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[Launched in Store] -  Carrara EnviroKit - Woodlands [commercial]
Posted: 07 February 2013 12:04 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The first in a series of Carrara EnviroKit products: Woodlands
Designed with the idea of helping artists quickly generate an outdoors scene or enhance existing scenes.
For those starting with a clean slate, there are several presets that are ready to render the way they are, but are actually empty and mostly flat around the zero coordinates area, so that ruins, buildings or whatever is needed can be added and used easily.
The Kit also includes each piece separately to be brought into existing scenes as well as a "Base Scene" which is a simple base setup lake and stream with surrounding terrain, environmental setup of lighting, clouds, animated water, etc., without any plants or other parts.

More information to come soon. The following images are as follows, from top to bottom:

Image One - Basic Preset Day
Image Two - Basic Preset Sunset

Basic Presets have the Clouds, but are not made visible, and the terrain shaders are procedural
Image Three - Enhanced Preset Day
Image Four - Enhanced Preset Sunset

Enhanced Presets use Volumetric Clouds and detailed texture maps in the Terrain Shaders
All four use the Realistic Sky and a Sun Light for ease of Time of Day set up. The Sky is actually not the focus of the product, as I am a huge fan of all of the Carrara sky Products sold at Daz3d, But a lot of time has gone into the Sky and Light Rigs to get the presets off to a really good start.
[ Edited: 14 July 2013 11:34 AM by Dartanbeck ]
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Posted: 07 February 2013 12:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The Kit also includes new tree presets and two versions of berries for use in your trees. More info and images to come.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 03:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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what is it going to cost ?
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Posted: 07 February 2013 06:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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looks interesting!
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Posted: 07 February 2013 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Dartanbeck - 07 February 2013 12:07 AM
The Kit also includes new tree presets and two versions of berries for use in your trees. More info and images to come.


I knew you could edit the leaf section to add things like fruit and such...but I was never comfortable with doing so.

Having a way to make even more realistic trees in Carrara would be awesome.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Garstor - 07 February 2013 08:47 AM
Dartanbeck - 07 February 2013 12:07 AM
The Kit also includes new tree presets and two versions of berries for use in your trees. More info and images to come.


I knew you could edit the leaf section to add things like fruit and such...but I was never comfortable with doing so.

Having a way to make even more realistic trees in Carrara would be awesome.
Oh yeah. The Plant editor in Carrara is amazing - I think that one of the big things, though, lies in their shader.
The plant editor has three tabs for adding leaves. But each tab isn't limited to just one type of leaf.
[ Edited: 07 February 2013 10:04 AM by Dartanbeck ]
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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Much more than just plug and play, this whole "kit" idea revolves around practicing techniques that makes stuff look better in Carrara. So one of it's core elements is the instruction guide - even though you never have to use it. There is plenty of Plug and Play that already takes advantage of the steps used in the manual. For instance: Tree and shrub models in the browser; Their presets in the Plant editor; Their Shaders in the shader tab; Easy to use Groves are already set up in the Objects tab; Finally, scene presets in Scenes.

Terrain editor is another strong focal point of study. Ask Carrara impatiently and ye still get something. But add some finesse and you could really have something. I like my people to walk around without tripping on stuff, so I wanted the center to be somewhat flat, letting the surrounding terrain do the rest, so we start with an image map, which is included. I take you step by step through the process in an easy to follow manner, but I also include the images. I cover the filters and generators used in good detail.
But again... you never need to touch the instructions if you don't want to. But if you do, you'll really master Woodland Environs in no time.

Three terrain shaders are included. One procedural and two texture mapped. These are ready to use on any terrain and the instructions take you even deeper.

The Realistic Sky editor is an amazing tool. The setup I include uses volumetric clouds, when clouds are used. This is because I wanted to give a good overview of the sky in the presentation. This is not a plug and play product for skies.

The true intent is something like this:
I have the Fantasy Castle, now what? Bam!!! Here's a good answer! etc., etc.,
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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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bigh - 07 February 2013 03:49 AM
what is it going to cost ?
Not yet sure how much of that is allowed in the forums. But I think it's safe to say that it is aimed towards the "very affordable" range. Official price has not yet been determined.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Did a news post at http://carraracafe.com/
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Posted: 07 February 2013 01:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I am currently taking steps to help illustrate how to create 360 degree panoramas that can be used for multitudes of scenes. It's very simple (yet very time consuming due to high resolution render times) to make specific, individual backgrounds. For these multi-use one's, we need to take different measures. Although the kit will include a collection of them that I made as examples, and you'll be able to use these easily in your scenes, I wanted to really show you how to do these yourself - what to watch out for - what helps sell the effect over and over again for varying situations.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 01:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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3drendero - 07 February 2013 01:32 PM
Did a news post at http://carraracafe.com/
Wow. This is an honor! Thanks 3d!

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Okay, here is a quick example of what I was talking about, above. The intention here is to have a surrounding background that doesn't interfere with the foreground. We need to be able to load in the Fantasy castle, or the Witch House, etc., with the background already taken care of for us, by ourselves, of course, but quickly and effortlessly without putting too much toll on our render times. Let our high resolution heroes take those cpu cores to their limits.

In the following two images, I'm using a background that I rendered using the Basic Panorama Maker scene from the kit. But the I added a single instance of the Large Woodland Block and duplicated it around the center of the scene. These are real Carrara trees, and they're replicated all over that terrain, but there are some tree in the background image, and it's utterly amazing how well they blend to create depth. Some of the trees mid-way through the image are from the background image, while some are models replicated into the scene, and it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish them from each other. This scene is also included as a preset even though its Spherical camera render result is also included as a .png background. Using backgrounds to create backgrounds... how frickin' cool is that?!!!!
Anyways, the second image is the exact same scene and camera angle, but I put a check into the visibility box for the volumetric clouds group, which adds yet another layer of depth and visual difference.
Check it out:
[ Edited: 07 February 2013 05:45 PM by Dartanbeck ]
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Posted: 07 February 2013 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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You'll see as I post more images how simple it is to take it from here. Like I said, if you don't have any interest in picking up on my techniques and build your own stuff using this large set of lessons, you can simply use the presets and render them. Plug and Play... add the stuff you REALLY want to focus on in the center, right where it loads in at default position - it's really cool. I'll take some example shots of plug and play methods very soon.

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Heh... Just looking over the above renders again reveals to me that many of the trees, even within the forested hill are actually from the background image used in the scene. The panoramic that's coming from that scene is actually going to have more distance and should make a really good "Generic" surrounding background with a threatening storm. Lot of depth in there. For good panoramic backgrounds, a bit of DOF will help to take the focus away from the BG.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Wow!
Did you ever try DOF on a 8000 x 4000 render? lol
Results, though... results!
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Posted: 07 February 2013 09:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Dartanbeck - 07 February 2013 09:31 PM
Wow!
Did you ever try DOF on a 8000 x 4000 render? lol
Results, though... results!


This is where Gimp or Photoshop is your friend. Why take an additional hour or more to add an already-post effect in Carrara when you can do it in less than a minute in an image editor, with the ability to Undo if you don't like the look.
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Posted: 07 February 2013 11:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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You know me... no freakin' post woik!
I duz evertin inz da Carrara!!!:smirk:
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Posted: 08 February 2013 12:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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