Any Raytracers out there?


#1

Hey dudes. So i was wondering, It looks like Photoshop is a pretty prominent image app 'round here, i don’t do that, but i do raytrace. Raytracing, for those of you who don’t know, is a kind of 3D modeling, and it calculates the image based on the movement of photons, or something like that. im actually kind of unclear on how a raytracer works. also, a raytracer will let you create incredibly detailed/realistic pictures. after this posts, i’m gunna post a pic i did on the post your work thread, so if you’re curious, you can check it out.

so anybody out there do it?

(the raytracer that i use can be found at www.povray.org )

a raytraced image. Yes, it IS computer generated. there was a competition for raytracing, this is 1st place


#2

damn!!! that shit looks serious:eek:


#3

heh, that it is. oh, i forgot to mention. it’s all in code. there’s no graphical user interface, you gotta think about it, think in 3 dimentions, ect. example, the code to make a cylinder…

cylinder{
<-1, 0, 0 >
<1, 0, 0 >
3
pigment { color Black }
}

which would make a cylinder, starting at that point, a radius of 3, and black.


#4

Downloaded it…and tried it…it’s confusing as shiet!


#5

Yeah, I used to do some very simple raytracing with POV-Ray years ago… now I just stick to 3dsm’s mental ray and Cinema4D.

You can get GUI front-ends for POV-Ray you know.


#6

How long did it take you to create that image? :eek:


#7

I’ve done full renders with POV-Ray. Love that stuff but don’t have the time for it anymore. It’s so nice though - now I’m learning AutoCAD as its similar in being done with code while more purposeful in that Im an architect major.


#8

Just looked at the above render. That was more than likely done with additional plugins to go with POV-Ray.

For the best 3D tutorials check out:
http://www.3dlinks.com

They have a section on both POV-Ray and Blender

Blender like POV-Ray is freeware except its a graphical user interface and much more similar to 3DStudioMax and Maya. Personally I like POV-Ray better.


#9

I only got a temp version. :frowning: Pretty confusing as hell. I can’t figure nothing out. :confused:
I’ll keep trying, though…


#10

=dave=, I didn’t make that. i wish i could. that probably took him a good 3 or 4 months of straight work. a shit long time. he prolly used textures he developed over the years, like if i want to make something, that’s felt, i already made a felt pool table, so i just copy/paste the texture, and i can use it. but that’s damn impressive

soul, it’s confusing shit, i know. a tutorial comes with, do that, and you’ll get the hang of it. if you have any questions, feel free to PM me or somethin’ i also lurk on AIM.