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starbase1
04-30-2007, 03:53 AM
Hi All,
I just downloaded the 9.2 release yesterday, and I am looking forward to trying the new toys, particularly the new materials.

What's the current view of the best place to find presets for the new stuff? I recall a couple of web sites were being heavily discussed...

I'm particularly intrigued by the new glass effects, having seen some of the excellent work done in these forums. Thing is I find it very hard to decribe the difference between the good and the not so good glass, and that includes in real life. I remember a gallery near Camden Market that had quite a bit of very beautiful glass artwork, but I just could not put my finger on what made it look so good. Also in a different way seeing some astonishingly beautiful Romanian glassware with a certain mistiness to it, an effect I would normally regard as rather cheap and tacky.

Guess I need to learn to see better!
Nick

jameswillmott
04-30-2007, 05:19 AM
You'll need a Dielectric preset, and then just play around. We're putting together a page on the LightWiki about Dielectrics, see if this helps get you started?

http://www.lightwiki.com/index.php?title=Dielectric

colkai
04-30-2007, 05:25 AM
Spinquad has a preset repository on the go which has some very nifty 9.x presets.
http://www.lededesigns.com/ and go to preset repository. :)

starbase1
04-30-2007, 06:03 AM
Spinquad has a preset repository on the go which has some very nifty 9.x presets.
http://www.lededesigns.com/ and go to preset repository. :)

I took a look at the Spinquad thread, but it looked very much like people were still trying to decide what scene to use, and looking at the lede designs repository, but there was nothing new since the end of Feb, so I wondered if it was still active...

Shame preset central is still not back...

Preset repositories are a great idea - I have often thought it a shame that more presets are not included with LW to show off the feastures. A good library should be aware of version and plugin requirements, and preset central was headed strongly this way...

Nick

Iain
04-30-2007, 07:25 AM
The problem with presets (or the problem I run into anyway) is that I invariably end up tweaking them to suit the particular look I'm after for that model and for the lighting of the scene.

I find it best to have a 'base' dielectric material that can be loaded in and adjusted to suit.