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[Tutorial] Adding dynamic to carrara pictures (beginners)
Posted: 29 September 2012 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi to all.

For a long time, I’ve been frustrated with the renders from Carrara. I was finding them kind of flat, like a drawing. It was bugging me because I didn’t have the problem with other software. I was using the same textures, the same light rig, but the result wasn’t there.

This summer, I was on holydays and I couldn’t use Octane to render my pictures (Only my desktop has a graphic card powerful enough). Usually, I prepar everything with Carrara, use Baker to extract the shaders maps and I export everything to octane. That time, I decided to render with Carrara.

It was a very interesting session. I’ve learned a lot about lighting and I may make another tutorial if time permits.

Anyway, I made a lot a progress but I could get rid off that ‘flat’ look. I decided to do it in post et voila…

The image was lacking dynamic. To compensate that, I used two steps :
Overlaying the image over itself to strenghen the colors
Using the ‘level’ tool to add a bit more dynamic.

I’ve done an example using the preset ‘Indoor afternoon’ and GIMP, so that everybody could have a try.

The end result, if not photorealistic (mainly due to the poor shaders users in the preset), is more in the tune of an afternoon view that the original render was.

I’m sure that a lot of you already knew about it, but I could find anything explaining it in the forum archives. So I decided to post to help whoever it might.

PS : After posting, I found out that the differences wherent obvious from the thumbnails. Be sure to view the full size image.

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Posted: 29 September 2012 01:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks for posting and a special thanks for using GIMP!

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Posted: 30 September 2012 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Good result!  You may also want to take a look at VirtualPhotographer free plugin (for Photoshop - not sure if it would work in GIMP) - I use it a lot to add camera-like ambience and adjustments to a raw 3D render, and sometimes for more special effects.

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Posted: 30 September 2012 03:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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They seem to offer a free standalone application, VirtualStudio, that runs the free VirtualPhotographer plugin:
http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

Though it keep crashing on my Win7 64bit, site says something about 32bit.

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Posted: 01 October 2012 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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3drendero - 30 September 2012 03:34 PM

They seem to offer a free standalone application, VirtualStudio, that runs the free VirtualPhotographer plugin:
http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

Though it keep crashing on my Win7 64bit, site says something about 32bit.

It works very well in gimp using PSPI.
You can use GIMPAD & GIMPHOTO for a standalone solution.

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