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...in the forest... by KaanaMoonshadow ...in the forest... by KaanaMoonshadow
Kaana is trying out new tools again! :w00t:

This is my first render with Carrara 8 Pro, and although I can take no credit for this lovely forest setting whatsoever since it is a preset that I only tweaked a bit to my liking, I'm completely blown away by the possibilities this program seems to offer. :wow:

Everyone working in 3D knows how hard it is to get trees and lighting right, so this looks like a really promising software - and unlike Vue, I can even use the interface... which is a clear bonus. :laughing:

It will take some time to get used to it for sure, but my art bunnies are already running amok - expect some nice landscape fantasy artworks from me soon. ;)

But did any of you work with Carrara before? What are your experiences with the program? And do you maybe know some nice sites with tutorials and stuff?


:blackrose: Tools of the Trade: Carrara 8 Pro, minor postwork in CS3
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EspioArtwork31 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Happy Hunger Games
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing:
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ElxMa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice work!!!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I used Carrara back when it was "Ray Dream Studio" still... Great program! This render is a perfect example of how the proper tools can make things work well, and I hope to see more from you too!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I really like Carrara for its diversity and great lighting opportunities, and I'm looking forward to see how it will develop in the future! ;)
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Urceola Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi. I just bought Carrara 8 Pro but haven't learned to use it yet. If I learn to do any cool things, I'll let you know. If (when!) you do, I'd love to have your tutorials.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm trying to render a similar scene in Vue and it's taken 12 hours to do like - 2% :rage: it's not even this relaistic either since even the Vue tree's don't live up to the ones here. Enviable models :D
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
These models are great indeed, but they are real engine killers. ;)

I guess that's the prize one has to pay for the good looks - a high polygon rate that will kill your RAM for sure, especially with advanced lighting. Thank the Carrara Gods for Fake GI, or I couldn't even use these models. :giggle:

And it's interesting how hard it is to find realistic-looking trees, isn't it? If you're still looking for good tree objects, did you ever try Turbosquid [link] ? Some of the models there are really great, especially the plants. :nod:
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, everything there costs a fortune :shocked: It's a good thing I know how to model my own trees. I just settle for modifying Vue ones since it's faster :XD:
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean, believe me. ;)

But when you browse the site a bit, you can find some very cool models that are quite cheep or even for free! :nod:
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Blimey! That DOES look amazing!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It does, doesn't it? Carrara is truly a great tool, and can handle so many things much better and more efficiently than Poser ever could. I can only highly recommend it! ;)
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Hehe, I've been a convert since version 4, m'dear! ;) I prefer Vue for outdoor lighting, but Carrara's indoor lights give some truly great effects. Plus it's the simplest modelling tool I have ever come across. Hurrah for WYSIWIG interfaces! :boogie:
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: Sorry, I didn't want to start preaching - I'm just so very happy and excited about my new tool, so I cannot stop talking about how good it is. ;)

And you're right, for "Trial & Error" people like me Carrara is awesome because almost every button is actually doing what I think it does. :laughing: Vue always confused me to no end. :shrug:
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nmastudios Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was a photograph, wow I gotta get Carrara 8 pro !!!! does it play nice with already created scenes in daz studio or poser?
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It does indeed! :nod:

I created some new landscape scenes with it so far, and the realism is great. As for already existing scenes, I had no problem loading existing Poser scenes with Carrara. You sometimes can get a problem with extreme poses for figures like V4 when you don't load them via Carrara directly, but since you can access your Poser runtime without any problem at all, that problem can be easily solved when it occurs. ;)
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tonare Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that looks real!

Very nice work...and with Carrara!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you - I was surprised myself by the level of realism that could be achieved with Carrara. I'm currently working on a Fantasy mountain scenic view, and the lighting and surface shader options are impressive! :w00t:
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tonare Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome...well be sure and post it up the group so we can see it. :D
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, but if you're referring to the 3DModelling group, I'm not certain that Carrara works would be welcome there since I did not model every single tree from scratch. ;)
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tonare Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
in xzb1t

I think I invited you?

[link]

If not, hit invite and i'll get you in there. ;)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:ohmygod: Of course you did, and I even accepted - how could I forget? Thanks so much for reminding me, I'll definitely think about it! :hug:
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tonare Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehe ;)
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Art-By-Mel-DA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I am definitely ass backwards. My comfort level with Vue grows each time I use it, and I never even open Carrara now. I never bothered updating my Carrrara, but I did with Vue. I find Vue easier to use. Yes, I'm most assuredly ass backwards, lol!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: No, I don't think so - it's probably me who's weird because I couldn't get used to the Vue menues. ;)

But I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying your work with Vue. I have a similar experience with Carrara now, that my comfort and confidence level grows with each art project, and I guess that's the best thing that can happen to you when you're learning a new software.

Loved your latest deviation with the dead knight, BTW - great idea, and really well done! :hug:
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Linuscat07 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Ah, Miss Moonshadow the innovator. I would have bet my paycheck that was a photograph. I love outdoor fantasy scenes of all kinds. I'll be looking forward to see what you do with this. What would it look like if you added snow to the picture?
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Much more winterly? :giggle:

Sorry, I'm jesting - I guess this forest would make for a great snowy scene, and one day I'll know how to change the shaders appropriately. ;)

I'm a huge fan of outdoor fantasy scenes, too, so I'm definitely going to explore that potential in the future! :nod:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
3D!? Sublim! :omfg:
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Wonderful work! This is the type of environment I prefer the most (in real life). Ich bin am liebsten in die Bergen und im Wald!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oho, man spricht deutsch? :D

Thank you for your comment - I love being in the forests and mountains, too, so I had to try this setting first. ;)
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
You're welcome! Ja, ich bin in Deutschland geboren, Vater war Militaer, Mutter ist Deutsch. Wir wohnten eigentlich fuer eine laengere Zeit dort, als ich noch ein Kind ware.
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: Tatsächlich? Wo denn?

Und du sprichst wirklich gut deutsch, Respekt! ;)
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Vielen Dank! Frankfurt am Main ist mein Geburtsstadt. Moechte ich jetzt dort wohnen? Nein, danke! LOL
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D Du hast Recht - da gibt es deutlich schönere Städte! ;)

Kommt ihr denn ab und an nochmal her, um Verwandte zu besuchen?
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Leider nicht mehr so wie frueher. Ich koennte es einmal wegen den Arbeit, aber diese Moeglichkeiten gibt es auch nicht mehr so. Frueh im Jahr hatten wir Besuch; es war das erste Mal in fast 9 Jahren wo ich Tante und Kusine gesehen habe.
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, that is so gorgeous! I thought it was a photograph! :wow: I love all the green. :heart:
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Carrara can really do stunning 3D works - I've still much to learn, but the potential is stunning! :w00t:
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KnowYouAre Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice i like it! I have version 7 of the program, but i mainly use Vue 8.5!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
A fellow Carrara user! :glomp:

Okay, of course you're a Vue user, but still - it's good to know someone who knows the program. ;) What were your experiences with Carrara? Do you intend to upgrade it to version 8 one day?

I'm now thinking about upgrading my PC to 64bit, because I get the feeling I'll be in desperate need of more RAM soon... :laughing:

And on a completely different matter - does Vueport accept artworks from other landscaping tools as well, or only Vue work? :plotting:
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markhossack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely looking render! I honestly thought it was a photo at first as well! :)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Isn't it stunning? I was blown away by the realism as well, and it's egging me on to improve my skills with Carrara to create such scenes of my own one day... keep your fingers crossed! :D
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markhossack Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love Carrara's render engine. The results can be amazing.

Looking forward to seeing more of your renders with it! :)
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xRockinWolfx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
This is gorgeous. I love it. =)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - I think it's a great preset, and I can only hope that my own works will life up to it one day! ;)
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xRockinWolfx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
I think it already has. =)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:tighthug: You're so sweet!
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xRockinWolfx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
lol That's what I'm here for. =)
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Anglu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Das ist gerendert?? Ohne Scheiß?? Echt mal, ich hätte das jetzt für ein Foto gehalten!


Ich habseit einiger Zeit Carrara 3D Express irgendwo rumliegen, komm aber nicht so recht klar damit. Hab's ewig nicht mehr benutzt. Vielleicht sollt' ich mal wieder...
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