Ignore the post’s header picture. It’s an oldy that I used because I had nothing relevant and because I felt a bit like a mushroom today as I typed away in semi gloom.
Anyway, on to today’s post.
Spent most of the day working on my management text book. In the background, however, I put a figure into a simplistic pose in DAZ Studio and played with renderers. Particularly, with Luxrender and Iray.
Here’s the Luxrender version:
Here’s the Iray version:
My daughter wants to know why the weird pose and camera angle. Answer: I was feeling arty.
Anyway, look at the shadows in each picture. The Luxrender shadows are harsh and unflattering. The Iray ones are soft. Whenever I play with Luxrender I find myself dissatisfied with the shadows. I obviously need to actually study a manual instead of fiddling. Alternatively, I really feel that Iray makes shadows so incredibly easy that I don’t need a manual. It’s a real dilemma when picking a renderer to use on any given image.
This said, I prefer the tones of the LuxRender hair but otherwise prefer the Iray hair. And as for skin I firmly prefer the Iray skin in this instance.
Being a fan of black and white for drawing out texture, I thought that I would convert both to black and white and see what I thought. Here are the results:
Yep – still prefer Iray. If anything, black and white makes the difference between the hair much less.
So I really need to learn Luxrender properly given my investment in it.
So which of the render engines do any of you prefer for DAZ?
Oh well, back to writing.