Automotive Materials and Lighting in KeyShot

KeyShot Automotive Webinar

Advanced Automotive Material and Lighting in KeyShot
10:00 – 11:00 PDT (18:00 – 19:00 BST)
Thursday, May 28th 2020

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Register for this free webinar to learn all about how to make car paint, metal, and tyre materials really pop in your designs.

Guest presenter and CGI expert, Tim Feher from KeyShot Studios, will take you behind the scenes of the process to create incredible automotive visuals.

Product Drawings Made Easy with KeyShot

KeyShot Product Design Tips

Did you know that it’s easy to create technical illustrations and product line art directly within KeyShot? Dynamic product drawings and exploded views are quick and convenient to create by using the same model you used for production visuals. All you need is the Toon material.

Using the KeyShot Toon Material

Using just one 3D model, you can go from photo-realistic render, to technical line drawing or exploded an view for assembly instructions in just a few steps.

Apply The Toon Material

Select either your whole model, or just the part you want to work with, and apply the Toon material. There are 25 Toon presets already available in the KeyShot Material Library, or you can double-click your selection to view the Material Properties windows to select Toon from here.

If you’re using KeyShot Pro, you can change all parts to Toon by going to the Scene tab and expand the Model Set pane. Add a new Model Set keeping Link Materials unchecked. Back in the Material Library, drag and drop a Toon material on the top-level item to see all items in that group change to the Toon material. You’ll see results instantly, and can adjust contours by double-clicking the item with Toon applied.

Adjust the Toon Settings

You can add depth to your design by opening the material’s Advanced Settings and switching Environment Shadows on. These can be further adjusted under the Environment tab.

Increasing the transparency on selected components can help make different parts of the design stand out more than others. To achieve this, adjust the Transparency slider found under the Material properties.

You can also highlight selected parts by changing the base colour. Again, under the Material properties, click the Colour swatch to choose one you like.

Learn More About Toon

The tips above will help you produce great illustrations, but there are many more ways to customise Toon to really make your designs stand out. For the full guide, check out Toon in the KeyShot Manual.

If you would like to try KeyShot for yourself, why not request a Free KeyShot Trial?

Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper

Grasshopper Scripting

If you’re a designer using Rhino, and you’re experienced in Grasshopper visual scripting, then take your skills to the next level by creating your own custom scripts using C#!

McNeel have created a free PDF file with Grasshopper examples which you can download here.

The guide does not assume you have any background in programming, so it’s suitable for all experience levels willing to learn. It includes a description of the C# component in Grasshopper, an overview of C# programming basics, and a detailed review of the RhinoCommon geometry. It also includes a few examples of design algorithms implemented using C# in Grasshopper.

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Upcoming Vectorworks Webinars

Vectorworks Webinars

Exclusive to Service Select members, Vectorworks run webinars all year round to make sure you’re getting the best from your investment. Take a look below for the upcoming sessions which you can register for now.

Want to join Service Select? Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Upcoming Webinars

Auto Hybrid

Join Vectorworks to learn how to create an object with both a 2D and a 3D presence. You will also learn how to change the top/plan representation with cut plane view.

14:30 GMT – 14th February 2020
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Clip Cube

Vectorworks will be showing you how to create live cross sections of your model using the Clip cube function, allowing you to work inside of your 3D model with ease.

14:30 GMT – 21st February 2020
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Tag and Report Your Objects

Join Vectorworks to learn about creating and applying tags to different objects and creating reports with your relevant information about them.

14:30 GMT – 28th February 2020
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Model a Barrel Roof

Want to make a roof, but can’t use the standard tools? Join Vectorworks as they go through how to model a barrel roof.

14:30 GMT – 6th March 2020
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Energos

Join Vectorworks to explore Energos, the intelligent energy analysis module built within Vectorworks. See how to incorporate energy performance insight into your architectural design workflows from early stages and use that to make informed design decisions.

14:30 GMT – 13th March 2020
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GIS

Learn about the new GIS features in Vectorworks 2020 to combine valuable GIS resources from ESRI, with traditional CAD data.

14:30 GMT – 20th March 2020
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Marionette

Learn the basics on this procedural scripting tool that helps you create your own complex commands.

14:30 GMT – 27th March 2020
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Vectorworks and Service Select is available now at CAD Software Direct. Unsure if it’s for you? Try Vectorworks free for 30 days.

Learn with Vectorworks University

Vectorworks University

Gain new skills, fine-tune workflows, and discover new ways to make the most of Vectorworks by training at your own pace. Vectorworks University is a new platform for designers, educators and users across the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries.

Vectorworks has always been known to produce helpful content to support their software, including the Getting Started Guides, YouTube channel and more. Vectorworks University takes things further and offers free online classes and tutorials for all ability levels across BIM, site modeling, entertainment design and more.

So far, the platform features more than 110 hours of content, and this will only continue to expand to include localised content, multilingual support, learning paths and even a certification program.

Vectorworks Service Select members, and those using Vectorworks Cloud Services can log in today by visiting university.vectorworks.net. If you’re already a Service Select subscriber, don’t forget that you can access exclusive training content including the full core concept courses.

If you’ve got any questions or would like a quote for your own copy of Vectorworks, contact us today or find out more at CAD Software Direct .com

KeyShot 9 Feature: RealCloth

KeyShot 9.1

With KeyShot 9, you get access to brand new features including GPU Mode rendering, advanced denoise, fuzz and more.

The webinar below focusses on RealCloth, the tool that lets you create highly realistic woven materials within KeyShot 9. Follow along as Creative Specialist Karim Merchant takes you through the incredible new RealCloth feature and see how you too can render realistic soft goods with ease.

Request a free KeyShot trial today to get started.

Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Sloping Hardscapes and Defining Hardscape Styles

Hardscapes

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers.

Vectorworks Landmark – Defining Hardscape Styles
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 10th 2019

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Vectorworks Landmark – Sloping Hardscapes
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 10th 2019

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Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Landmark Landscape Areas & Landmark Plant Schedules

VSS May Webinars

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers.

Vectorworks Landmark – Landscape Areas Webinar
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 3rd 2019

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Vectorworks Landmark – Plant Schedules Webinar
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 3rd 2019

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Upcoming KeyShot Webinar PLUS Quick Tip: Filter Colour Library

KeyShot

Webinar: From Physical to Digital – X-Rite Material Scanning for 3D Rendering in KeyShot

Thursday, April 18th 2019 – 10:00am – 11:00 PDT (18:00 – 19:00 BST)

In this special webinar, Luxion have a look at the process of going from physical material to digital material using X-Rite scans. Sign up soon as space is limited!

You can expect to see KeyShot 8.3 with updated Pantone libraries, how to use the colour library, how to use AxF files with the Measured material type, best practises and suitable materials for scanning, as well as a closing Q & A session to wrap things up.

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KeyShot Quick Tip: Filter Colour Library

Webinar: A V-Ray for Rhino Project From Start to Finish

Register for this free V-Ray for Rhino webinar and learn how to build a project from scratch.

V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino was developed to boost the new features of Rhino 6. It streamlines workflows, minimises render times and offers new flexibility and scalability in hardware and software use, helping to turn Rhino 6 into the ultimate design environment.

In this 45-minute webinar, CG Specialist Anastasia Zhivaeva will explain the process of setting up a project in simple steps. You’ll find out the principles of creating fast, effective and efficient visualisations and she’ll show you the essential tips and tricks every V-Ray Rhino user should know.

In this webinar you’ll learn how to set up:

  • The camera
  • The environment
  • Lighting
  • Shading
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Rendering settings
  • Frame Buffer functionalities
  • Render Elements and compositing

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Tuesday 26th June, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST