Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Depth of Field in 3DVIA Composer 2012

One of my favorite new tools in 3DVIA Composer 2012 is the Depth of Field rendering ability.
The Depth of Field in the image above allows the closest part of the carving knife to look clean and crisp, while components farther back look "fuzzy".

This new functionality can be found on the Render tab in 3DVIA Composer. Here's how it works:
  1. Turn on the command on the Render tab
  2. Click "Set Focal Point" button

  3. Click on the component where you want the focus to be. If you place the focus point on a component, you'll get a small red indicator on that component (image on the left). This feedback lets you know that the focal point you've created is associative. Meaning, if you translate the component, the focal point will move with it. If this associative nature is not desired, simply hold down the 'Alt' key when you place the focal point and a white indicator will be placed, indicating a non-associative focal point (image on the right).

  4. The effect does not happen in real time. In order to get an idea of how much Depth of Field you have, you'll want to click the High Quality button found at the end of the Render tab.

  5. You can adjust how much effect is applied in the property pane on the left

  6. Once your satisfied with the image, you'll just need to save it out in the High Resolution Workshop.
There are many other great rendering enhancements to 3DVIA Composer 2012. Be sure to check them all out!

1 comment:

Peter Rucinski said...

Nice post Steve...great detail!