One of the really great features in Vectorworks 2011 is the ability to really render with fog. Sure, that feature has been included for a long time, but generally in the past, fog caused lengthy render times. With the inclusion of the Cinema 4D Rendering Engine, Vectorworks 2011 means fog is a readily accessible effect. We’ve been using fog a lot and skipping the time consuming PhotoShop retouching step of the presentation process.
The image at left is the Concept Art for the set design and lighting design of an unproduced Samsung event. We’re choosing not to post a number of other images (yet) as those projects are in progress or the client has not yet had the opportunity to reveal their sets. The Samsung image was rendering in about five minutes, even with all of the chairs. That is until we added the Rosco Prismatic filters to some of the lights. They helped make the image pretty, but sure slowed down the rendering. By slow, I mean more like twenty minutes.
Every set designer has always needed a library of ‘stuff.’ This is one of those truisms that predates computers and CAD, but those libraries are much more accessible and adaptable now. Our library includes a number of products from our friends at Rosebrand. The Samsung image features Rosebrand three-dimensional stars which, along with splats and such we have created as Vectorworks symbols, so we can readily access these resources for use in many different types of projects. Similarly, this rendering shows part of our Rosebrand fabric textures; silver lamé and velour.
We just couldn’t work in the Austrian Drape or the Star Drop. Well, not into this one…