Clarisse iFX 2.0

Easy as 1, 2, 3D Want to mix some 3D with your 2D? Try Clarisse…

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Ever wanted to mix some 3D with your 2D art? Clarisse could be the per­fect way to do so.

Since Clarisse iFX’s ini­tial re­lease, this ren­der­ing soft­ware has gone from strength to strength, with big ef­fects stu­dios ILM and Dou­ble Neg­a­tive chip­ping in to the soft­ware’s de­vel­op­ment. As a re­sult Clarisse 2.0 in­cludes new fea­tures that take the soft­ware’s out­put into the heady realms of Hol­ly­wood-qual­ity ren­ders.

Among these fea­tures are vol­u­met­ric and OpenVDB sup­port, im­proved sam­pling qual­ity, oc­clu­sion and im­proved colour man­age­ment. If you’re new to all this, it es­sen­tially means that the im­ages Clarisse pro­duces sport the kind of depth and vol­ume that you’d ex­pect in a block­buster film scene.

Not into 3D? Devel­oper Isotropix is keen to em­brace the dig­i­tal paint­ing crowd. You can com­bine 2D el­e­ments to cre­ate a dig­i­tal matte, or if you’re feel­ing brave you could play around with 3D mod­els to act as a back­drop.

There’s no get­ting around it: 3D soft­ware can be in­tim­i­dat­ing to new­bies, but Clarisse doesn’t over­whelm with menus and scripts, and YouTube tu­to­ri­als are your friend in this case. Best of all, you can try it for free: the Per­sonal Learn­ing Edi­tion in­cludes most fea­tures from the full-price soft­ware, but only for non-com­mer­cial use.

Clarisse’s ob­ject-based work­flow is a boon if you have many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments in a pro­ject.

With pro­ce­dural mod­el­ling you can make big changes to scenes while ob­jects stay in place.

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