✱ Maxwell Render for Bonzai3d - General Overview and Getting Started Guide

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In this first video in the series, I cover how to download and install the Maxwell Render suite of applications and the Bonzai3d plugin. Then I give an overview of the plugin settings including a breakdown of all of the important switches and settings you need to know about. Then I give you a quick recipe covering the basic ingredients needed to get a great looking rendering with a minimal setup.

The overview also includes an explanation of how changes can be made before, during or after the rendering using the sliders to change the camera’s ISO and Shutter Speed without re-rendering, giving you the ability to tweak exposure and other attributes on the fly. 

Here’s the link to the online camera simulator I talk about in the video for help in understanding the way SLR cameras work.

Next: Part 2 - Working with Materials for Rendering

Update

on 2011-06-03 21:12 by Evan Troxel

A question was asked in the comments for this post and I thought I'd share what came out of it here in case it's a question anyone else is having.

Hello Evan... excellent videos. I'm using the Sketchup plugin but you have really explained the core of Maxwell very clearly. Looking forward to next one about materials... One question if I can. How to choose rendering size... would maxwell produce large size rendering ? like A3 size @300dpi? ...this is something which is very simple to do in Artlantis and I find it bit confusing in the Maxwell for Sketchup plugin.

Thanks,

Tony

Great question Tony. It's not very intuitive, so here's how to do it:

Maxwell_Scene_Manager_SketchUp.jpg
  1. Open the Scene Manager
  2. Click on the Camera tab
  3. Set the mode to Custom
  4. Enter the size you want. Put in pixel dimemsions. So if you want 11"x17" @ 300dpi, multiply the inches by the desired DPI. You'd enter 3300 x 5100 (This will take a really long time to render. I 've found that 2500 width is good for just about everything). The only thing Maxwell is concerned with is DPI. You can then take the render into a program like photoshop and shuffle the pixels so that you get 300dpi @ 11x17 under the Image Size adjustment dialog box.
  5. Send the file to Maxwell Render

Hopefully this helps! If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.