Rochr -
Bryce Guru & Scifi Artist


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Using Project Dogwaffle for post work and special FX starting with a Bryce rendering...

Still Images   -   Animations

Here's an artist who's been making phenomenal illustrations using Daz3D's  program Bryce. His name is Rudy, he lives in Sweden, and he goes by the nickname of 'Rochr' . You may have seen some of his beautiful art at Daz3D or other 3D graphics forums, particularly those showing Bryce artwork.

In  this presentation we take a look at some of the possibilities that Dogwaffle offers to further modify a finished  rendering coming from Bryce, or any other 3D rendering or photograph for that matter, and of course also from a drawing or painting you did right inside Dogwaffle. If you'd like to experiment with the demo version of Dogwaffle look for it in the demozone

 Perhaps you want to add more rain, or a mix of snow fall. Perhaps there are some bright highlights to be added, or the image needs to be darkened. Contrast can be adjusted, flowers can be added,.... you can also use your image as a basis for a new animation, even add rising bubbles and wave distortions to make it look like it's under water. The possibilities are endless. A few other examples and more in-depth tutorials can be found here.

Here is the original image, called "Traffic".




Post work - Still Images

Cropping

We will focus on the mid-upper part of the image. One thing that we can do as a first step is crop to the desired area. Simply make the selection (with the rectangular selection tool for example) and then from the Buffer menu select "Crop to selection".




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Contrast Adjustment

Ok, we see our alien humanoid in looking out by the terrace in the lower right.

Now, let's work with the filters. In the Filter menu, Dogwaffle offers adjustments tools, including the Value adjustment which includes Value, Brightness, Contrast and Gamma. Use this to increase the contrast a bit. Or, find a one-click solution from the Buffer menu: Improve Dynamic Range.
Novae, Highlights, Lens Flares

If they're still working on some repairs on that bridge or building structure, perhaps it's time to add some bright flashes and highlightrs such as you can easily place and size with the Nova tool. There's also a few ways to show lens reflections and flares.

Welders are at work, don't look straight at the bright light!


Fog

The fog filter is part of a new collection of photographic fx filters. It adds a misty grey tint to the bottom half of the image. Now the scene already looks colder down there...
Light Diffusion - a Hangover?

Ever woke up in the morning with a bit of blurry vision because of too much wild partying? The Light Diffusion filter will remind you of what you saw. The brighter pixels bleed over to the darker regions. It looks a bit blurry, and then some.



Mystic Vision - A bad Hangover

Ok, now you better hope mom doesn't find out. If this is what you saw the other morning then you were in serious trouble.

The Mystic Vision filter combines Zoom blur with Light diffusion.
The list of filters and special effects goes on and on. 

Now let's see what else you can do, by using the image as a basis for creating a new animation, and then applying transforms and other special fx to the animation to add animated rain, snow, video lines, even rising bubbles for a few to Atlantis.


Into Animations

You can easily turn a still image into an animation to make it a sophisticated multimedia experience.  (using other software such as debugmode.com's  Wax to add sound).  Just use Animation>Create to duplicate the still image into a 30-frame or different animation. Then add Snowfall:

The Timeline editor in the Animation menu of Dogwaffle can apply filters across the frames of the animation. It can also change the parameter values of such filters by interpolation through set keyframes. Some filters animate without the need for keyframes. That is the case with the Snowfall filter, where you can set higher velocity and smaller size for a rain-like effect.

A linear alpha gradient can mask parts of the image to allow rain to show only on other parts. For example, when in the presence of strong perspective distortion in the background image, you can apply a mask for the left half of the image and set the wind to blow to the right a little, Then use a mask for the right side and the wind blowing to the left. The upper and lower areas can also be modulated. Large drops can appear near the top and fade around the middle. Slower and smaller drops convey the impression of depth and distance too.




click images to toggle animation on/off
(Flash MX player required)     



larger:  640x480 Quicktime version 

Here's another one, in which the movie was flipped upside-down so that the snow flakes appear like rising bubbles. We also applied a wave distortion to it so as to convey the underwater impression. Then we flipped the whole thing back right-side up.





Click image to toggle animation:

Different version as Quicktime animation
this one also has slight camera motion applied.