Archive for Nisan 2008

There are several ways to render out an ambient occlusion (AO) pass in max with mental ray. However some AO setups require environment changes, and don’t always work with interior scenes. I will explain how to get an AO pass that always works. For those of you who don’t know what AO is, it’s a method of creating soft shadows in corners where objects meet. It adds an extra sense of reality.

Ambient Occlusion Pass for interior without windows

Create a new mental ray shader. Insert the Ambient/Reflective Occlusion map into the diffuse slot, and put a value in the max distance of the AO map.

In your render settings under the Processing tab turn on Material Override and just click and drag the AO material into the blank material slot under Material Override. Now all of your materials in your scene will use this AO material, even though they still have their own shaders applied to them. Before you render, turn off FG, GI and turn off your exposure. If you don’t do this you will get a black rendering. All of these settings will not be lost.

straight render pass before AO is added

Final composite of AO and beauty pass combined

The nice thing about this process is you don’t have to turn off or delete any lights in the scene, and you still keep all of your materials intact. When you are done rendering the AO pass just turn back on FG, GI, and your exposure…all of your settings will still remain. Also don’t forget to disable the Override Material before you go back to rendering your beauty pass.

Texture Maker Enterprise 3.0.3 | 13 MB
I’ve included the free Photoshop plugin to integrate this with PS, (I didn’t think we needed to swamp the website with a bunch of downloads for it).

Description: Texture Maker is a seamless texture generator and designer. The application contains everything needed to create seamless textures for use in 3D rendering packages, game development, web graphics, image and video editing.

It can create procedural and hand painted textures from scratch, remove visible seams from existing images, crop textures from photos by applying a perspective correction, render seamless tiles from structure sample patches and combine existing textures and height maps with realistic illumination.
Also animated textures are no problem with Texture Maker. The program is even capable of generating seamless animation loops.

Texture Maker can be extended with plugins and automates complex operations with its scripting abilities. Nearly all functions take advantage of multiple CPUs in the system.

Feature Summary:
All functions are optimized for seamless textures
More than 130 different generators, filters and deformation tools
Nearly 700 presets for quick results
Standard tools for color correction, rescaling, adding borders etc.
Can render animated textures with seamless loops
Automatic mip-mapping for zoomed-out textures
Multi-Texture Mixer
Shader for realistic illumination
Textractor tool to extract textures from photos with perspective correction
ISampler tool to create large, homogeneous, seamless textures from sample patches
Kaleidoscope tool to render symmetrical tiles
Genetic Texture Generator for quick abstract tiles
Convert grayscale textures to RGB normal maps
Landscape renderer which produces environment maps
Particle System for animated textures like weapon effects and fluids
Realtime texture preview on standard primitives and pre-rendered models
Fully scriptable and batch rendering
Programmable hotkeys for optimal workflow
Extensive help system
Support for multiprocessor systems (SMP) and hyperthreading

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Mustang GTR – 3D model | 1 MB
3Ds max (.max)

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Max9 Architectural A&D material collection
There are 80 “architectural” A&D materials in this collection.

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Note: Unzip the .mat file into your materiallibraries sub-folder (or wherever you want), then open it with the material editor.

Common plant model – max format with textures (size: 12mb)

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Model of Honda S2000 with textures, hdri and tuned vRay render.


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21minutes video lesson for 3dmax basic and advanced users.

How to create a bridge at simpleway in 3ds max and how to collapse in animation. Complete lesson for all users.


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