Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday from the Kramer family and everyone at Video Copilot!
Thank you guys for being part of this amazing community, we are beyond excited for next year since it will be the the 10 year anniversary of Video Copilot. I can’t even begin to express what that means to me, it’s so incredible!
Looking forward to an awesome New Year!
PS: I also want to thank my wife for all her love & support and apologize for using the Bank Gothic font on the holiday card!
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.
Creating particles in After Effects is awesome! We have all used Particular and Particle world but why not combine those particles with some real ones! Sometimes you need to create elements that are so complex and organic that you are better off taking out the camera and making a mess. In this example we use […]