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  1. SJD

    Vray

    thanks Justin I think I'll definitely be giving Vray a go
  2. SJD

    Vray

    thanks Andrew, that's a pleasant surprise that Vray is actually faster - I definitely need to look into now. That said, I've found RenderZone to be incredibly capable over the years with a good blend of quality vs speed and have produced some very nice renders with it - like most things it just takes a bit of time to learn the finer points to get the best out of it
  3. SJD

    Vray

    thanks again, I'm happy to put in the hours if, ultimately, it's possible to yield the kind of results shown above. With regards to materials, I was hoping it was possible to set up textures in FZRZ as I would normally for faster renders and once the client is happy produce my final output in Vray - is this possible or do I have to redo textures and decals?
  4. SJD

    Vray

    thanks Adam, that's my question really - does the integrated Vray renderer have the same tools and functionality as it would in say, Sketch Up or 3ds max or is it a 'light' version so to speak? I'd like to know if it's capable of producing the quality of finished render shown here if it's used to it's full advantage
  5. SJD

    Vray

    hope this is ok but here are a few interior images from the Chaos website to demonstrate what I mean, all modelled in 3ds max. I appreciate that the quality of each image is down to the artistry of the individual user - I'm just trying to establish if it's possible to achieve this level within FormZ before I invest time putting it into my workflow thanks
  6. SJD

    Vray

    Hi all does Vray have the same rendering capabilities within FormZ as it does as a stand alone application or within any other modelling software? I've seen some excellent renders using Vray within other modelling apps but I've yet to find one produced in FormZ that's as good. I'm just assuming that this is because FormZ's user base is relatively small compared to the likes of Sketch Up etc. (I'm not knocking FormZ btw, I'm a long time user and it's an outstanding modelling application 👍) any feedback would be greatly appreciated thanks Steve
  7. SJD

    download link for V8.5

    me again all sorted thanks to a super quick response from operations - great service as usual!
  8. SJD

    download link for V8.5

    Hi I have downloaded the trial version (8.5) but when I try to register it says invalid code. The only installation code I have is for v8 - I imagine 8.5 would have been updated through 'software update' which I cannot do because I am using Sierra Support - please could you advise as I need to get this running asap many thanks steve
  9. Hi apologies if this is in the wrong place... I upgraded from v6 - v8 a while ago and then 8.5. I can find a link to download v8 but this will not open (I'm using OS Sierra) is there a link to v8.5 or do I need to download the trial version and then update with my code? I was still using v6 but have to change due to updated hardware thanks in advance steve
  10. SJD

    FormZ 8.02 Imager

    fair enough and I totally agree Dennis I have been using FZ since the mid/late '90s - the level of support is unparalleled and quite unique in my experience steve
  11. SJD

    FormZ 8.02 Imager

    yep, me too - progress bar/info is a must the imager was absolutely fine in V6 - why did it have to change?
  12. cool for a glass surface style you only need to specify 'glass' in reflection and leave transparency to none - you could check your decal on another opaque coloured surface to see if it's working properly
  13. hey Sammi you can uncheck 'make black areas transparent' have you applied a transparency to your perspex texture map? for perspex/glass only use 'glass' (reflection) and set transparency to none - otherwise you end up with a 'double' transparency which might be causing the problem
  14. Hi Sammi psd or tiff will be fine see files below - thats how the alpha channel should look (opaque objects in white) add the alpha channel to the decal and make sure 'use alpha channel' is selected (under Transparency > Transparency Map) add the decal to your glass and hey presto if you are applying to a material with a transparency applied (say simulating a voile) you need to check the opacity box to make it appear solid this may look slightly different in version 8 (this is 6.7) steve
  15. Hi Sammi are you trying to create the effect of a screen printed panel (or vinyls) so the images and text are opaque only? (and you see through in between) you need to create an alpha channel in photoshop of all the solid areas then add it to your decal - go Transparency > Transparency Map (check Alpha channel) you can then add the decal to any material I do it all the time and it's easy =) steve
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