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Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow

From: Rendering Interiors in 3ds Max

Video: Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow

When you're compositing, there's an order to the post effects and color correction. Because I'm working on the whole image, and it's

Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow

When you're compositing, there's an order to the post effects and color correction. What I've done here is to merge all the nodes together and color correct them before I'm putting on any blur or other optical effects, that effect either where objects are or their luminance. Once that's all set, when we've got the image looking like we want, as if we had taken that picture, then we can put on things that are value dependent such as glow. I've put on my ZD focus and I'll select it, right click, and choose filter and glow to put a little bit of a glow on.

Initially everything glows as if somebody had put a little gasoline on the camera lens. And it's a little too much. Glow then is dependent on a tolerance or threshold in value. I'll pull this timeline down Click on the View and Press H to see it as big as possible. And then bring up the tolerance in that glow. Glow is both a brightness and a blur. And so first we'll work on where does that glow sit. And then how bright it is and how much blur we're getting. I'll pull up this tolerance towards .5, and this way all the hot parts in the image get a little bit of glow to them.

We can see the hot sun on the stairs, the white wall in the background, and just above the bridge all have a bit of a glow. But things like the darker tiraso and wood on the benches is not glowing. Now with that tolerance up dictating the point at which my glow starts, I can back off the size. I'll pull that size down to maybe six or five somewhere in there, and that reduces the amount of blur. Finally, I'll back off the mix and that glow. With the mix down to zero it's a nice soft image.

With the mix up just a little bit, maybe around point one one five or so, we get a little bit of glow in the hottest areas. We can even mask this glow by one of our object IDs, masking out for example. Just the glow to sit on the white wall, or just apply the glow to the concrete stair treads. Because I'm working on the whole image, and it's applying an even glow to it, I'm going to leave it unmasked and simply use the mix and the size to pull that around where I need. I got a little bit of glow, it just shows that it's a nice bright hot sun coming in, and it's just kissing those hot white areas a little bit.

There's a little bit of a soft glow and even a little bit warm red in there. You can pull back the saturation if you like and this may help depending on the colors you have going on. For example, pulling back the saturation on the glow, leaves the glow on but doesn't get that red fringing. With saturation all the way up and a higher mix, we really start to see some extra color in there some yellows and reds in our stairs. Pulling our saturation back then, lets them glow without being oddly colored. I'll make sure my mix is scaled way back and I'll even pull down the brightness just a bit.

As with most of our effects we have to remember to keep it subtle. It's really easy to say yes put a glow on everything, and it looks a little bit cheesy, so there's the just tiniest bit of glow on the really hot places. Remember, also that professional photographers strive to minimize this, and so we don't want to put on glow, and make a photographic fumble. In putting on an effect that most folks try to minimize. A little bit goes a long way, so remember to use your mix, your brightness and your tolerance, to really dictate specifically where that little bit of glow goes.

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Rendering Interiors in 3ds Max

42 video lessons · 2699 viewers

Adam Crespi
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  1. 3m 54s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 48s
  2. 43m 2s
    1. Assessing the design possibilities
      3m 53s
    2. Changing the rendering engine
      1m 57s
    3. Creating basic paint sheen and colors
      8m 58s
    4. Adding luster to wood
      7m 43s
    5. Polishing metals and metallic finishes
      9m 16s
    6. Making glass and tile sparkle and shine
      11m 15s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Creating the Daylight system and positioning the sun
      6m 23s
    2. Softening the sun and shadows
      3m 17s
    3. Adjusting the Photographic Exposure for stylized imagery
      4m 36s
    4. Using global illumination and Final Gather to change the lighting
      4m 45s
  4. 25m 22s
    1. Casting light from interior fixtures
      7m 24s
    2. Lighting from pendant fixtures
      5m 0s
    3. Adjusting the sun for a dusk shot
      2m 23s
    4. Adjusting luminous and lit surfaces
      7m 41s
    5. Fine-tuning Photographic Exposure for dusk
      2m 54s
  5. 13m 23s
    1. Adding the Physical Sky shader and Photographic Exposure
      2m 5s
    2. Creating Sky Portals by direction of light
      3m 39s
    3. Testing the luminance and balancing the lighting
      3m 16s
    4. Adding interior-lighting accents
      4m 23s
  6. 34m 7s
    1. Creating an ambient-occlusion override material
      5m 19s
    2. Creating an ambient-occlusion rendering pass with custom materials
      7m 22s
    3. Lighting a custom specular pass for sparkle
      6m 16s
    4. Setting up custom masks for compositing flexibility
      5m 50s
    5. Fine-tuning Final Gather and lighting
      3m 36s
    6. Caching Final Gather and rendering the image passes
      5m 44s
  7. 31m 33s
    1. Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
      4m 45s
    2. Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
      4m 49s
    3. Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
      6m 59s
    4. Adding depth of field
      7m 44s
    5. Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
      3m 28s
    6. Rendering the composited images
      3m 48s
  8. 30m 28s
    1. Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
      3m 48s
    2. Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
      3m 55s
    3. Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
      7m 10s
    4. Adding depth of field
      5m 44s
    5. Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
      4m 5s
    6. Rendering the composited animation
      2m 55s
    7. Viewing the final rendered animation
      2m 51s
  9. 43s
    1. Next steps
      43s

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