Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Using HDRI with IRAY

The one thing that seems to have a lot of folks excited about the IRAY render in DAZ studio is the ease of using HDRI as an environment / IBL map.  Here are a few scenes using an HDRI of the Pixar Campus (in Berkley I think..)

all the lighting, comes from the HDRI, pretty cool for a free program.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Its not exactly breaking new but DAZ Studio has a new public beta out and this one has the Nvidia IRAY renderer to use. With a little effort and some time spent with google, and on the DAZ forums, one can produce some really good images.

It also has the ability to use HDRI environment maps right from the start, no additional scripts or plugins needed.

All in all I expect to get a lot of use out of the Iray renderer

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween and Black Cats

Here I've set a scene with a Black cat silhouetted by a full moon, only the eyes glow.

Bryce Pro7.1
DAZ Millennium Cat

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Flowing Waters

Here is an attempt to get the output of a Houdini water simulation into Bryce for materials, lighting and rendering.   I was able to successfully export the water and import it into Bryce, although the scale is off.  For bigger simulations I need more ram, apparently 12 Gigs is not sufficient.

it is actually not that bad.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Houdini Scenes

Here are some more renders from Houdini 3d, I  redid the lighting with the Standford dragon.

moved the spotlight behind it and tweaked the caustics, came out a lot better I think.

this other one is a glass sphere on a wooden torus,  a point light behind hit and one spot light hitting it from the front, I added some billowing smoke and tried to get it centered on where the caustics came to a focus point.

not a bad effect.

Houdini vs Bryce, battle Dragon

I won't be posting as often, but I will try to get at least one in a week, I don't have as much time to do 3d as I would like.

but here we go.  I tried to set up similar scenes in Bryce and Houdini to compare render results, Bryce has the advantage of doing decent Caustics out of the Box, while Houdini I don't think I got the lighting for the Image Based Lighting set up right, and while you can have the shaders do fake caustics, I probably should have added a caustic like to the scene.

still they both turned out rather pretty good.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A New Home

Blog Update..

I decided I needed to clean up the Blog and start fresh, as I haven't posted anything in over a year.

This is still a  place to put my Digital Creations,
      here are a few I've done with Bryce 7.1 Pro

I'll also be using Wings3d for modeling,  and I will also be doing some things with Houdini apprentice while learning Houdini