Over at the Philosopher’s Egg. I got the newsletter last week(ish) and wanted to post the info in case some folks might have missed the announcement.
I’d just dropped some $$ at DAZ so I only picked up the Chug this time:
A quickie test render, though I wish I’d rotated this good boy around a bit more to show off its curly tail. Iray render, as I recently picked up new iray light sets and have been testing them.
I also splurged on the new Howie Farkes UltraScenery and its Harpwood Trail add-on. This is a really nice utility, and according to the vendor’s commercial topic over at the DAZ forums, more add-ons are coming. I won’t be re-installing Carrara, since the only reason I’d bought it was for Howie’s nature scenes. This also led to culling a few Flink products over at Renderosity (about half my wishlist there, OMG!)
Still have to re-install Hexagon though.
There are way more light sets for iray than there were for 3DL; it’s a bit overwhelming. I looked through a whole bunch and ended up getting iRadiance Pro Series 16k HDRIs – Rain City Chicago, iRadiance – Light Probe HDR Lighting for Iray – Expansion 4, Click N Render IBL Set, Perfect Portrait Lights, and Theory of Light – The Heavens. This seemed a good starting point to find what I like and then learn more about iray lighting from there.
I bought a few sets way back when iray first came out, but mostly used a couple light probes from a PA holiday freebie.
Out of the box results; I’ve not been brave enough to do much experimenting with settings.
For me, iray renders take much more time than 3DL ones. Testing/experimenting eats up a lot of hours that I’d much rather spend rendering, but learning stuff is kinda necessary too. I just wish I were quicker at it.
This week I’m also going to play around with the extra layering features that are available for 3DL’s Ubersurface 2. This could be fun for making materials, and I do love making materials…