✱ Methodcast Quickie #11 - Using Material IDs in bonzai3d, formZ and Maxwell Render

✱ Methodcast Quickie #11 - Using Material IDs in bonzai3d, formZ and Maxwell Render

Have you been assigning materials to your scenes, rendering, tweaking color, re-rendering, tweaking, rendering ad nauseam? I used to do this too. Well with this tutorial, it's time to stop! Learn the trick the pros use to tweak color after the rendering is already done in an image editor using a Material ID layer. I'll show you exactly how to do it in my favorite 3d tools - formZ and Maxwell Render. It works in other programs as well. 

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✱ Methodcast Quickie #10 - Setting up formZ and bonzai3d for 3d Modeling

✱ Methodcast Quickie #10 - Setting up formZ and bonzai3d for 3d Modeling

This video tutorial takes you through how I set up some helpful defaults before working in the formZ and bonzai3d modeling environment. These are things I like to do when starting fresh to make my modeling workflow more productive. Are these all of the settings I use? No, but they are a nice start. I also show why I use these settings with a few examples. I hope you find them useful too. 

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✱ Methodcast Quickie #6 - HDRI Backgrounds and Reflections in FormZ and Maxwell Render

✱ Methodcast Quickie #6 - HDRI Backgrounds and Reflections in FormZ and Maxwell Render

This Methodcast Quickie covers how to setup HDRI (otherwise known as IBL in Maxwell lingo) lights alongside Physical Sky lights for more realistic renderings that use the HDRI image for backgrounds and reflections in your building's glass. Although we use the host application of FormZ, this workflow is practically the same in other programs that Maxwell works with. 

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✱ Methodcast Quickie #5 - Cleaning Up Dirty Scans in Photoshop

✱ Methodcast Quickie #5 - Cleaning Up Dirty Scans in Photoshop

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks, but here we are. Building on top of the last Quickie that covered how to straighten skewed images in Photoshop the fast and easy way, we continue the conversation and I teach you how to clean up dirty scans that you’ve brought into the computer for presentations, your portfolio, or 3d underlays that you build models on top of.
 
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✱ Methodcast Quickie #4 - Straighten Skewed Images in Photoshop

✱ Methodcast Quickie #4 - Straighten Skewed Images in Photoshop

Whether you didn’t draw your sketch straight on the page, or maybe you’ve scanned the image into the computer at an angle - now you can stop with the trail-and-error of getting that rotation angle exactly right to straighten it out. Here’s a couple of the fastest ways I know how to straighten those slightly off-kilter scans we all get in Photoshop. Use this hidden feature and let Photoshop do all the work.
 
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✱ Methodcast Quickie #3 - Depth of Field in Maxwell Render and FormZ

✱ Methodcast Quickie #3 - Depth of Field in Maxwell Render and FormZ

This short video tutorial shows you how to setup your scenes to effortlessly achieve Maxwell's beautiful depth of field (DOF) in your renders. I take you through the settings that control DOF and take you through a few examples of how to get the look you want in an easy-to-understand way. Everything I cover here should translate into any host application that Maxwell runs in.

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