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Tony Falconeilluminating a lightbox
by on Jul 15, 2011 at 2:31:33 pm

I am trying to figure out how to make a graphic in a display box appear illuminated. (like a lightbox on a wall, with the image backlit)
Is there a special way to treat the material applied, or do you create an illusion of illumination by creating shadows and reflections, or some sort of aura around the frame of the image?
Or is it something like changing the opacity of the material, and placing a lighting effect coming through from the back maybe?
Any help with this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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Joseph W. BourkeRe: illuminating a lightbox
by on Jul 16, 2011 at 1:32:57 am

You can make the material translucent - I believe there's a switch for it in the material editor. This will allow you to backlight the graphic, them you can put a glow on it in video post.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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David ChappellRe: illuminating a lightbox
by on Jul 18, 2011 at 9:22:15 pm

If I was doing something similiar I would probably set the self-illumination of the texture containing your graphic to 100.

If you want a bit of light spill on the surrounding environment add a physical light to mimic the light - you'll have more control over the created shadow density & fall-off, etc.

David Chappell
Freelance Motion Graphics / 3D

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