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Rendering Your Model

To produce quick renders of your model for an object database or for a progress portfolio, first we need to set up the environment.

At the top of the screen, select Rendering then Environments and Effects from the drop-down menu, or alternatively press “8” for the shortcut.

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FIG 2.20

For this type of quick render, I usually set the Global Lighting Ambient to around 150, the Tint to approximately 200, with the intensity at 0.5, and the background color set to something neutral or close to white (around 230). In this case, as I’ll be using the render just to put in a progress portfolio, I’ll be using 230 for the background. It will help the object stand out and will be a lot less messy to print in color.

Once you’re happy with the settings, close the Environment and Effects window, and rotate the viewport until you’re satisfied that the view is showing off the best of the model. I like the detail in the cardboard on the top of the box, and I also like the staple details with the rips on the sides, so they will be most prominent in my render.


  

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