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Nick Lyons
Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:13:27 am

Hi,

I'm trying to get this hair to look like a more realistic and less flat sea anemone(see image below). I'll be messing with the lighting to see if that makes a difference, but I'm going for this look (http://www.3dtotal.c...anemones_13.jpg). I really like the texture, plus it has depth.

Any ideas? Here is a picture of my hair below and the r12 file.

picture of where Im at: http://i.imgur.com/jbVyr.jpg

file: http://www.mediafire.com/?fjblze6gs0ijgil


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Brian Jones
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 3:18:25 am

the image is at http://www.3dtotal.com/tutorial/3d_studio_max/hair_and_fur_in_3ds_max/image...


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Nick Lyons
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 1:53:25 pm

I think I've come to a compromise with the scene. I was messing around the instancer, but it was too poly heavy, so I upped the AA on the hair and increased the segments. Looks a little better, not exactly what I wanted, but not bad either.


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Brian Jones
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 2:40:25 pm

have you tried setting the hair to Generate splines and Sweep a circle along those?


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Nick Lyons
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 2:47:52 pm

Not a bad idea at all. Is there a way I can get a circular tip to my hair? Right now it's flat using a circle spline.
thanks


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Brian Jones
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 6:18:57 pm

I think you are using the Circle option in the Generate tab of the Hair? I was thinking of using the Spline option (which generates only splines - no visible hair at all) and place the Hair object and a Circle Spline into a SweepNurb. You can control the shape of the sweeepnurb with the Object tab Detail/Scale setting. You'd have to increase the hair's Guide segments to get some good control over the tip. That may be too much geometry depending on what you have in the scene and your hardware but a quick test looked pretty good here. I can't send that file now but I could later.


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Nick Lyons
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 27, 2011 at 8:37:46 pm

Thanks Brian. I think I got a similar result, but wouldn't mind seeing the file as well.


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Brian Jones
Re: Making Hair Look Like Sea Anemones (file and picture)
on Sep 28, 2011 at 3:32:02 am

After testing it's difficult to not have a bit of a point with the Sweep method but the right texture can help a bit. I tried something else using spline wrap with a cloned capsule to align along the hairs. It's pretty slow in 10.5 but not too bad in 13.

2995_anemone.c4d.zip


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