Clean Lighting with Element 3D V2

Here are a few experiments created in Element 3D V2 with simple lighting and Ambient Occlusion. In these examples I’m using the Ray Traced AO which is a bit slower but creates very nice results.

The other important setting I like to use is called “Lighting Influence” under the Physical Environment. This setting helps blend the shadow darkness with the environment (IBL), to create a nice Global Illumination look. You can also tint the Environment color to change the overall look and mood.

Some other Tips I Use:

  • Use one or two lights (too many lights can look busy)
  • Turn roughness of material down so that it has a matte white surface
  • For Ray Trace AO, turn the spread down to .85 to create more contrast
  • Turn down the adaptive blur blending to make AO tighter. (Blur Blend)
  • Switch between preview mode and final render to speed up Ray Trace performance while you work.

But then again, maybe I’m just trying to promote some of the awesome models inside the Motion Design 2 model pack!

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4 days ago
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3D Noise in Element 3D V2!

One of my favorite new features in Element 3D V2 is the new 3D Noise options and deformation!

Here are a few experiments where I use various bends and twists along with 3D distortion to stretch a sphere around. I don’t know what these things are but I feel like eating ice cream and licorice now!

Check Out Element 3D V2 and see what’s possible!

 

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2 weeks ago
Element 3D V2 Update 2.0.2

Element 3D V2 just came out this week and we’ve already been working with customers to make the plug-in better with this latest patch! Big Shout out to our development team for the fast turnaround!

Check out Element 3D V2:
Visit Online Store!

Customers who have purchased V2:
Login and download V2.0.2 Patch!

PATCH DETAILS:

  • Mac firePro GPU Support
  • Fixed UI preview.
  • Fixed Error on Scene Setup
  • Fixed incorrect texture sizes on retina Macs.
  • Fixed incorrect Aux channel position on sub meshes.
  • Fixed Scene Setup on Windows 7 without SP1.
  • Fixed wrong VRAM display on Mac.
  • Fixed crash on comp with over 8 lights.
  • Fixed texture size warning
  • Fixed Model Search on Mac

In version 2, we’ve added a ton of new features, like Shadows and dynamic reflection maps and even deform options! I’m working on several tutorials for next week now that I finally got a full night sleep! Until then you can check our E3D V2 help files to guide you on your way!

Customer Support:
As always, if you have any support questions please contact us so we can help you! We’re dedicated to making the plug-in work for you!
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2 weeks ago
Element 3D V2 Now Available! *Updated

Element 3D V2 is Now Available!
We’ve been working on this plug-in for almost 2 years and we’re excited to release it! I’ve had to keep quiet for so long and now I can’t wait to show you what is possible!

Top Features:

  • Shadows and Improved Ambient Occlusion
  • Dynamic Reflection Maps
  • 3D Noise and Deform tools: Bend, Twist and Taper
  • Aux Animations for controlling animation inside of AE
  • Per-Material Transfer Modes
  • Per-Material Wireframe
  • Sub Surface Scattering Materials
  • New Bevel tool for beveling edges
  • Brand new Interface with dozens of improvements
  • And many more!

Check it out Now!

NOTE: Be sure to update your graphics card drivers for best performance!

V2.01 UPDATE: FirePro GPUs on mac are now fully compatible, please re-download!
We found a few bugs after launch and fixed them!

  • Fixed error when OpenGL device was not OpenCL compatible.
  • Fixed error when using model search on Mac.
  • Fixed error when using group folders as 3D replicators.
  • Fixed rendering errors with FirePro cards.
  • Fixed error when opening Scene Setup on Mac

 

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2 weeks ago
The Day Before Element 3D V2! (Now Available!)

It’s been one incredible ride but on Tuesday Dec 2nd, we will be releasing Element 3D V2 but first check out some features we’ve been holding back! There is also a brief demonstration of each new 3D pack at the end of the video!

Element 3D is Now Available

If you can’t wait to watch the video… check out some of the new features!


 

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