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Life After Rendering - The Definitive Guide to Daz Studio Canvases

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Product Name: Life After Rendering - The Definitive Guide to Daz Studio Canvases
Product ID: 87880
Published Artist(s): Cgan
Created By: N/A
Release Date: 2022-10-31

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In Life After Rendering, we demonstrate how to use a little-known element of Daz Studio. Canvases.

Canvases are to digital art, what layers are to a digital illustration or picture, and the best part? You only need to render your image once and then you can change the light intensities in Post-Production, whether you're using Photoshop or GIMP, or some other photo processing app. Wait? What? Did you say, render the image a single time and THEN change the intensities?

Yep. That's the power of DS Canvases.

Everyone knows that the key to any good render is lighting, but in the digital world, like in the real world, playing with light intensities is quite possibly the most important step. The problem then is time and the power of your computer. For those that have a less-than-powerful supercomputer, Canvases are going to be your best friend.

John demonstrates that with a little forethought and a change in the typical workflow, you can create multiple different moods in a scene from a single render, and the best part… you only need to position your lights and then crank the intensities all the way up. No fiddling with the 'perfect' light intensity, or even colors for that matter! That's all handled in the post-processing procedure.

But it's not just light intensities, you can also pull focus. What do we mean by that? Well, imagine that you have three figures in your scene, all at different distances from the camera. One in the back, one in the middle, and one close to the front.

The usual method would be to choose your focal point in DS and then turn on Depth of Field, adjust and render. The problem then is that if you want a softer DOF or a different focal point, say the person in the back instead of the front as you rendered it, you have to change the DOF and render again.

However, using Canvases, there is no need for that. No need to turn DOF on at all. Huh? That's right. Don't touch that dial. Just render the scene in Canvases and you'll discover that one of the canvases is a DOF canvas… a canvas that can be used to do exactly what I just mentioned but in POST PROCESSING! No additional render required. Want to change the focal point? It's a simple click and it's done… IN SECONDS!

For anyone that wants to play around with their scene lighting and focus AFTER RENDERING, this tutorial will most definitely give your scene Life After Rendering.

We're positive that you'll easily adapt to a new method of Rendering and feeding it into your post-production workflow but don't take our word for it.

About the Presenter - John Kent

I'm a self-taught digital artist with a background in software tools and hobbyist photography. These two worlds came together when I discovered 3D composition and rendering environments – particularly Daz Studio with the Octane Render plug-in.

With these tools I can exploit light, shape, and texture to build scenes that would be almost impossible for me to stage using real-world photography, rapidly iterating from initial visual sketches to compelling photorealistic art.

I also enjoy teaching and mentoring others, so I'm glad to work with Meshology to help other artists develop and render their own digital visions.

This tutorial is professionally edited and indexed for random access and Closed Captioned in English

This tutorial includes a PDF index with time code references for the User's own notes.

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