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  1. Kevin

    Can you join and fill objects?

    Thanks for the quick response, and your suggestion did work. Is there an easy way to figure out why I got that error should it arise again in the future? Considering the objects were intersecting, I didn't think that it would matter. Now that I know what I need to do though, I can rework the objects a bit in order to achieve what I'm looking for. Thanks for your help.
  2. Kevin

    Can you join and fill objects?

    Thank you for looking in to this for me. I have emailed you the file for your review.
  3. Kevin

    Can you join and fill objects?

    The Stitch tool worked like a charm but I get an error when I try to union the object to the rest of the body of the watch. "System unable to complete the Boolean operation. ID = B.16"
  4. Kevin

    Can you join and fill objects?

    Thank you for the suggestion. I'll definitely give that a go today. I had originally tried to use the thicken tool but, it's hard to see in the image, there are some interesting angles that occur on the sides of the watch. By thickening the pieces and trying to join them that way, I ended up with some odd seams and ridges. Thanks again though. Hopefully it works out!
  5. I'm not too sure the best way to describe this but I'm attempting to recreate a watch in FormZ 8.5 and I'm getting hung up on where the band joins the watch face. I was able to create the general shape by creating a couple curved faces for the top and bottom and then lofting the two to get the sides. The problem now is that I would like to join the three individual pieces in a manner that I could then use boolean operations and other reshaping tools to build out the watch shape. More likely than not, I'm attempting to go about the process in a backward way but any assistance would be appreciated. I have attached a couple screen captures of what I currently have and a photo of what I'm trying to achieve. Thank you.
  6. Thank you for your candid response Tech. As much as I would love to be able to do everything in FormZ, I have to realize that there are always going to be limitations to programs... and that's where programs like Maxwell, etc. come in. Looks like I may have to come up with another idea and/or tweak it.
  7. Thanks for the post Tech. The image looks great but I can't open the file for some reason. I'm assuming because it was made in version 8. I'll have to see what the settings are and how much time it'll add to the rendering process as it might be cost prohibitive.
  8. Hi Setz, There is a very strong reason... I don't own Maxwell and I can't afford to get it for this project. Also... the reason why I would like to do this work in FormZ and not Photoshop is because, while I will be using images in a printed document, I was also planning on having some looping animations in a presentation. I think I've just come to a situation where my limited knowledge/experience with these applications is butting up against the limitations of Renderzone itself. Had I known that what I was attempting would have been overly difficult or complicated with the programs that I have... I would have probably changed up what I was doing or used different programs.
  9. Thanks Martin. That's was I ended up doing just for the "depth of field" effect. I was just hoping to be able to streamline the process without having to do a number of additional steps in Photoshop. My hope was to get a couple scenes set up and render them... leaving little to do in post.
  10. Thanks Pylon but I'm trying to recreate this in RenderZone. It seems to always come back to the point that, while I enjoy FormZ as a modelling application, its limitations with respect to rendering are a constant bone of contention. What probably took you minutes to do has taken me exponentially longer... and still no where close to the result that I'm looking for. Thank you for you help/suggestions with this. Maxwell is a program that I've looked at in the past but it just isn't feasible for me to purchase at the moment. The more I get involved with rendering, the more I'm realizing that I need a secondary renderer.
  11. I'm in a similar situation as you. You might want to check out this thread for some suggestions. http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/53-creating-a-neon-glow-in-formz-7-and-renderzone/ Different application of the neon glow but could be transferable to what you're trying to achieve.
  12. Hello everyone, I've tried a couple options and haven't been able to get the results that I'm trying to get. I've attached an image of a compiled render but, as you can see, it's a far cry from the source material that I'm trying to recreate from the link in my original post (http://abduzeedo.com/motion-graphics-murata-yuzi). The light 'tubes' use a custom shader based on the suggestions. The scene is lit by a single ambient light and uses a .hdr map. Any suggestions to get closer to the result that I'm going for without adding exponentially to the render times would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Kevin

    vray for FZ - any updates?

    Yes... I would be interested in this as well. The more I use the program, the more I realize that I need Maxwell, etc. to fully realize what's in my head. Don't get me wrong... I know that people can create amazing images with Renderzone but these other programs seem to make more sense to me. They just seem more robust. That's probably the benefit of getting a dedicated rendering program though. I have been very happy with the modelling capabilities of FormZ for years, and version 7 made it even easier/quicker for me to construct the things that I wanted to do, but my final renders have still been lacking (even with all of the support that I've received here over the years). A lot of it is due to me being self-taught I'm sure but... what can you do?
  14. Thanks for your response. I need for the object to emit light, as they are the only source of light (along with minimal ambient light) for the scene. I also need to have the objects present to represent the tubes. Thank you for your help though. I'm in the midst of trying a couple test renders and can see what you mean about the drastic increase in rendering times.
  15. I'm trying to recreate a similar look to the hexagonal objects in the video/images in this link. http://abduzeedo.com/motion-graphics-murata-yuzi I'm not too sure what program that they are using but I have done a simple mock-up of one of those hexes along with a couple "neon tubes". The problem that I'm having is simulating that neon glow. Any suggestions how to create a similar effect or look in FormZ and Renderzone would be appreciated. Thank you.