Corona renderer is a damn good, fast and free (for now) alternative!

Corona renderer test scene

Recently I stumbled upon Corona renderer and I made a test scene just for the purpose of trying it using the Blender exporter plugin and the standalone version of the renderer. I have to say, and you can see it from the picture above, that I’m really impressed by the easy way of managing materials, the great light effects and the incredible speed of this piece of software. The image you see took almost twenty minutes for this level of sharpness, but after six, seven minutes it was already very well shaped and a lot cleaner than anything you can achieve with Cycles in the same amount of time.

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Create custom environment maps with Photosynth, SynthExport and Image Composite Editor

It’s time for a quick tutorial! Today I want to show you how to create custom environment maps you can use for your 3d scenes, just using your smartphone and the Photosynth app! Than we will see how to obtain many other hdrs from the Photosynth website just using a couple of free softwares. Let’s get started!

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Eclisse by Vico Magistretti


Eclisse by Vico Magistretti for Artemide

I love to model design pieces from the masters of interior and product design. This time I continued learning more and more about Blender compositor with these two shots of the Eclisse table lamp by Vico Magistretti (Artemide, 1967). The first one is a classic photo studio shot, while the second one is a blue-hour shot with the two lamps switched on.