Understanding basic camera exposure settings when using Maxwell Render is very important to getting the look you want and expect, especially when you are doing interior renderings.Read More
Here's a little excerpt of a much longer tutorial (that is a bonus for my Maxwell Grass Preset Pro Pack) that will teach you how to get Maxwell Materials into SketchUp. If you're new to using Maxwell Render, you'll find this step-by-step guide a huge time saver for getting ultra-realistic Maxwell materials into SketchUp.Read More
This step-by-step guide shows you how to setup and start using SketchUp for architectural modeling and presentation images. It's time to make yourself worth more and start getting into the world of 3d. There is no easier way than this!Read More
This video tutorial shows you how easy it is to put the Maxwell Grass Preset Pack into action by taking you behind the scenes of my recently published Fields of Gold image. I was able to trick some into thinking this was a photograph when in reality it's a rendering using my presets and a very simple 3d scene in FormZ. It's pretty amazing what we can do with these tools isn't it? I'm obviously loving it.Read More
One of you pointed out a glaring omission (thanks Mark) in Methodcast Quickie #11. Somehow I missed showing you how to assign a Material ID to your MXM materials. I only showed you how to assign them to materials that used the 'Translate Shaded' mode.
This tutorial should shed some light on the subject.Read More
This is a fun one. There's a free app on Apple's App Store for iPad that's an amazing piece of code called TreeSketch3. It allows you to design your own 3d trees with an unbelievable amount of control. You then get to design the look of the tree even further by selecting your favorite bark and leaves and whether it has fruit or not, among other things. You have to play with it to believe it.
I wanted to figure out how to get those files into my architectural models inside my favorite 3d modeling program, formZ. I show you how to get them in the right way, and then I show you a couple of things you should do once they're in to make them display and render correctly in your scenes.Read More
Have you struggled with what all the settings are for when applying materials in formZ and Bonzai3d? Have you figured out how to apply decals? Well I sat down and recorded this video to show you so you can get up and running very quickly.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More