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 Can rendering be scripted?
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LiamSherborn
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Posted - 11/15/2006 :  15:32:49  Show Profile  Visit LiamSherborn's Homepage
The reason I ask as a really cool script or plug in would be a one that one could render an object with the items closest the screen lighter than those farther away. This would allow one to create geometry, turn it into a bump map and then simplify the geometry and use the thuse created bump map instead.

I remember seeing a workaround where someone in effect put a black fog in place that made things that were further away appear darker but this didn't really work.

Such a plug in would be a great enhancement - perhaps it could even be used to create more sophisticated displacement maps in a later versoin of CX.

Just a thought as I am trying to make a wicker basket and am not overly enamored of the idea of trying to weave all the geometry or willing to end up with the flat look of a bump map. Oh well, ...

Liam

Michael
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Canada
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Posted - 11/15/2006 :  16:32:04  Show Profile  Visit Michael's Homepage  Send Michael an AOL message
Currently, rendering to PSD files allows you to include a Depth Map by default, which skips all that nasty fog business.

Click "render to layers" in the render dialog, and check out the layer options.

Michael Luscombe
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LiamSherborn
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USA
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Posted - 11/16/2006 :  11:55:48  Show Profile  Visit LiamSherborn's Homepage
Wow! That is awesome sounding. This should be better promoted as a feature as it is something that I have wanted forever and I am sue that I am not alone. Thanks Michael. Now, I just havve to wait ffor Christmas to get my upgrade to CX 5.

Liam
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Michael
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Canada
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Posted - 11/16/2006 :  12:55:17  Show Profile  Visit Michael's Homepage  Send Michael an AOL message
If you have a Mac, you can download the 5.1 beta and try it out now:

http://register.strata.com/cx51beta.php

We do promote the render to layers feature in our online and print ads, as well as our website:

http://www.strata.com/strata3d_features.asp?id=280

http://www.strata.com/strata3d_new.asp

Michael Luscombe
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