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Rendering with mental ray and 3ds Max, 2nd Edition by Ted Boardman, Joep van der Steen

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6.4 Rendering effects

In this section we will look at a few effects that can make your scenes more convincing to the viewer. Following are some of the topics you’ll learn about:

•  Atmospheric effects

•  Motion blur effects

•  Depth of field effects

•  Contour rendering

•  Product rendering

As usual in 3ds Max, you’ll want to use these effects so that they enhance the viewer’s experience without being a burden on productivity (longer render times) and so that they add to the content of the message without being a cliché. Simply adding any effect because it’s possible will surely detract from the point of your message by distracting the viewer unnecessarily.

6.4.1 Atmospheric effects

Let’s look at an effect that is not specifically a mental ...

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