Join Adam Crespi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of 3ds Max: Rendering Exteriors.
If you are a premium member of lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. In the exercise files folder, there's a folder for compositing, finished images, and modern house. The modern house folder is a 3ds Max project, with all the default directories and path configurations. In the Scene Assets, Images, folder. You'll find all the textures used in the different scenes. The Scenes folder contains sub-folders for each chapter, and in there are the 3ds Max scenes you'll need for each exercise.
In the Compositing folder, you'll find Chapter Six Nuke, and Chapter Seven After Effects. In each of the compositing chapters, there's a folder for images. And this contains the source images you'll be using in these exercises. I've included the starting Nuke scripts for each exercise as well, and these reference those images. In the After Effects folder, you'll find the After Effects projects for starting each exercise, as well as an images folder containing the source images used. The Finished Images folder contains finished images from both Nuke and After Effects for the day and dusk shots you'll be creating.
In 3ds Max, make sure you set your project before you open the scene, so that 3ds Max can find all of the textures and load them correctly. To do this, click on the Application icon and choose Manage and Set Project Folder. Browse over in the Exercise Files to the Modern House folder, and click OK. Then you can open the scene by pressing Ctrl+O, or clicking on the File Open icon. In Nuke, when you open the Nuke script for that exercise, you may need to browse the Read nodes to find their images again.
To do this, double-click on a Read node and browse in the file section over to the exercise files, Chapter 6 Nuke Images folder. In Adobe After Effects, once you find one file in the project settings, After Effects should find the rest of your footage. When you open up the After Effects project, if it's showing as missing footage, pick the footage, right-click, and replace it, choosing a file. Browse into the Images file in the Chapter Seven After Effects directory and After Effects will update all the images correctly.
If you are a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Now let's get started with exterior rendering in Autodesk 3ds Max.
- 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