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This is the test rendering thread for this year's egg design contest!

Hopefully there will be some other lovely rendering volunteers available to help out with transforming the flat designs into rendered egg shapes. Thank you very much in advance if you can help!

If you want help with rendering designs, you need to use a standard naming scheme for your file. This makes the process quicker and easier. Please use the following scheme:

Yourname -Eggname# _skin.png

-Change Yourname to your forum or character name.
-Replace Eggname with a short design name for your egg
-# being the copy/version number. ie. 01, 02, 03, etc.
-You don't have to do anything to _skin.png
-After rendering we can easily remove the _skin indicator and save it as Yourname-Eggname#.png

P.S. If you use photobucket, and your files are being renamed...
Try changing: User Settings > Privacy > deselect File Name Scrambling
(Thanks for the tip Dexla!)

Feedback on rendered designs belongs in this thread, but any discussion or questions about the event itself might be better in the main event thread :D

- Copied and pasted from last years egg test rendering thread.
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Hi greylady, I would like to learn how to render the eggs soi can help is there a link somewhere of what program I can use (for free) and a guide?
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This is the software...
http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-3ds-max/free-trial

And they are strict about it being a 30-day trial --- I used it many years ago and it still remembers my computer.

I know there were pages and/or posts with some how-to info... I'll edit this post if I can find them.
Yay Greylady!
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Hi greylady, I would like to learn how to render the eggs soi can help is there a link somewhere of what program I can use (for free) and a guide?


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is a link to Adrielle's instructions for downloading/using the 3DS Max trial version, good for 30 days. This should get you what you need to render eggs.

Oh, I forgot, if you are a student, they have a free student version, good for 3 years I believe.
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I have Corel Motion Studio 3D...will that work? I got it as a part of buying painter Essentials over Christmas...but never used it

EDIT: I opened the program...and think I will need a class to figure out how to run the thing!!! So many strange new buttons!!!! *feels a bit extremely intimidated*

So I guess until I figured out what I am doing I will need to rely on you guys to render my eggies for now :(

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so I have 2 eggies from last year I tried to fix the seams - could you please render it for me and be able to tell me if I still have seams?
Thank you ^_^

I tried to use imageshack (which I'm not familiar with) because I believe that imgur had some naming issues last year...let me know if I did it right too please :)



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Hi folks... so unfortunately image shack changed the file names completely (I saved the name the same way as the file was provided to me with the _egg after it and photobucket added its normal gobblty-goop to the end of the file name). So I'd request to use an alternate to Image shack for these renderings. That way the test renderers are not having to figure out whose egg/version # it is. Makes doing the renders much, much easier!!

I know photobucket does add garble at the end of a file, but at least the file names are intact and I don't have to guess whose egg/# it is. If folks have an alternate to sharing these files that keeps the name of the file intact without extra junk, please provide suggestions here? Thanks!!

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This is the software...
http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-3ds-max/free-trial
And they are strict about it being a 30-day trial --- I used it many years ago and it still remembers my computer.

 
EDIT: I opened the program...and think I will need a class to figure out how to run the thing!!! So many strange new buttons!!!! *feels a bit extremely intimidated*


As DexlaGreylady (I read good! :P) was saying, students do get a FREE 3 years of Autodesk 3ds Max which is what I'm using. So if you download it and you are a student I believe you just need to create an account using an official student email (yourname@yourcollegeorhighschool.edu). Here's the student link:
http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/3ds-max

It is a bit overwhelming if you've never used it before but once you do a few its pretty easy. Read Adrielle's tutorial and the last addition as its pretty dead on. If you click on something that makes it go wonky, just make sure not to save the file and reopen it and try again. (LOL, yes I've done that and yes I did that today as I was trying to remember how to use it!) It took me about 10 minutes to remember how to use it but the tutorial does go over the things you need to know to do a render.

For the non-3ds Max part of it I use Photoshop vs. Gimp or Paint. I also do 'autocrop' which uses a slightly different Egg outline than the one listed in Adrielle's tutorial (Photoshop Egg outline link here ). For those that want to finalize the egg in Photoshop here's what I do (And I'm sure this has been listed in a tutorial somewhere but here it is again!)

In 3ds Max I save the egg file as a PNG. Then I open the egg file in Photoshop, go to Image and click on "Trim." Make sure the 'Based on' option has 'Transparent Pixels' selected and that the 'Trim Away' option has all options check-marked (top, bottom, left, right). Once trimmed I add the egg outline file as a new layer to my rendered egg file and then save for web (PNG-24).

Sorry for double (triple, etc) saying stuff just wanted to give my 2 cents!

Hope that helps any new renderers out there!
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I would gladly host images on my site, if someone would please render any eggs I come up with. I looked at the 3D software but honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed.

If you need hosting, just email me properly named files and I will respond to your email with a direct link to the file for you to post here.


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Thank you very much, lilymoon! Could I perhaps ask for one more render? Getting the narrow/wide ratio down is tough.

I love your seahorse egg, Pixelpixie!



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Awesome. Thank you very much!
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Booful-

Thank you Fearee, Just wondering if there is a reason I cannot save the image? When i right click it saves as a blank page even though its a png file? And I didn't know imageshack also changed names >.< Ok...gonna try photobucket then...'

EDIT: had to actually rename the file "seahorse.png" instead of just saving as is...got it working now thank you!
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Last one for tonight. Bare with me, this one is an experiment.



Trying slightly different depths...


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Thank you Greylady.

I have one last edit to try with this egg...


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Quick test please!


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I said I wasn't going to enter this year...
Test please!

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Thanks Lilymoon!
You won't love them as much after I drive you crazy all day ;)

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ok! Sorry - most of these were kinda pattern tests!
I'll give you a break for lunch!

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(no prob- still in breakfast mode here!)
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Thanks! You'd think I'd cease to be surprised by the warping after all this time, but I still haven't learned. Back to the old waffle iron for that one.


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