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Rendering & Compositing

I wanted to keep the compositing process very simple, so there were only two passes: the beauty pass, which contained everything including the sky (fortunately I had enough memory to render everything at once), and a distant fog pass, which was used as a layer mask with a blurred version of the sky (Fig.19).

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Fig. 19

Once the beauty pass was rendered, I kept updating the scene in Max while starting compositing in Photoshop. From this point I rendered only small regions of what changed and integrated them in the PSD file.

There are also two layers for older versions of the beauty pass (I like to compare the latest version to older ones, so I know if I'm still going in the right direction), and one layer for the birds (cranes), taken from a photograph. I color-corrected them and changed their position for better integration and composition.

Then I painted over the beauty pass to fix some minor issues that would have taken too long to do in Max. The rest was mainly color and contrast correction (Fig.20).

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Fig. 20

And here's the final image (Fig.21).

That's it, thanks for reading!

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Fig.21

To see more by Olivier Vernay-Kim, check out Prime - The Definitive Digital Art Collection



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Robert Kabwe on Wed, 12 June 2013 1:59am
This is one of my favorite scenes in games - a very magical moment, thanks for sharing how it's made
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Leviathansh on Fri, 21 September 2012 4:07pm
Love it :) What is your machine Spec?
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Antonis on Thu, 27 October 2011 11:01pm
Amazing work and also great tutorial.Thank you!
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Kazmohdim on Sun, 23 January 2011 12:43am
This is so useful. For my demo reel I was doing a medieval tavern and was going to do an English Country Side setting to place it in. The muddy road tutorial helps a lot. Thanks :D
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Amitabh Gogoi on Mon, 06 December 2010 4:48pm
Thanx for the tutorial. Sir, please help me for interior lighting in vray...
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FFFFF on Sun, 12 September 2010 8:32am
Awesome :)
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Catur on Sat, 07 August 2010 4:07am
great tutorial thanks d the shared
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Layth on Fri, 30 July 2010 7:46am
amazing work .. thank you for sharing
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Girish on Wed, 28 July 2010 4:08pm
Fabulous. I remember seeing this long back (if am not wrong). One of the best tuts I have seen.
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Neutrino (Forums) on Tue, 27 July 2010 8:52am
Great tutorial! Large amount of work and awesome result!Thank you :) it was useful for me
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Neutrino (Forums) on Tue, 27 July 2010 8:52am
Great tutorial! Large amount of work and awesome result!Thank you :) it was useful for me
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Neutrino (Forums) on Tue, 27 July 2010 8:52am
Great tutorial! Large amount of work and awesome result!Thank you :) it was useful for me
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Neutrino (Forums) on Tue, 27 July 2010 8:52am
Great tutorial! Large amount of work and awesome result!Thank you :) it was useful for me
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SuperHero on Mon, 26 July 2010 2:35pm
Really loved the image and tutorial indeed. thx a bunch for the effort you put into making this tutorial :)
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