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Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity


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Rendering Exteriors in 3ds Max

with Adam Crespi

Video: Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity

In After Effects, once you've got your images imported, and stacked in a composition. You can start to get their blending mode set, and really see the different layers of the image come to life. What I've done is to rename my compositions here. Renaming the day comp to house day. And house dusk is for the dusk shot. What I've also done is to right click on the menu bar in the timeline. And choose columns and modes. And this gives me my blending modes as drop downs here on the timeline. I'll set my ambient occlusion then to a multiply blending mode.
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  1. 3m 52s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      24s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 33s
  2. 43m 37s
    1. Assessing the design possibilities
      4m 3s
    2. Forming paint colors and sheen levels
      7m 15s
    3. Making brick and concrete sparkle
      4m 7s
    4. Adding subtle detail to wood and siding
      8m 50s
    5. Polishing metals
      8m 13s
    6. Adding luster to glasses
      4m 33s
    7. Converting foliage materials for mental ray
      6m 36s
  3. 25m 9s
    1. Creating the Daylight system and positioning the sun
      4m 23s
    2. Softening the sun and shadows
      4m 46s
    3. Adjusting the Photographic Exposure for stylized imagery
      5m 56s
    4. Lighting using HDR imagery in the Daylight system
      5m 48s
    5. Adding extra lights for glossy surfaces
      4m 16s
  4. 26m 30s
    1. Using the Daylight system for sunsets
      3m 18s
    2. Casting light from exterior fixtures
      8m 13s
    3. Lighting interior spaces for night
      7m 14s
    4. Adjusting luminous and lit surfaces
      4m 7s
    5. Fine-tuning the Photographic Exposure
      3m 38s
  5. 20m 35s
    1. Rendering and optimizing rendering
      4m 49s
    2. Fine-tuning Final Gather for speed
      4m 49s
    3. Pushing Global Illumination values for visual impact
      4m 47s
    4. Stylizing the bounced lighting
      6m 10s
  6. 32m 24s
    1. Creating an ambient-occlusion override material
      5m 56s
    2. Creating an ambient-occlusion rendering pass with custom materials
      8m 33s
    3. Lighting a custom specular pass for sparkle
      7m 15s
    4. Setting up custom masks for compositing flexibility
      6m 51s
    5. Rendering the image passes
      3m 49s
  7. 39m 12s
    1. Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
      3m 28s
    2. Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
      3m 13s
    3. Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
      5m 57s
    4. Adding depth of field
      6m 47s
    5. Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
      5m 1s
    6. Adding quick clouds and sky
      10m 14s
    7. Rendering the composited images
      4m 32s
  8. 31m 25s
    1. Importing the imagery and arranging the layers
      2m 49s
    2. Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity
      3m 28s
    3. Fine-tuning color using rendered masks
      5m 47s
    4. Adding depth of field
      5m 19s
    5. Putting on the final polish with glinting highlights and glow
      3m 56s
    6. Adding quick clouds and sky
      6m 9s
    7. Rendering the composited animation
      3m 15s
    8. Rendered movies
      42s
  9. 42s
    1. Next steps
      42s

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Watch the Online Video Course Rendering Exteriors in 3ds Max
3h 43m Intermediate Jul 14, 2014

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In this course, author Adam Crespi takes you through the full production pipeline for lighting, rendering, and compositing the exterior of a house in 3ds Max. First he'll show you how to create mental ray materials like wood, metal, and glass; customize the Daylight system for realistic daytime lighting; and adjust the lighting for dusk and nighttime shots with photometric lights. Then he'll render the scenes, optimizing and styling the bounced light with Global Illumination and Final Gather. Finally, Adam takes the image into post, adding the final polish required at the end of the pipeline with Nuke and After Effects.

Topics include:
  • Creating exterior materials
  • Adding luster to glass and subtle detail to wood and siding
  • Positioning the sun with the Daylight system
  • Lighting using HDR imagery
  • Lighting interior spaces
  • Fine-tuning the photographic exposure
  • Rendering and optimizing rendering
  • Creating an ambient-occlusion rendering pass with custom materials
  • Setting up additional rendering passes for compositing purposes
  • Compositing and adding post effects in Nuke and After Effects
Subjects:
3D + Animation CAD
Software:
3ds Max
Author:
Adam Crespi

Setting blending modes and adjusting opacity

In After Effects, once you've got your images imported, and stacked in a composition. You can start to get their blending mode set, and really see the different layers of the image come to life. What I've done is to rename my compositions here. Renaming the day comp to house day. And house dusk is for the dusk shot. What I've also done is to right click on the menu bar in the timeline. And choose columns and modes. And this gives me my blending modes as drop downs here on the timeline. I'll set my ambient occlusion then to a multiply blending mode.

In multiply, we multiply the over color by the under color and divide by the color space. In multiply then, it's always a darker result, except when we're multiplying by white. Multiplying by white is like multiplying by one, there's no net change. So my white ambient occlusion image. Or mostly white, will mostly disappear. Leaving just that grounding darkness in all the details. I'll switch to multiply, and you can see in here, all the window frames and other detail really pops out. Now go over to my day composition, and do the same.

Changing the ambient occlusion over to multiply. It really makes things sit down or have some gravity to them. What I'll also do is back off that opacity just a little bit. I'll press T, which brings up my opacity or transparency section, and back off the percentage, pulling it down to 75%, so there's a little less strength in the occlusion. I'll do the same in my dusk house, again, pressing T. And backing off the opacity. This allows us to fine tune things and instead of having it giant and full strength, to back it off and get a reasonable ambient occlusion that doesn't overdarken any corners.

If you've got other images you want to bring in, such as maybe a specular pass or other components, you can bring them in set their blending modes, and blend them back in the same way. This gives us an immediate feedback. And we can really see the difference here in the occlusion. I'll show it in the day image where we've got the house with the occlusion, and here it is with no occlusion. With no occlusion, things like the beams where they connect to the roof sort of float a little bit visually, and the windows go mostly solid white. I'll click on the occlusion again, and we'll really get all the details showing.

The window frames really read nicely with all their details showing and all the little steps in the profile showing. The ambient occlusion also helps ground where the facie and the soften meet, there's a little bit of a lip. There's our flashing here along the roof. And again, although it's a little bit dotted or pixellated, it's got a little bit of darkness in there, that's another shadow line we want to emphasize the building. The ambient occlusion really helps these steel beams. Grounding them not only from the flange against the web, but against the roof here.

And really even adds some darkness just surrounding the light fixtures. So they have their own little bit of gravity, and appear to be stuck to that ceiling. Finally, the occlusion really helps out in the block wall. Now realize I'm zoomed in 200%. Even at 100%, there's a little bit of darkness on the side or the webs in the block. Really, again adding some gravity, some drama to it. This is one of the biggest reasons to render out separate pieces. Just for the flexibility of saying let's layer it over. And see how we'd like to blend it to really make that look have some punch to it

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