3D World

Modo 902 & gno­mon train­ing

Price £1,199 ex VAT/ 1,459/$1,799 | com­pany The Foundry | web­site www.the­foundry.co.uk

- Tech · Adobe Photoshop

A small up­date be­fore Modo 10, plus Gno­mon’s Oc­tane Ren­der for Maya train­ing DVD gets rated

Modo adds a new cam­era match­ing and matte paint­ing work­flow in the lat­est point re­lease.

While not a unique fea­ture, the na­tive abil­ity to match a Modo cam­era to that of a pho­to­graphic still is hugely use­ful. It’s straight­for­ward to bring in a photo, set the scene to the di­men­sions within the photo – ei­ther man­u­ally or Modo will read the photo’s EXIF data. Once the cam­era match­ing and scale in­di­ca­tors are lined up, the fun can be­gin.

Modo adds a new pro­jec­tion shader and tex­ture; the Pro­jec­tion Shader is use­ful for sim­ple set­ups, but the Pro­jec­tion Tex­ture is hugely use­ful as it works with any ma­te­rial across any at­tribute, such as dif­fuse or lu­mi­nous colour. Com­bined with the new pro­jec­tion paint­ing op­tions, it al­lows the cre­ation of ge­om­e­try, which is tex­tured with the scene. Cou­pled with Modo’s great UV tools, we’ve used Modo 902 and Pho­to­shop to cre­ate arch-viz clean plates in less than half the time and with bet­ter qual­ity than is pos­si­ble with Pho­to­shop re­touch­ing alone. Modo 902 also al­lows the use of stacked images at seper­ate depths, cre­at­ing a new way of plac­ing your mod­els within a pho­to­graph. Modo 902 is free for all 901 users and gives non users another rea­son to con­sider this ever im­prov­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, which is catch­ing up with the ma­jor play­ers.

 ??  ?? Modo 902 of­fers an ex­cel­lent cam­era match­ing and matte paint­ing toolset
Modo 902 of­fers an ex­cel­lent cam­era match­ing and matte paint­ing toolset
 ??  ?? author Pro­file Mike Griggs Pol­ish­ing pix­els since 1995, Mike is a UK based free­lance 3D, VFX and mo­graph artist. He also works as a free­lance tech­ni­cal writer. cre­ative­bloke.com
author Pro­file Mike Griggs Pol­ish­ing pix­els since 1995, Mike is a UK based free­lance 3D, VFX and mo­graph artist. He also works as a free­lance tech­ni­cal writer. cre­ative­bloke.com
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