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SJD

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  1. Hi I'm trying to delete a custom palette I created (I spelt it wrong and can't find a way to amend it). I right click and press ok to delete and hey presto it's back when I relaunch FZ. I've saved another preference file but it makes no difference. It's not a big problem but just annoying - I've been using v8.6 for well over month now (or trying too). Not sure if it's me but there are so many little niggles where tools don't seem to behave as they should at first and then do. I often get an issue where the vector line or rectangle tool won't draw on the first attempt - I change my view and then they seem to work. All in all using this version is starting to become a bind compared to v6. I don't want to put FZ down but does anyone else find it well, not as smooth as it should be compared to other packages?
  2. Hi are there any settings within FZ that would help optimise performance when using some modelling preview modes? Ones I find particularly annoying are when editing textures or attempting to manipulate subd objects. The lag when editing in subd mode makes it pretty much unusable. Editing textures is also pretty laggy. I've been using demos of Modo and C4D and both are extremely smooth to use and make FZ pretty clunky by comparison PC specs are: AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 24GB DDR4 2133Mhz, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (all drivers up to date) Windows 10 thanks as always steve
  3. Hi all where did 'set image size' go in FZ 8.6 on Windows?? thanks steve
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    set image size - Windows 10

    thanks, yes I'm aware of that this is to render just a portion of the screen, you used to be able to use the mouse to define the area on v.6
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    optimising PC performance

    thanks Andrew I'll probably upgrade sometime in the future although to be honest I don't struggle with much else, quite a few areas of FZ seem pretty lethargic compared to other packages
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    set image size - Windows 10

    ok, I can see 'render area rectangle' now - seems pretty clumsy though compared to before
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    optimising PC performance

    ps. using FZ 8.6 (from v6.5)
  8. Hi I'm trying to learn and get a better understanding of more advanced 3D modelling techniques, not just how to do them in FormZ but the overall concepts involved. I'm specifically interested in hard surface product visualisation. I can see FZ has a vast array of tools and have successfully worked through many of the tutorials and I have found the videos incredibly useful. However, it's a real pity there aren't any that take a real world commercial project and show how the tools could accurately be applied to it like there are with many other 3D programs. One approach I see a lot in other tutorials (3DS, Blender etc.) is either a controlled or free form construction of polygon cages or meshes which are then refined and smoothed to create sometimes very complex forms or subtle detailing accurately. Is this an approach you can do, or should do in FormZ? thanks steve
  9. Hi I'm trying to perform a simple rounding operation without any luck the ring is 300 mm diam x 80 mm deep - wall thickness is 25 mm. I want to round the edges of the face by 3 mm. I select the face with the round tool and it crashes 9 times out of 10. is there something obvious I'm doing wrong? thanks in advance steve
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    Rounding Question

    no worries, bound to be something I picked up on this forum years ago 😁
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    Rounding Question

    thanks Chris yes that seems better, I was so used to doing it the other way - I'm still getting used to doing things without the option dialog boxes that used to come up. I think I find it easier to learn new software than unlearn/relearn existing software I thought I knew
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    Rounding Question

    Hi both I've found that pre picking with the pick tool (by using 'control' on PC) has better results - using the rounding tool direct less so I'm trying to round front and back faces, front face rounds ok but then crashes on the back face. I have managed to do it now but it's not terribly reliable. I've found quite a few intermittent issues here and there but I'm putting it down to my inexperience with the post v6 interface (can't say as I'm enjoying it though!)
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    cheers Chris I think, because I'm not from a manufacturing background, I often fail to appreciate FZ's true strengths - so many of the conversations on here are way above my head. My use of it over the years has been to provide the ideas and renders for others so they can take my fairly basic (but sound) construction drawings and turn them into something that best suits their own production methods. The direction I want to go in is pretty much pure illustration which is why programs like C4D and Modo look so appealing. That said, your videos are certainly helping me to see more of it's capabilities - it's often the small details that are the most challenging, not the flashy stuff. Thanks again 👍
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    formZ Sub-D introduction

    hey Chris these are brilliant, haven't got through all yet but already I can see ways of using tools that I hadn't thought of ADS...hire this man! 👍
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    not just me then I'm using V8.6, not sure if it's different in 9?
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    thanks Chris, just one more thing... in that scene you sent me, do you get any ambient occlusion from the dish on the floor when you activate it? for some reason I cannot get AO to work with either simple or accurate glass objects
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    yes, I have seen it a few times it is very useful and got me started - unfortunately the problem I find with all ADS tutorials is they all tend to be broad strokes or overviews and that's been a particular problem for me with SDS. There's very little in the manual and when you delve deeper into the subject using other software videos you find that FormZ has some fundamental differences. Maybe FZ's tools are better but ADS really needs to put more effort into showing us why. SDS modelling seems to be such a popular technique it's little wonder FZ is overlooked as a serious 3D modeller. One of FormZ's strengths is supposed to be it's accuracy so it's odd that there isn't anything to show that in action doing real world stuff like you have kindly demonstrated. Thanks for all your help on this Chris, I hope that maybe I can return the favour at some point with a few tips of my own 😎 PS. is there any chance you could back save the glass example? cheers!
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    hmm...that sounds technical... I've given the bottle a thickness and revolved a slightly smaller profile to fit inside so far, I'd usually knock up a texture in Photoshop to emulate what's going on inside (I'm pretty good at fudging things!) unless there's a better way?...
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    hey Chris well, if I were ADS I'd be on the phone pronto 😎 by way of reciprocity, here's my approach - a bit more basic but it gets me in the ball park. I'm sure you can see what's going on. Revolve a profile paying attention to points and segment count. Use the move tool to shift segments into desired shape down one side, repeat x 7 and add subd
  20. Hi I have 2 spheres sitting on a plain white surface. One is opaque and the other is a stock glass accurate surface style. Why doesn't the glass sphere cause any ambient occlusion? (they are both the same object)
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    Ambient Occlusion

    btw, this is Renderzone (but I do have the Vray demo installed)
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    Ambient Occlusion

    Hi Andrew I think it's definitely a material issue - here's the same object with the same surface style It's the same on all glass, simple and accurate. Not an issue I encountered using V 6
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    hey Chris I've just quickly skipped to the crucial part and using the grow face tool in that way really helps, I'll have a better look later I don't understand ADS - this is the first really useful looking tutorial I've seen that deals with solving actual 3D problems likely to be faced by a 3D modeller. Thank You
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    cheers Chris I'll check them out later 👍
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    Polygon cages for smoothing

    thanks Chris I look forward to seeing them. Re: tools - is it possible to select/add loops, add cuts, extrude edges etc. as with other subd modellers? I've looked at Modo too and have to say it looks way ahead in terms of subd. I don't mind that FZ may not be as advanced as other subd software, I'm just trying to work out what it's capable of without having to jump through hoops to get a decent result NURBS is another area I really want to learn - I get the feeling that this is one of FZ's real strengths
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