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Old 31-05-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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been constantly adding/removing/tweaking this scene, finally calling it finished for now.....
as it's my 1st model completed this far I am quite happy with it
once I learn more about Maya will probably go back and clutter up the desk with keyboard,mouse,biometric fingerprint scanner, and NAS......
but original concept was to just get the desk modeled, which I did
everything on this desk is wood with the exception of the door's touch latches (not modeled)
gonna be fun building in real life

also attached a close up of monitor stand showing the back bracing/mount,
stand slides on from back of countertop and locks into place with the braces.

comments and crits welcomed.
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Model and wood texture looks pretty good. Only two things bother me with these renders, they seem kind of desaturated and the monitors are on but they're giving off no illumination. You could try mapping the texture to the incandescence channel or if you're using mia materials, the additional color channel. Decaying area lights in front of the screens would enhance the shadowing and lighting accuracy as well. My first finished model didn't look this good so grats on that
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thanks for the comments GecT
so I applied the texture of monitor screens to incandescent channel,
definitely brightened them up a lot, but now they also seem too bright
and as there is a texture applied I see no options to reduce the brightness as they now seem "washed out"

for the lights with the decay, I am presuming? you mean angled away from the screens to simulate the light thrown off to desk and nearby objects?
I had originally tried lights pointing to the monitors to brighten up but that didn't work...
A ton of learning in this - modeling tools, texturing,uv'ing, and mental ray rendering
more than once I felt I was on overload

will definitely come back to this in future when I have more experience/knowledge
to add bits-n-bobs into scene, and try to get a better render
the lighting tutorials really confused me and I think I spent as much time tweaking lights/render as I did in all of the modeling and uv'ing , but I definitely won't give up
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I like the wood but i'm in agreement with Gen. No illumination from the monitors lets it down a bit. Come back to it at a later date sometimes you just need a break

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Yeah you can always revisit the project some other time, it'll be like seeing someone you used to date like "Omg if I knew then what I know now". But jokes aside, you can run the texture through a ramp texture with a single color slot and plug that into the incandescence and tweak the color gain on the ramp to control the brightness. And about the lights, yes, away from the screen to throw light onto the desk and such.
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you can run the texture through a ramp texture with a single color slot and plug that into the incandescence and tweak the color gain on the ramp to control the brightness
definitely beyond my skill level ATM, added to list of things to read about and learn
good thing I don't have any hair to pull out as this caused more than enough frustrations, but a fun time anyway

thanks for the comments/suggestion David & GecT
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