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

Create a convincing "Composite" image using assets you've created, and edited using Photoshop
SPECIFICALLY - Create a digital photo of YOU with your Anim8or Flying Saucer model appearing at life size
    Take a good quality background digital photo
  2. ANIM8OR:
    Arrange a scene in Anim8or that matches the lighting and angle
    Composite the two images in Photoshop

  • Sunny days or places with bright lights work best - shadows help sell the illusion
  • Face the camera - it's as much about YOU showing off your saucer
  • Be sure to FILL THE FRAME with the saucer - it should occupy 2/3 the width of the entire image
  • Stand in FRONT of your saucer, or have some other part of the image in front to provide a "depth cue"

  1. TAKE THE BACKGROUND PICTURE - be sure your camera is set to it's LARGEST resolution (>3400x2200) for poster printing!
    1. Scout around the school and choose your best location. Compose a shot that will clearly include YOU in the pic. Use a partner to frame and take the pic
    2. Compose the shot to provide appropriate depth cues - A surface to receive shadows, foreground objects, reflections, an obvious light source
    3. Crop/compose the photo to exactly 3400px x 2200px in Photoshop

    1. Build your Saucer into a new scene
    2. Go to SETTINGS and set the ENVIRONMENT background picture as the IMAGE you took for the background - you can see it when in the CAMERA view
    3. Go to SETTINGS and set the MOVIE IMAGE dimensions to match your background image (set a custom Aspect Ratio of 17 x 11, and enter 3400 for the width at the top (The height should adjust automatically to 2200)
    4. Build your Saucer and an INFINITE LIGHT into your scene
    5. Move the Saucer and Lighting to match well with your background image
    1. Make sure you're in the CAMERA VIEW [1] and use the RENDER dropdown command
    2. Set the image WIDTH and HEIGHT to precisely match your background photo's size (3400x2200)
    3. Be sure you've selected a JPG format, ANTIALIASED is on and you've designated a proper filename and location, then click OK to save the image
    1. Load your original BACKGROUND and rendered SAUCER images into two layers of Photoshop Elements
    2. Properly select the logical elements that should be given their own layers and use CTRL-J to separate them from the main images. HINT the Saucer and any people standing in front of it should be copied to their own layers.
    3. Defringe the appropriate elements - build layers for shadows and reflections, and use YOUR skills with photoshop to compose a convincing CGI saucer scene with YOU in it!

  1. Open your Saucer Photo PSD and use FILE > DUPLICATE and toggle FLATTEN LAYERS IN NEW FILE to create a "flat" duplicate of your image
  2. "Save for web" using a "Very High" setting and save it to your MY DOCUMENTS. Drag that file to the appropriate HANDINS folder for submission.

Here are two demos of the ENTIRE process

Method 1: Simple Shadows

Method 2: More accurate shadows and transparencies



Level4 - Exemplary
Level3 - Competent
Level2 - Passable
Level1 - Poor
The shot is especially well composed, clearly demonstrates BLT & F, the student, and cleverly includes elements to provide depth cues
The shot is well composed, clearly demonstrates BLT & F, the student, and includes sufficient elements to provide depth cues
The shot is sufficiently composed to complete the project, but would benefit from greater care and BLT & F skill
The shot is poorly composed, and demonstrates little skill
Anim8or Scene
The model's angle, lighting, shadows and framing matches the background photo exceptionally well. The scene has been set up in a particularly skillful way
The model's angle, lighting and framing generally match the background photo well enough to sell the illustion
The model's angle, lighting and framing has been set up to provide a fair match for the background photo
Little effort of skill is evident in the setup of the scene to make it match the backgroung photo
The Saucer has been very convincingly blended in, with particularly effective photoshop depth cues like reflections and shadows to sell the illusion
The Saucer has been blended in cleanly, with appropriate depth cues and shadows to sell the illusion
The Saucer has been blended in, with only few flaws that might betray the illusion. Greater care or skill would yield a more convincing product.
The Saucer has been blended in poorly; compromises with the fringe or depth cues yield an unconvincing illusion
Technical Quality
The image resolutions and aspect ratios of both the source files, and the final output are sized correctly. The overall result appears like a professionally composed poster.
The image is sized appropriately with sufficient quality to be printed at poster size
The image has a few flaws, including resolution and aspect ratio issues that may compromise it's eligability to be printed at poster size
The image has considerable flaws that compromise it's eligability to be printed at poster size