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How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2011 by Michele Bousquet

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4 Lighting & shadows

In the first image, the objects appear to hover above the ground, and it’s hard to tell how far apart they are from one another. Shadows ground the objects and clarify their relationship in the scene.

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LIGHTING AND 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, ...

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