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In Topic: Hackintosh, PC, or stick w/ Mac?

03 September 2015 - 06:39 PM


So far, Windows 10 is probably my favourite OS of all time. Rock-solid stable, keeps everything you need at your fingertips. I work faster in it than anything that's come before. I find going back to OSX on occasion really, really frustrating.



This is the first time I've ever heard this. I dual boot Yosemite and 8.1, and hopping over to 8.1 is maddening only for all the little things. No column view, really strange selection behavior (strange to me at least), 5 different versions of a save/open dialogue, and many other things. But you're saying that with 10, you feel right at home? Obviously this is not turning into a windows vs os x debate, I really am interested in the windows 10 experience.

In Topic: A conversation about Look Development

24 August 2015 - 08:12 PM

A little off topic, but I am finding these very useful. A series about concept art/digital painting. Goes into some cool painting/composition theory as well as how to execute. In case anyone else out there is interested.



In Topic: Alpha depth via Plain deformer?

19 August 2015 - 10:25 PM

The example you're showing might be from a particle generator and not a bunch of clones. I'm no scientist, but since all the spheres are emitting from the center, and the splines connecting them all go back to the center, that'd be my guess.  I'd set up an emitter, emit a burst of particles, then let your tracer/sweep nurb go to work. Set the focus distance of the camera to the particle emitter and play around with the front and back blur (or set up a physical camera with the physical renderer) and I suspect you might be pretty close.

In Topic: Neon sign

18 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

I just don't understand how the object buffer works and how he managed to use that in AE. 



Look for a tutorial on track mattes or alpha / luma mattes. Thats all an object buffer is. There are tons of tuts out there.


If you're going to be adding glows and such, it's helpful to pre comp the rgba/beautypass with the luma matte, and do you're track matte in there. Then put the glow on the pre comp. That way the luma matte won't also be cutting off all your cool glow-y stuff.



Theres also this. 




It might help you get around the GI flicker and get you closer to the look you're going for without track mattes/object buffers

In Topic: A conversation about Look Development

18 August 2015 - 09:33 PM

If it's that simple, just "make it look dope" alright, but I'm hoping that some of you bad asses out there have some kind of underlying methodology or system of thought that helps you in the process. I'm also hoping your willing to share not only that methodology, but how you execute it as well. I guess part theory and part photoshop tutorial. 


Let's breathe some life back into this place.


I guess I could have clarified a bit more (seems to be a theme developing here). The thought process part is way more interesting to me than which buttons to push. Its wild to see the different ways that people think about problems, and the connections they make to solve those problems. That "Why did I think of that moment!?" is wonderful and terrible all at once. Thats what I'm after, and what I think is really valuable. If they wanted to toss in how they made it look dope, that would just be icing on the cake, not the main course.


I posted the board I did for 2 reasons. 1) to try and keep this thread alive, in the hopes that someone would see if and want to throw in their own ideas (mission accomplished) and 2) for that "connections people make to solve problems" angle. While yes, I was given a heap of poo, and I returned a slightly more molded heap of poo, I figured there might be value in seeing one person make a connection between two ideas that another might not have made. Or maybe everyone immediately thought of old boxing posters. Either way.