FLYING SAUCERS 101
INTRO STEPS: | setup | start modelling | moving around | materials | lathing | extruding | ray guns |
RENDERING PICTURES: scenes | lighting | rendering | cameras |
tips | polycount | evaluation

Exercises: Blueprint | Flying Saucer Poster | Flying Saucer Movie | Spaceship | Pumpkin


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Lighting effects are subtle, but have a HUGE impact on the final quality of your pictures. Our brains are used to seeing complex shadows in nature, and if they're missing, "something" looks artificial. A "well lit" scene can be very convincing.

Here's a look at software that calculates HOW light should behave in a 2D background, and adds it to 3D objects with appropriate lighting sources. It looks incredibly believable thanks to virtual lighting and shadow!

HOW TO CREATE SHADOWS
1. ADD a CUSTOM LIGHT
  • Start in "Quad View" mode (tap the period on your numeric keypad)
  • Use BUILD | ADD LIGHT from the dropdown menu
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  • The default is an "INFINITE" light - it can be effected by it's DIRECTION, but not it's LOCATION. That means you can AIM it, but moving it around on the screen has no effect.
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  • The new light will appear at the top of your scene - hit F to see it
  • Try to SELECT and ROTATE it so that it has a slight angle from the SIDE and FRONT
  • (Note - MOVING it will have no significance since it is an "INFINITE" light)
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2. CREATE SHADOWS
  • Double click the LIGHT
  • Choose ADVANCED, and turn on "CASTS SHADOWS".
    The light is now capable of creating shadows, but none will appear until you complete step 3 below.
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3. DISPLAY SHADOWS
  • Double click the SAUCER (or whatever object you want)
  • Toggle on CASTS and RECIEVES in the Shadow options.
    The shadows will appear when you render an image of your scenes... keep going to the next lesson!
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Anim8or-Lighting10.jpgExercise: Create and name a NEW SCENE, and build your saucer into it.
  • Use one of the digital pictures of the FRONT OF THE SCHOOL (from the HANDOUTS - IMAGES - DIGITAL PICS - SCHOOL folder) as your background.
  • Your task is to adjust the lighting to make the most CONVINCING fake photo you can, and submit it for marks.
  • HINT - Observe the angle that the sun is at in the background.
  • Submit your 800x600 jpg using the name "Lastname_SchoolSaucer.jpg"





NEXT: PHOTO TIME! Take a picture using RENDER!