Light, ren­der and ex­port

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It’s time to light the scene us­ing my thumb­nail sketch as a guide. I love this phase in 3D soft­ware, be­cause it’s so easy to experiment with dif­fer­ent light­ing lay­outs and colours. Un­like in a paint­ing, mov­ing these lights around only takes a few clicks – and the shad­ows are ex­tremely re­al­is­tic. When I’m sat­is­fied, it’s time to hit Ren­der, re­sult­ing in a 3,600px wide .PNG im­age that I’ll bring into Pho­to­shop.

Ren­der a se­lec­tion map

The other im­age that I like to ren­der in 3D is this rather strange-look­ing colour map. You can prob­a­bly tell that it’s a ren­der of the ex­act same scene, but with all of the light­ing turned off and the tex­tures re­placed the with solid colours. Clearly, it’s not a beau­ti­ful im­age, but in the next step you’ll see why it’s key to my cre­ative process.

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