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Posted: 01 August 2014 05:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Dartanbeck - 31 July 2014 09:01 PM

Agreed!
...also, Hi Jon! How the xxx are ya? It’s been… what…. 537,000,000 hours since I’ve seen ya?!!!

Speaking of “Photo” realism, have you ever tried PhilW’s Carrara Portrait Studio? (pssst - currently on sale for ridiculously cheap!)
It’s most impressive, and another awesome training mechanism towards GC=2.2 and some seriously realistic renders!

Love me the Portrait Studio, I was first in line to get that when it came out smile

Hiya Dart!

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Posted: 01 August 2014 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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I still haven’t been able to purchase (I’ve escalated to the Infinite Skills folks for help), but just watching the free videos that are available for this training has already helped me immensely improve.

I finally understand what linear workflow is, and why carrara needs it to render realistically.

And I can’t believe I’ve been using the Anything Glows light all this time, assuming that it really had an inverse square falloff and would be physically correct, which Phil disproves very quickly with a very straightforward lighting scene (brilliant!)

This stuff is absolutely brilliant, I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of it, and if you’re interested in realism in Carrara (as I have been long obsessed with) you would have to be crazy not to get this.  Heck, don’t take my word for it, go over there and watch the preview vids for yourself.

Special bonus:  no one pronounces ‘Carrara’ the way Phil does.  Trust me, it’s a treat smile

Here’s a quick render I threw together after watching some of the tips from the preview vids.  Scene is inside a primitive cube (which is why there’s some splotchy stuff on the walls) with 2 glowing primitives (a cube which is visible to the right and a plane which is above and looking down on the subject from the front) providing all the lighting via the ‘Glow’ channel (which I’m now convinced is the absolute best way to get correct lighting), with blurry reflections enabled on the skin so there will be some specular effect, some SSS I rigged up, etc. The model actually has some very nicely set reflections on the eyes that give great ‘eye glint’ effect, but in this pose the eyes aren’t reflecting the light source directly at the camera, so not so much (but again, just like in life, I suppose…) 

Not bad for a quick try I think, but there’s still a bit of weirdness/artifacts in some parts of the hair.  Then again I haven’t viewed the tutorial sections on hair yet…  smile

I really do think that mesh lights (objects with glow channel + indirect lighting) gives some amazing results, Carrara is indeed a very powerful renderer, stacks up quite well even against unbiased scenes and handles the lighting very similarly (very realistically)

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Posted: 01 August 2014 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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hmm… repeated post (whoops)

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Posted: 01 August 2014 07:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Hey Jon! Fantastic job on your shaders/render. You definitely sold me on getting Phil’s video (like it wasn’t already pretty high on the list).

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Posted: 01 August 2014 09:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Thanks Dustrider!  Lol, I was just posting in the Bryce vs Carrara vs Vue thread how impressive the renders you had put up were, then checked back here and saw your comment smile  I consider that high praise as you are definitely one of my favorite Carrarists, extremely skilled and talented.

And Phil’s vids are definitely great (at least what I’ve been able to watch so far, and I’m sure the rest is gold too).

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Posted: 01 August 2014 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Jonstark - 01 August 2014 09:00 PM

Thanks Dustrider!  Lol, I was just posting in the Bryce vs Carrara vs Vue thread how impressive the renders you had put up were, then checked back here and saw your comment smile  I consider that high praise as you are definitely one of my favorite Carrarists, extremely skilled and talented.

And Phil’s vids are definitely great (at least what I’ve been able to watch so far, and I’m sure the rest is gold too).

Where is this thread of which you speak? The Commons?

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Posted: 01 August 2014 10:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Jonstark - 01 August 2014 09:00 PM

Thanks Dustrider!  Lol, I was just posting in the Bryce vs Carrara vs Vue thread how impressive the renders you had put up were, then checked back here and saw your comment smile  I consider that high praise as you are definitely one of my favorite Carrarists, extremely skilled and talented.

And Phil’s vids are definitely great (at least what I’ve been able to watch so far, and I’m sure the rest is gold too).

Jon - Thanks for stopping by the thread and adding your great comments and render, it really helps to get some other opinions, examples, and views. Also thanks for your kind words red face ..... now THAT is high praise (not sure I quite live up to it though).

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Posted: 01 August 2014 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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evilproducer - 01 August 2014 09:42 PM

Where is this thread of which you speak? The Commons?

Yep, here’s the link http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44348/

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Posted: 02 August 2014 03:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Thanks for the link! I’ll have to check it out.

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Posted: 03 August 2014 04:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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This looks like a great tutorial and I expect nothing but superb material from PhilW.

Maybe this was answered (sorry if so). Does the training focus on a specific version of Carrara? Notably 8.5, which I still haven’t purchased and may never purchase at this rate?

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Posted: 03 August 2014 05:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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Garstor - 03 August 2014 04:43 AM

This looks like a great tutorial and I expect nothing but superb material from PhilW.

Maybe this was answered (sorry if so). Does the training focus on a specific version of Carrara? Notably 8.5, which I still haven’t purchased and may never purchase at this rate?

Just to mention it, the link PhilW gave has a couple of preview chapters available free, and they are good stuff:

http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/carrara-realism-rendering.html

I tried to look for some feature that would answer the question about V 8.5 (which I did purchase when the price dropped for one day to a level I thought was reasonable, i.e. very low.  I had earlier voiced some complaints ...).  I didn’t see anything that was obviously not available in V. 8.1, but hopefully PhilW will clarify this.

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Posted: 03 August 2014 05:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Thanks. I appreciate the extra info.

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Posted: 03 August 2014 10:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Garstor, I agree with SteveK.  Like him, I’ve only watched the free preview videos and not the full series yet (because Infinite Skills won’t take my money, grrrr), but while I’m pretty sure Phil is working with 8.5, there’s not a setting he’s addressed yet that couldn’t have been done in carrara 7 just as easily.  But then, I haven’t seen the whole training yet smile

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Posted: 04 August 2014 09:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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You are right, I use C8.5 but I don’t think there is anything that is covered in this training set that you can’t do with Carrara’s certainly back as far as C7.

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Posted: 08 August 2014 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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I’ve so far just watched the free previews. Can’t decide between subscribing to them and trying to watch as many videos as fast as I can and then remember it all… or buying this.

But I’ve gotten to the video on environmental rendering and I’m noticing that… step back a bit… if I use a glowing object (only tried spheres so far), I get horrible pixelated artifacts on darker skin - blotches in areas that should be minor shadow. This is with gamma 2.2, turning light quality up to best, and the object accuracy to 0.5.

Are solutions to blotchy areas covered later on in the series?

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