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[Tutorial] Creating Dust And Atmosphere in Iray

[Tutorial] Creating Dust And Atmosphere in Iray

A video version is here. I learned this method from jag11 on the DAZ3D forums, who is thanked for permission to use it in this tutorial! In 3Delight there's no way to create atmosphere or godrays (the rays that are visible when light passes through dust or particles).  There are products to facilitate (one of them mine), but most are either not the easiest to use or ultimately just a faking of a feature the engine lacks.  Many artists use postwork instead. DAZ Studio 4.8 Beta's new Iray engine also lacks a native mechanism for creating atmospheric volumes - but it can be easily convinced to produce them!  They will come from your lights an

Mind-Blowing Mesh Light Tip For Iray!

Mind-Blowing Mesh Light Tip For Iray!

Dimension Theory is an expert on all things light and HDRI-related, and I use his products regularly.  The other day he said something extremely useful on the forum: You can actually use mesh lights without them being visible in your scene.  Set the cutout opacity to .001, then set the mesh light settings as normal.  They will not appear in the scene or in reflections. This is life-changing info for me, because I use mesh lights a lot; they really look the best on human skin in most circumstances so I consider them mandatory in most scenes.  I can confirm that this works because I've tested it this weekend. Test it yourself, use it, pass i
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ovologHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the Watch!
Thank you for the Watch and the Favorite.
cyNickalCynHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Bear! Why don't you upload anything? :(
2FatbearProfessional Traditional Artist
Laziness!! (:

Just did it (before reading your comment (: )

Uploaded all my work worth seeing


(There is a Reality group or something here?)
cyNickalCynHobbyist Digital Artist
No worries :)
Luxrenders is tht only place for reality/luxrender only artwork at this time... i think :s
ConlaodhProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the recent fave! :)