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Infinite Skills' Carrara Realism - Rendering Tutorial Explores Gamma Correction vs. Linear Workflow; Customization Techniques for Improving Render Quality(July 28, 2014)
(PRWEB) July 28, 2014
Software training firm Infinite Skills Inc. this week released its Carrara - Realism Rendering Tutorial, a specialized course designed for experienced Carrara users that explores tools and techniques for maximizing rendering quality and realism in the modeling program for 3D artists.
Carrara is a general purpose 3D modeling, figure posing, and landscape design application, with capabilities for both rigid and soft-body dynamics. Carrara 8.5 now supports both its traditional Poser figure and the DAZ 3D Genesis model, providing even more tools and organizational features to its already feature-rich toolset.
Infinite Skills' Realism in Carrara Tutorial offers a concise and in-depth exploration of advanced lighting techniques in Carrara, allowing users to customize lighting effects to significantly increase realism and overall render quality.
Course author Phil Wilkes has worked professionally in computer arts for more than 25 years. After learning his first gaming platform, he quickly produced two games for commercial release. He then moved over to 3D, where he has numerous publications to his credit, including an animated movie that was distributed as an insert with a popular magazine. He has also written and trained extensively within the 3D modeling community.
Here, Wilkes begins by explaining the relationship between gamma correction and linear brightness, noting that there is often a redundancy in the amount of gamma correction applied to an image, and how it can be corrected by manually applying linear settings.
WIlkes then guides users through an exploration of the "de-gamma" process, beginning with establishing well-tested guidelines for ensuring maximum rendering quality.
The course then explores a variety of modeling situations that use different degrees and kinds of lighting, starting with the staging and lighting of a model vehicle, as Wilkes demonstrates how to apply these custom settings to optimize the final render.
Other examples include an exterior lighting scene, exploring depth of field and camera bloom features, an interior lighting scene with both artificial and natural lighting, and a human portrait, taking into account the realism of skin tone, hair color and texture, and more.
"I noticed that if I compared my results to those of other high-level 3D packages, there was something missing regarding realism," Wilkes explains.
"I discovered the use of gamma correction and linear workflow, and found that, though there was some mention of those techniques for other programs, the internet had virtually nothing about gamma correction in Carrara."
"By experimenting with these settings, I have been able to produce a significant difference in the quality of my own images, and by following simple steps, you'll be able to see a real difference in the quality and realism of your renders, and so will your audience and clientele."
Free demo videos and a full list of course contents can be found on the Carrara - Realism Rendering training page of the Infinite Skills website:
Infinite Skills offers its Carrara - Realism Rendering Tutorial either as a DVD or a direct download from the company website at a retail price of $49.95, or as part of its subscription streaming service available at a rate of $25 per month. Though the compatibility of programs varies, all Infinite Skills titles and formats work on both Mac and Windows operating systems, and shipping is available around the globe. Additionally, Infinite Skills tutorials are supported by project files which correspond to examples in the videos.
About Infinite Skills Inc.
A leader in the field of software training, Infinite Skills designs its courses on a task-oriented model, teaching complex skills by providing hands-on examples and guiding users as they carry out essential functions. Infinite Skills offers a wide range of software titles available as DVDs, digital downloads, and in iPad editions. Infinite Skills now offers a subscription service, providing access to all its training content for a monthly fee, keeping with company's aim of delivering professional training to customers anywhere they want to learn.
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