What is the new Linear Point light..?

fruitwortfruitwort Posts: 0
edited December 1969 in Daz Studio Discussion

.. and how do you use it?

Any instructions anywhere?


  • SzarkSzark Posts: 9,079
    edited June 2012

    This might help http://docs.daz3d.com/doku.php/public/software/dazstudio/4/userguide/lighting/videos/lighting_editor/start

    Basically it is just like a point light but you can adjust falloff and spread without adjusting the light intensity, where as the old Point light's spread of light is dictated by the light intensity.

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  • Richard HaseltineRichard Haseltine Posts: 20,634
    edited December 1969

    A realistic light's intensity falls off as the square of the distance (if the distance from the light doubles, the intensity falls to a quarter, triples and it falls to a ninth). The linear light fades as the distance (so at double the distance the intensity falls to a half, at triple it falls to a third). And as noted you can actually set the distances at which the fade starts and completes. That makes linear lights totally unrealistic, but much better at lighting a scene - using the option to set the end distance also avoids calculating shadows when they will have no visible effect, which greatly speeds rendering in scenes with a lot of transparent and trans-mapped surfaces.

  • fruitwortfruitwort Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Thank you all for your help.

    Unfortunately, 2 minutes of any tutorial video and my eyes start to cross! He is undoubtedly a very clever fellow but could he please slow down a bit (actually, no, a lot!) and wouldn't it be lovely if I could read what he's pointing at!

    I really do need this in writing so that I can study it at my own leisure ... and speed.

    And whilst I'm having a moan, why can't I see what has gone before when I am writing my reply? No, scrub that. I've just seen what THREAD REVIEW is all about.

  • adamr001adamr001 Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    With the exception of the image map support (aka gel lighting) Linear Point Lights work just like Uber Point Lights. I wrote a tutorial on Uber Point Lights that you can find on the old forums here -> http://forumarchive.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=160239

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 9,079
    edited December 1969

    fruitwort said:

    I really do need this in writing so that I can study it at my own leisure ... and speed.

    Yes that is my fault as I haven't completed the Text transcript yet. I will post here when it is done and i WILL try to get it finsihed as quick as I can. I have had a lot of life issues I have had to deal with over the last 4 months hence why this hasn't been done before now.

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