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Genesis with orbs - LuxRender via luxus

Reality 2 might be the king of LuxRender plugins for DAZ Studio, and with Reality 3 on the horizon, that is not likely to change, but for those of us looking for something a little more flexible in the way it interfaces with LuxRender, the recently released Luxus is very a very attractive option. A number of LuxRender's features are not supported by Reality, but Luxus opens the options all the way out, and even has fields for entering newly released code to incorporate the latest LuxRender features.

The problem here is that configuring LuxRender's render engine and materials are complex tasks, and can be daunting to DS users that are used to the relative safety of the neat and simple interface for 3Delight. This matter is certainly not helped with Luxus's hidden controls and anaemic manual (not that I want to diss on Spheric Labs - love the work!). The wiki is a fantastic resource for inquisitive users, but even then it can be hard to find one's way around.

Now, I don't claim to be a Lux master, but after spending a good deal of time with my head in the Wiki and experimenting with the engine I've discovered a number of things to simplify the problem of getting started. To this end I've put together a shortish guide to give new users a boost on the way. The guide is not intended to go into great detail about configuring specific materials or getting good renders.

Pt.1 - Luxus's hiden interface and the basics of setting up and understanding LuxRender materials, and lights.

Pt.2- Render settings (with brief coverage of different methods such as sampler, hybrid and SPPM), the LuxRender GUI, and there is also some information on setting up DOF

The first part of the guide is mostly only relevant to Luxus users, but the second does contain information relevant to new LuxRender users, and has some useful information for more experienced users that have not delved into the Wiki or LuxRender related forums. As I learn more about Lux it is likely I will update the guide and add new sections, or perhaps entirely new instalments.
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lizasart Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks this tutorial wil make using Luxus easier for me.
spearcarrier Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thank you for your tutorial. It's when folks like you thoughtfully give us plug and play directions that I can learn. (The manual? Ha ha ha ha. I've read aerodynamic space books that made better sense.)  

Of course I still can't get Luxrender to do anything or go anywhere, and I'm only getting a black render this morning. But it was a start.
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thanks dear :tighthug: very helpful for a Luxus rookie like yours truly
Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you're having fun with Lux. Let me know if I can help you out.
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks for the offer, I might do, I still haven't done that much in Lux, but I'm struggling with the metals. :faint: Just never seem to become shiny enough
Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Strange. Have you tried the shiny metal preset? It defaults as very reflective. Decreasing roughness makes something more reflective/shiny/glossy increasing does the reverse.
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I shall give it a try. Honestly, I haven't doodled that much. Too many nice weather days :) (I tend to tinker with such things on rainy sundays mostly :D)
Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect! Rainy day here. Guess it is time for some tinkering for me :D
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Yes, that's when we do it! I've been
quite a bit now and all serious 3D has been on hold!
lucia45 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I want to learn to use Luxus and have been overwhelmed so far whenever I try to use it. So many questions. But 3Delight is so limited and faking good lighting with it is becoming a (un)real pain.

Anyway, I perused your first tutorial and it is very good. I will get back to it later and see how it works practically. Thanks again for taking the time to do this.
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