20
Oct
09

Softness Strengths and Sliders in iClone 4.0

What’s up iCloners, today’s tip deals with some of the finer details to your scene that were previously unable to be edited. Today’s tip focuses on Softness Strengths and Sliders in iClone 4.0. But more specifically, with the Softness values of both Water and Particle Effects. Why these two areas your ask? Well, I’m sure iClone veterans out there can and will tell you that the additions of both Water and Particle Effects to iClone were ground-breaking features when they were included into the iClone toolset, however cool they were at the time, they still had minor visible flaws. These issues were unable to be modified, thus, the only way to properly deal with these hard edged eye soars was through creative camera placement. Now, whenever you access a Water or Particle Effect you will find located in the Modify Panel there will be a Slider control that will allow you to adjust the amount of Edge Softness applied to any Water or Particle Effect in the scene. For Water you will need to locate the Advanced Water Parameters portion of the Modify Panel and then find the Edge Softness Slider.  For adjusting the edges of Particle Effects you must locate the Softness Strength Slider under the Particle Setting portion of the Modify Panel. Follow the steps below or view the free training resource above to see how in iClone 4.0 using Softness Strengths and Sliders will ensure you never have “hard edge” issues again.

  • Go to the Set Tab
  • Click the Terrain button
  • Place a Terrain into the scene by Double clicking one of the Terrain templates in the Content Manager
  • NOTE: For this example I have used the Canyon Terrain Template
  • Place a Water template into the scene
  • While under the Set Tab select the Water button
  • Place Water template into the scene by Double clicking one of the Water templates in the Content Manager
  • Locate the Advanced Water Parameters portion of the Modify Panel
  • Find the Edge Softness Slider to begin making adjustments to the Waters edge
  • Click and Drag the Edge Softness Slider to a high value to create a high degree o edge softness
  • Place Particle Effect  into the scene
  • While under the Set Tab select the Paricle button
  • Place Particle Effect into the scene by Double clicking one of the Particle templates in the Content Manager
  • NOTE: For this example I use the FOG Particle Effect template
  • Locate the Particle Settings portion of the Modify Panel
  • Find the Softness Strength Slider to begin making adjustments to the Particles edge
  • Click and Drag the Softness Strength Slider to a high value to create a high degree o edge softness

Softness Strengths and Sliders in iClone 4.0 are just a couple of the new functions specifically meant to crank up the realistic qualities of a scene. The simple adjustment of a single slider can make a drastic change to the look and feel of a shot when you factor in elements such as Water and Particle Effects and how the viewer visually translates what you have developed in the scene. Making sure that all aspects of a project are taking full advantage of the customizable attibutes available to them will help to ensure that your next production will convey a sence of quality and realism. Make sure you don’t miss getting a first-hand look at the Softness Strengths and Sliders in iClone 4.0 in action in the free training resource video above, so you too can take advantage of these cool new tools. Enjoy!

Soft edges for your Particle Effects and Water bodies ow available

Soft edges for your Particle Effects and Water bodies ow available

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