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SpaceDock Vista by tim-au SpaceDock Vista by tim-au
Well I recently had the pleasure of meeting a matte artist who works at Industrial Light + Magic, and he offered a few tips on what is needed to make 3D look realistic. :)

One thing of obvious mention is the ambient occlusion render pass (where basically, there's shading around every bit of detail). I was sort of familiar with that, but I never really tried to employ it in any 3D shots of mine.

So, I made this picture as a bit of a test-bed for this. I've just discovered a more efficient method of generating occlusion passes now, so I'll be looking into adding these into my production pipeline. :)

Set-up and rendered in LightWave [8]
Passes composited in Adobe Photoshop
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:iconlee-wolfgang:
The spacedock is delicious, but I can see flat edges of the Earth.

But other than that it is real.
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Jedi-Master-Yoda Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing job. Looks like it is right out of chapter 17 of my fan fic, which I am writing chapter 17 of right now.
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:iconthenn:
You all make me sick! Not recognizing Spacedock from Star Trek (specifically "The Search for Spock). Except for Sacred-Light of course. I've always loved that part of any ST movie more, don't know why.
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:iconfreakstate:
Im a lightwave user myself and thats frigging amazin :D well done! I'm not even attempting sci-fi stuff unless i learn how to make something like that :lol:
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:iconmoleyvyrus:
That's astounding! :3 Swell composition! :w00t: +fav!
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b33lz3bub Dec 10, 2005  Professional General Artist
if i drew up a character sheet for you, would you be willing to make a model of it to do something like this with? btw this is fucking fantastic, man
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:iconernestotequillaymota:
the station is really fascinating, but a little more detail on the planet would make this piece awesome!
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:iconsacred-light:
Wow!!!! :eyepopping: That's one very nice model of a starbase. The details it has. The planet makes the piece even more complete. This is why I love Star Trek and people who take time to make such nice 3D models.

I'm gonna :+fav: this and I'm gona keep an eye on you, wouldn't want to miss another one of these beauties. :+devwatch:
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