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Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering by Aaron W. Powell

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Establishing a workflow

The key to constantly producing high-quality work is to establish a well-tested and efficient workflow. Everybody's workflow is different, but over the course of the next few chapters, we are going to follow this series of steps:

  1. Evaluate what the scene we are lighting will require.
  2. Plan how we want to lay out the lamps in our scene.
  3. Set lamp positions, intensities, colors, and shadows, if applicable.
  4. Add materials and textures.
  5. Tweak until we're satisfied.

Evaluating our scene

Before we even begin to approach a computer, we need to think about our scene from a conceptual perspective. This is important, because knowing everything about our scene and the story that's taking place will help us produce a more realistic result.

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