✱ Q&A: Using Maxwell Grass 'Level of Detail' for Faster Renderings

Here's something thing that comes up every once in a while regarding using the Maxwell Grass extension - running out of memory. Those grass blades can take up a lot of RAM when rendering and if your surfaces that you apply the grass to are too large, the rendering can be extremely slow and sometimes even fail. 

And no one likes a failed rendering!

So here's a quick screen shot of some settings to look into when using the grass extension called Level of Detail (LOD):

Use the L.O.D. settings in the Maxwell Grass extension to control falloff of grass blades.
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Basically if you set it up correctly, the further away your scene gets from the camera POV, less grass blades are generated. You can control how this works. This is a HUGE deal when your surfaces are expansive. The image above is an extreme example because of how closely I placed the distance values together, but it illustrates how they work. Once the distance passes the Minimum value, the blades falloff to the Maximum Density and then hold beyond the Maximum distance value. This way there is no step in the amount of blades, rather you get a nice even gradient from full to partial density.

There's a bit more info about this in the Maxwell Render help documents near the bottom of the page which you can reference here.

Use this tip to speed your renderings up drastically!

This tip also comes in really handy when using my Maxwell Grass Preset Pro Pack. Check it out and take your images to the next level if you're using SketchUp, FormZ or Bonzai3d.

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✱ Introducing the Maxwell Grass Preset Pro Pack

I have some awesome news that I'm finally able to share with you. I'm launching my first product! I'm so excited to put this out into the world because it's something that has helped me time and time again.

Helped with what? I'm so glad you asked. 

We all do renderings of our architectural projects and are using some amazing modeling and rendering tools. I'm eyeball-deep in FormZ/Bonzai3d and Maxwell Render. They are some seriously fun and powerful tools that make my projects look great without a ton of effort. I decided last year to start making my own custom presets to take my renderings to the next level. Like I said, they have really made my images look great, and now I'm making them available to you!

Don't just take my word for it. You've probably seen a couple of renderings I've put up on the web lately teasing this new product. It's finally here!

So check out the new Method store where you can see everything all in one place - tons of renderings, what's included, how it works, and how it can help make you a rendering rock star!

And for the first week, I'm running a special that takes $20 off, so get it at that price while you can. 

I hope you love it as much as I do. 

…and can I just say that the bonus tutorial videos are worth more than the price alone. There's so much great stuff packed into them, you're going to learn a ton. You might consider buying the presets just to get the tutorials!

Learn more about the Maxwell Grass Preset Pro Pack

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