knobs!
Rendered with RandomControl Max LIVE
I’m continuing my trek through my Inspirations Folder, and produced this render yesterday.
Chair rendered with RandomControl LIVE
You can see the full size image here.
Happy New Year everyone! I had a little time after my last job was finished to dive into my “Inspirations” folder and pick out a photo I had saved from somewhere. I like to do little pet projects from time to time to hone my skills in modeling and texturing. I hope you like it.
Table and Chair rendered with RC Max LIVE
Here are several tutorials from RandomControl to help folks get started with RandomControl Max LIVE, the innovative hybrid GPU render engine that is now fully integrated in 3ds Max 2010-2013.
Here is a link to my playlist for the tutorials that pertain to Max LIVE: RC Max LIVE Tutorials Playlist
“The next version of Arion features a very innovative and extremely useful feature that allows you to constrain the render to a certain object. It has in common with classic Render Region that it wastes little or no computational resources for the pixels that are left out of the selection, but instead of working on a fixed user-defined area, it auto-detects what pixels must be rendered.” For the full story, go to http://randomcontrol.com/blog/?p=833
I have done some tests with a current production scene showing a full scene render, an object render and a region render:
Render of full view
Image from Chow.com – I’ll have to make more soup to get a decent picture.
This savory soup is made from roasted pumpkin and is garnished with crumbles of crisp bacon.
- 1 pint of roasted pumpkin (may use 1 can of pure pumpkin puree)
- 3 shallots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- sherry or dry white wine to de-glaze
- 4-6 strips bacon, rendered until crispy and crumbled
- leaves from 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dry ground may be used)
- 1/2 teaspoon dry rubbed sage
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken stock
- 1 cup of half and half or whole milk
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large heavy saute or sauce pan, render the bacon until crispy and set aside.
Saute the shallots, celery and carrots in the bacon fat until the shallots are soft.
Add about 1/4 cup of the wine to de-glaze the pan.
Stir in the pumpkin, sage and thyme.
Add the chicken stock.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
Puree the soup. I used a Waring blender with the little center lid removed and a dishtowel over the opening. You can also use a stick blender.
Return the mixture to a heavy sauce pan, add the half and half, then salt and pepper to taste. You may add more stock or water until the soup is the desired consistency. Heat until warmed. Serve with a garnish of crumbled bacon and croutons (optional).
Makes 6 8-oz servings.