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Howie’s Maze. Usage Tips? Read me?
Posted: 30 March 2013 03:44 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Greetings. Just installed Howie Farkes’ “Maze.”
Can anyone point me to the read me?
As I have a small sd drive for my C drive, I installed on another drive rather than my directory with my Carrara files.

I have added the Maze to my Scenes in the browser section.
I get one icon that says “Hedge Maze 1”

Anything else I need to do?

I also added the individual car sets that I found in the Data folder - not that it was necessary I think.

Also:

I need to r ender quite large (12inches by 24 inches at 300dpi)  - but the scene renders too slowly even on the fast anti aliasing.

Any clues on this appreciated.?  I have dropped the lights in the artificial GI down to 12 from 400 (?) approximately. Quality still not bad, but even with all lights deleted i t still takes a while to think about all the replicators.


Thanks for advice.

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edit running it through now without bump and transparency - speeds it up a little

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Posted: 30 March 2013 04:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The Read Me is at:

http://docs.daz3d.com/doku.php/public/read_me/index/15969/start

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Posted: 30 March 2013 04:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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thanks Jay_Nola.

I already have that link - unfortunately it tells me nothing - except where to find the scene.

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Posted: 07 April 2013 09:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I made a post but it seems to have been lost.

Anyways, one thing that might be worth trying is the enlargement software photographers use.

http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/perfect-resize/

Might be satisfactory Image Quality to do a smaller, high-quality render and then up-size it. 

The trial is free - and there’s no watermark - or there wasn’t when I did the trial.

Hope this gives an alternative approach to getting the print size you need.

I like most of the enlargements I get from cropped photos.  I especially like the Progressive Sharpener that can be used after the enlargement.

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Posted: 07 April 2013 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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thanks Grimvald, appreciate t hat! Will look into the software - looks good.

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Posted: 18 April 2013 04:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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any other hints appreciated

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Posted: 18 April 2013 04:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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head wax - 18 April 2013 04:24 PM

any other hints appreciated


If he uses translucency in his leaves, you could get rid of it.

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Posted: 18 April 2013 06:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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thanks evilproducer,

that;s a great idea
I’ll check it out !

could be alphamaps as well slowing things, haven’t looked at the leaves to see how they are made,

I buy stuff to support carrara vendors but

some of it never gets used because on the render times….

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Posted: 18 April 2013 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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from what little I’ve seen of Howie’s stuff, I’d suspect he uses leaf shapes (at least I hope he does), but alpha maps are an excellent idea as well!

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