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How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2010 by Michele Bousquet

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4 Shadows

SHADOWS ADD REALISM to a rendering, but their purpose goes beyond making a scene believable. Shadows anchor stationary objects to the ground and give flying objects their height. They also give important visual cues about scale and location, object solidity, and time of day.

 

Once you determine the types of shadows you want to have in your scene, you can choose from a variety of methods to create them. Unfortunately, the best-looking shadows usually take the longest to render. In this chapter, you’ll also learn some time-saving methods for realistic shadows.

Pick your shadows

SHADOWS CAN BE sharp or fuzzy, light or dark. Regardless ...

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