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Eyenovation
09-07-2003, 10:10 PM
I am new to LightWave, as I feel it's the best program for OSX and that they don't make 3DSM for Macs :( -

In any case, I am desperately trying to learn the ins and outs of the program after being used to 3DSM. I have been having a horrible time and am not finding anything on the web tutorial wise that makes it ANY easier.

While the tutorials that ARE online are MUCH appreciated, I have no desire to do character modeling. I am looking at creating abstract 3D stuff, or industrial / photo realistic designs.

Can anyone answer a few questions or for god's sake, point me to ANY tutorials that will help me accomplish this? I am VERY eager to learn.

For starters, how do you apply material to an object? In 3DSM, you'd just hit the letter M, and you'd get the material editor.

http://www.cyberloonies.com/Image14.jpg

There is NOTHING like that in LW ??

Also, the rendering. How do you adjust the size, quality, and the type of the image you want to render?

I mean, how do you get to something like this:

http://www.spoono.com/3ds/tutorials/render/rendertitle.gif

Arghhhhhhhhhhh...
I am desperate. I don't want to make monsters. Just nice looking Raytraced images. Can anyone PLEASE help. :(:(

kevman3d
09-07-2003, 10:49 PM
My first response would have been to refer to the manual - Like do a search in the PDF/Web manual for 'surfaces' and 'rendering options'

First of all, realise that Lightwave is split into two apps. For rendering, you simply need to use the 'Lightwave' (or 'Layout') application.

Surface Editor
The 'surface Editor' (the button is on the left, near the top - Or you can just press CTRL F3) is where you add your surface settings. Its a powerful beasty, and I can't cover a tenth of the tools in this short post. :)

To add pre-made textures (like your spheres in Max) just open the Presets window - Theres a button on the left, just below the 'surface editor' somewhere.

The 'preset shelf' as its known is sensitive to the tool you have open - If you have the surface editor open, you'll get the surface presets. If you have Hypervoxels (the volumetric effects in LW like smoke, etc) then you get the Hypervoxel presets, etc. Presets can be categorised - So there is a drop-down box at the top of the window that may contain libraries you can choose from.

(I'll stick in a picture here if you need it when I get home - I'm on a Mac at the moment, its 'screengrab' likes to dump things into PDF's that I can't edit in Photoshop!)

BTW, if you change any textures or surfaces on an object, use the save option 'Save all objects' to save all the objects and the surface changes. surface changes aren't saved with the scene file.

Rendering
Ok, rendering in LightWave is a little different - The setup of a few options is spread throughout the program, in the areas that the options are related to (which makes sense when you think about it)

Rendering size - Is found in the camera settings. select the camera, then press the 'item properties' button (in the bottom section of the screen). In here you can set the resolution, pixel aspect ratios, depth of field, motion blur and more.

To adjust things like raytrace options, the output saving options and more, you need to select the 'Rendering' menu (top left of the window) and then pick the 'Rendering options' menu item. Here is where you can set the output, raytracing options for shadows, reflections and refractions, the range of frames to render and more...

To render a test-frame, press F9. To render an entire animation sequence, press F10.

That's very, very basic help - There's a LOT to LightWave, but I hope this has been useful?

Zafar Iqbal
09-07-2003, 11:02 PM
Reading the manual is a good way to get into Lightwave ;)

Anyhow...
http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/index.html

Check all the Interactive Guides (top left) - exelent guides descibing the basics.

melchior_
09-07-2003, 11:52 PM
http://www.niklasindustries.com/tutorials/index.php
has a few tutorials on making abstract objects.

mattclary
09-08-2003, 05:33 AM
RTFM, assuming you have one.

meshmaster
09-08-2003, 11:18 AM
Read the manual (http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/downloads/)

Eyenovation
09-08-2003, 01:49 PM
Ehhh.. I have it. But reading this big book is tedious. I guess I am going to have to suck it up and do it. I figured with 3DSM experience I could get by with a few tips off this board.

hrgiger
09-08-2003, 02:33 PM
Reading the book is tedious? Such is the learning process. Suck it up and start reading.

SplineGod
09-08-2003, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by Eyenovation
Ehhh.. I have it. But reading this big book is tedious. I guess I am going to have to suck it up and do it. I figured with 3DSM experience I could get by with a few tips off this board.
Check HERE (http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/support)

kevman3d
09-08-2003, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by Eyenovation
Ehhh.. I have it. But reading this big book is tedious. I guess I am going to have to suck it up and do it. I figured with 3DSM experience I could get by with a few tips off this board.

Well, my tips should have given you enough to answer the questions you had...

As for the manual - Don't read it like a book, its not a learning text (But an awesome reference!) - Use the PDF (It should be on the LW cd in the online docs folder (I think from memory)) and just use the acrobat find button to look for the things you want to know.

PDF's can also be downloaded from http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/downloads/index.html

Alternatively, download and use the HTML version of the manual...
Mac: ftp://ftp.newtek.com/pub/Patches/LightWave_Mac/lw75c/LightWaveHelp.hqx.sit
Windows: ftp://ftp.newtek.com/pub/Patches/LightWave_Windows/lw75c/LWHelpFile_Intel.zip

Have fun...

MadMax
09-08-2003, 05:24 PM
Arrrrrrrrr, check yer manual ye swabbie.

All yer questions be found there.

CoryC
09-08-2003, 06:55 PM
A few other spots to try:

http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Newest_Links.htm
http://www.simplylightwave.com/

takkun
09-08-2003, 07:06 PM
Err, did anyone notice the "I am God" texture preset in the screenshot Eyenovation posted? Does that come standard in 3ds Max now? ;)

Eyenovation
09-08-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by takkun
Err, did anyone notice the "I am God" texture preset in the screenshot Eyenovation posted? Does that come standard in 3ds Max now? ;)

Hehehehe - That was not taken off my copmuter, but rather a quick search on Google. I sold my PC to anyone who would buy it. No more 3DSM for me. It's sink or swim w/ Lightwave now.

takkun
09-08-2003, 08:38 PM
It's sink or swim w/ Lightwave now. Swim! Don't give up, Lightwave's a lot of fun. Good luck with your endeavors.

Rory_L
09-08-2003, 08:39 PM
Welcome to Lightwave!

:)

R