I should extrapolate.. I did use a 360 environment with it, if you don’t the colors come out darker. It still looks pretty but it’s more a medium shade than a pastel usually. I’m fairly sure it also renders faster with a solid visible sphere around it.. I used the one that comes with my freebie liquid shaders from Christmas.
Ooh, thanks again Fisty - will check it out….... I admit I struggle with lighting these days, which is weird ‘cos I used to be better at lighting in DS than Poser, now it is the other way around. Guess I need to practice more. ^o^
Most of the time I use a regular 3-distance light setup, much like old poser default but all white instead of that icky brown. If I want to use AO I will switch out my 30% fill light for an uber environment light at like 20% intensity to add the AO but not really effect the shadows or specular effect I already had.
Yeah, I tend to use a Poser-style three light setup too, mainly shades of grey unless I want a ‘warmer’ or more colourful effect. Getting the right balance between surface detail and sheen seems more difficult in DS these days, and shadows are often too dark/rough. I’ll try some low-intensity uber environments, maybe that’s the answer, though I hate waiting even fifteen minutes for a render these days…..... Must say I’m liking that DS4.5 renders faster!