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Creating Product Shots in 3ds Max
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Creating a metal material


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Creating Product Shots in 3ds Max

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Mental Ray and Archon Design excel at things like shiny I don't want to delete these nodes, because I might want to get at Double click on that to load it into the parameters window.
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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 49s
  2. 32m 32s
    1. Setting the Customize UI and Defaults Switcher
      1m 43s
    2. Choosing units and grid options
      1m 13s
    3. Importing a CAD file
      5m 12s
    4. Managing the scene hierarchy
      7m 46s
    5. Managing display layers
      3m 52s
    6. Working with Body objects
      2m 53s
    7. Modeling an environment sphere
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a camera
      2m 44s
    9. Framing the shot
      2m 52s
  3. 16m 46s
    1. Creating mental ray area spot lights
      4m 31s
    2. Creating photometric spot lights
      5m 9s
    3. Setting exposure for studio lighting
      3m 9s
    4. Controlling Final Gather
      3m 57s
  4. 1h 1m
    1. Creating Arch & Design materials
      7m 26s
    2. Creating an environment material
      6m 14s
    3. Enabling self-illumination
      5m 33s
    4. Applying procedural textures
      7m 20s
    5. Working with reflectivity
      7m 10s
    6. Creating a metal material
      4m 33s
    7. Adjusting highlights
      5m 4s
    8. Varying highlights with a bump map
      6m 43s
    9. Working with transparency
      4m 44s
    10. Adding ambient-occlusion nodes
      6m 40s
  5. 37m 47s
    1. Understanding image-based lighting
      2m 42s
    2. Creating a skylight
      2m 10s
    3. Adding a spherical environment map
      2m 51s
    4. Controlling bitmap coordinates
      4m 5s
    5. Setting exposure for image-based lighting
      7m 36s
    6. Adjusting materials
      5m 38s
    7. Modeling environment geometry
      5m 42s
    8. Self-illuminated image-based lighting
      7m 3s
  6. 50m 6s
    1. Controlling mental ray Sampling Quality
      5m 18s
    2. Rendering to the high-dynamic-range EXR format
      5m 52s
    3. Defining After Effects color settings
      4m 0s
    4. Adjusting the image
      10m 4s
    5. Setting up render elements
      7m 51s
    6. Creating ambient-occlusion materials
      6m 9s
    7. Layering specularity and reflections
      3m 47s
    8. Adding all render-element layers
      7m 5s
  7. 49s
    1. Goodbye
      49s

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Creating Product Shots in 3ds Max
3h 25m Intermediate May 15, 2014

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Creating virtual product shots reduces the need for photography. But those shots need to be accurately shaded, lighted, and rendered to seem realistic. 3ds Max can help. It's a powerful application for design visualization. In this course, you'll learn to shade, light, and render a product shot in 3ds Max. Aaron F. Ross leads you through the entire production workflow, starting with a prebuilt CAD model. Once the model is imported and the scene is organized for 3ds Max, Aaron shows how to create Arch & Design materials, construct several different lighting setups, render in mental ray, and color correct in Adobe After Effects. Explore the power of 3ds Max to present your product renderings in their best light.

Want to learn how to create the same effect with Maya? Check out Creating Product Shots in Maya.

Topics include:
  • Importing solid models as 3ds Max body objects
  • Working with the scene layout, hierarchy, and display layers
  • Building Arch & Design materials
  • Creating area and photometric lights
  • Setting exposure control
  • Optimizing indirect illumination with Final Gather
  • Image-based lighting with high dynamic range files
  • Lighting with self-illuminated geometry
  • Rendering to high dynamic range
  • Saving render passes with Render Elements
  • Adding ambient occlusion
  • Layering and color correction in After Effects
Subjects:
3D + Animation Modeling Rendering Product Design CAD
Software:
3ds Max
Author:
Aaron F. Ross

Creating a metal material

Mental Ray and Archon Design excel at things like shiny metal surfaces, and in this movie we'll create a metal material. Open up the material editor, and we'll need to get back to the material map browser, so we'll need to reopen that from the Tools menu here. I don't want to delete these nodes, because I might want to get at them later, so I'm just going to move this off so it's not visible. And then drag a new Archon Design material into the view. Double click on that to load it into the parameters window. And then rename it Watch Body.

We'll need to assign it to all the appropriate objects. The easiest way to do that is through the layers. Click on manage layers. Select hands and markers, hold down control and also click on Watch Body. And then click to select the highlighted objects in the viewport. With all those selected now, and with the Watch Body material node selected, click on assign material to selection. And now that's applied to all the objects. We can see that now. We've got this gray color here. Okay, lets start working on the parameters. The first thing we want to do is choose a template and the best choice for us here is the satin metal template that will give us good starting values.

The main things we want to play with here are the diffuse and reflection. With a metal material because it's very highly polished, there's not very much of a diffuse component. And you'll see the diffuse level is only 0.3 here. That means at any color you choose over here is going to get dimmed down. And that's a good thing we want that. Let's choose a color, click on that, and we want a, an orange color. Going to make it a pretty saturated color. I'm going to make this no blue and then a green of about 0.5 or so. And then full red.

Next we come to reflection. Well, there's an interesting switch here called Metal Material. And what that does, is it causes the reflection color to interact with the diffused color in a way that's not immediately intuitive. If you want to have more sort of standard control over the highlights as a separate color then I recommend disabling Metal Material. And now we can just assign a color here and it'll come out in a way that's a bit more expected. And I can make a copy of this. Just click and drag and drag that over.

Click copy. And go into the color selector for the reflection color and just bring the saturation down to something like 0.9 or a little bit less. The reflectivity amount here is 0.8. We want to increase that up to its maximum of one because we want very strong highlights. And now let's look at the glossiness parameter. That's easiest to see if we're looking at a preview. We want to right click on the material node and choose Open Preview Window. Here we're seeing glossiness of 0.4, and we get a highlight that's kind of spread out.

As we increase the glossiness the highlights will become sharper and more focused. We want a glossiness of one here, which is the maximum, and now, we're getting very strong highlights there. The final thing we really want to do here is to stretch those highlights out a little bit more and that's done through the anisotropy. And they're stretched now but we can make it even more extreme by setting the anisotropy amount to 0.01. And now we're getting very long, thin highlights. Cool. Now the BRDF settings down here are actually set just fine right now.

We don't need to change them. Zero degree reflection is at 0.9 so that means we'll get a little bit less than 100% reflection where the service is pointed toward the camera. And then 90 degree reflection is set to one which means we will get fully strong reflections on the edges. Cool. Let's do a test render, see what that looks like. Our test render has finished, and although our material parameters are good, we're not getting exactly the look that we want on the screen here. It's looking a bit flat. And the highlights are not contrasty enough.

And it turns out that this is not an issue with the material at all, it has to do more with the lighting. And in the next movie we will fix that up, we'll change the lighting slightly so that we'll get better contrast on those highlights.

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