Welcome to Azri3d!!

Let's share everything about 3dsMax or Sketchup. I'm not the master of 3dsMax nor Google Sketchup, I just want to share what I know about them. Although both software has it's own fans, I've decided, after considering which one is best , I'm going to make a blog about both of them.

Generally I uploaded videos either in Youtube or in Vimeo. If you want to know my latest upload, please subscribe to my channel, since sometime I uploaded my video before I even blog about it. And later, you can visit this blog to have the parameter you might needed in the tutorial, or sometimes I put in the parameter for those of you who can't see it clear enough in my videos. Also, in this blog you can get some tips and tricks that's going to be useful for you.

I reduce the size of the video when I embeded it in this blog for practical reason. But you can press full screen or watch it directly on Youtube.

My background as an Architect influences me to create tutorials related to Architecture and Interior design, but later I intend to create more videos related to Animation in general. But even in such limited time, I going to make more better articles and video.

3dsMax Users

For the beginner in 3dsMax, you might find this articles very useful. I've also made the playlist in Youtube so you don't have to search it in youtube anymore. You only have to press next. :)

And for more advances users will find more specific types of tutorial that is more suitable for your need. Such as these Vray articles here. And these are the playlist of video related to Vray.

Playlist 3dsMax VRay

And for Architects or Interior Designer who want to present more impressive presentation to their clients through animation, you can find my articles here to be useful. I made these articles because I believe, that in the near future, Animation will be a common necessities for Architecture presentation.

Playlist 3dsMax Architecture Animation

Sketchup Users

I'm going to create tutorials about other renderinge engine beside Vray. But for the time being, since I've got most request from vray for sketchup user, I'm creating articles On Vray, as you can see on the playlist.

Playlist Sketchup VRay

These are the articles that I've prepared for the beginners in sketchup. Also with the play list that I've made in Youtube. But it's still in Bahasa Indonesia, and I haven't got chance to translate it

Playlist Sketchup Basic

But since this is a relatively new blog, and also because of my work as an Architect slash 3d Artist, my time is very limited. So the articles in this blog is not quite as much as I hope. So, bear with me, OK? ^_^
So have a nice time learning and don't forget to give suggestion on what article that I should make in my next tutorial. It might take a while, but I'm going to take them into consideration. And when I got time, I'm going to create the article or video on it.

Here are some of my latest articles:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sketchup-Vray Exterior Night Scene

For me, creating the night scene far more challenging than creating day scene. For day scene, all I have to do is create the modelling, then set the sunlight, set the vray parameter, et voila, the image is ready.

Whereas a night scene needs more effort. On one hand, I want to have a dark enough scene so I can show all of the additional lights, but on the other hand, it can't be too dark since we still want to see the buildings details. To solve this, I usually created the scene using Afternoon or dawn image background. So there's still enough light for the sky.

And we also have to design the lighting placement so those additional lighting will make our building looks more beautiful. But generally I use :
  1. Rectangle Vray Light with Invinsible=on, this will be the main source of light from inside of the building. The size usually big, from the ceiling towards the floor. Or you also can place it from the windows towards inside of the building. For this kind of light, you probably need to raise the subdivision about 15-25, depends on how big is your image output will be, so there won't be any noise.
  2. Rectangle Vray Light with invinsible=off. I will attach this kind of lamp right to the ceiling, or some lamps on my scene. I also use omni lights for round lamps. For this kind of lamps, I will raise the intensity value about 10-20 units higher than the invinsible lights around it. This so the light won't washed out by other lights.
  3. IES light, for uplight and downlight. You will need IES light file for this, you can find it from the internet either for free or buy it on the application stores. Personally I got mine from a friend, so, I wouldn't know exactly where to find them. But, for IES light, you need to try out some files to find the one that most suitable for your scene.
So in conclusion, if you don't have enough time, don't create a night scene ^_^

This image created without any Photoshop touch up

This is the Environment (Sunlight) setting for Vray Night Scene

Good Luck!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sketchup-Daytime Vray exterior Setting

For me, creating a modern minimalist buildings using sketchup is fun and very fast, and it also helps me to develop the concept that I have in my head. But there is one thing that I still don't like from sketchup is the trees. I still haven't found any tree model that is realistic enough for my scene. And when I found some that a little bit realistic, the tree file would be so big that it actually scares my computer :P

Therefore, I'd rather use photoshop to add tree elements to my presentation. But maybe you have found a good sketchup vray tree model? Please, let me know, it would be really helpful.

For this tutorial, the rendering result is still raw, without any photoshop touch up. And the street lamp is still horribly fake. But for your own scene you can find a better one.

In the video, I'm also going to explain a little bit about vray displacement to help me created a more realistic grass and water. You can also use this displacement for creating a rug, cushion, etc. But one thing you have to remember, if you use a lot of displacement, your rendering time will be a lot longer.

Here is the tutorial as you can see on YouTube

And these are the Vray parameter that I'm going to use :

Have a nice time learning!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Max-Vray Light and Camera Setting for Interior

I must admit, Vray is my most favorite rendering engine right now, both for 3dsMax and Sketchup. And for me, once you understand Vray parameter setting for 3dsMax, it's really easy to apply it to Sketchup's Vray. Also the other way around.

At the beginning, you might feel Vray is too complex since there's a lot of parameter that you need to adjust not to mention Vray has it's own texture that you need to master to gain maximum result. But it's really worth all the work. 

Interior Scene using Vray

Here's my youtube tutorial for this room's lighting and camera

These are the setting Vray Interior scene with medium quality result, like the above picture (Click to enlarge it):

Monday, September 12, 2011

Max-Arch Animation 105-A Simple Car Animation

Cars can enhance our Architecture presentation, it also can help us explain our building's scale to our client. Therefore I feel that I need to add this Car animation to our Architectural animation series.

This car animation will be very simple, and the car movement will be just linear, since the car won't be the focus of our presentation. The controller would be dummies which linked with the car using Look at constraint, Position Constraint, Orientation Constraint and Path constraint.

There are something that you have to consider when animating the car :
  1. Pivot point direction. Since we're going to use link, the pivot point direction can be affected by the parent link.
  2. Hierarchy. Some controller have stronger impact than other controller. For example, If you use Look At constraint before using Link, the object won't be affected. Because Link will lock the controller that's used before.
  3. When using Orientation Constrain, pay attention to the Transform Rule, whether it's using Local or World. If it's using World, it would also lock some of the constraint controller that's used before.

Of course there are a lot more realistic ways to animate a car, using reactor for example, but that's for another time, another tutorial.

Good luck!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sketchup-Cool Section Animation

I'm using 3dsmax, long before I even learned sketchup. Initially I felt no need to master sketchup, because the presentation with 3dsmax (in my opinion) much more impressive, more people ask for it and has more widespread implementation. But there is one feature Sketchup that makes me so very interested to learn Sketchup. And that is the Section. A feature that's available in Sketchup Pro

Of course 3dsMax has Clip which function a bit similar to section. but section can be directly used for various things. It can be directly exported to AutoCAD for further editing, or can be presented with the feature layout (which is now also a step forward again), and the most impressive, in my opinion, is the Section can be directly animated.

When I first saw the section animation, I thought, surely this would be very difficult. But, now that I know the tricks, it's really easy! Unfortunately, when creating this tutorial, Section still can't be rendered using Vray. And I have not tried any other rendering engine. Otherwise, it would be really cool!!

Good luck!