RenderMan undeniably has a special place in our industry.
Whether you’re experiencing it on a large scale at the cinema, tinkering with it yourself at home or in the studio, or even queuing in the Teapot Line at SIGGRAPH, there’s something magnetic about Pixar’s famous rendering engine.
In this exciting issue, we’ve spoken to Pixar about how RenderMan has become the render engine of choice for many studios and how you can achieve Pixar quality yourself, whether at home or at work.
Part of this is another exclusive Pixar tutorial that reveals how you can use RenderMan to upgrade a ZBrush workflow. We’ve also spent time with key personnel from The Good Dinosaur, who reveal the ins and outs of Disney Pixar’s latest blockbuster.
Of course, as well as the four bitesize tutorials in our RenderMan feature, we’ve also put together another typically world-beating array of expert CG tutorials, including hyperrealism in 3ds Max, stunning lighting effects using Octane for Maya, an awesome interior arch-vis tutorial, dust effects using KeyShot and Photoshop, 3ds Max and V-Ray hair and fur techniques and a superb plane tracking and compositing masterclass in Blender!
Enjoy the mag and, as ever, feel free to contact us with your thoughts.
This issue there is also a massive 12GB of free resources courtesy of some really cool people to download for free from FileSilo.co.uk when you buy the magazine.
Your free downloads this month are:
• Over five hours of premium RenderMan video tuition from the experts at Pluralsight Creative (formerly Digital-Tutors)
• Downloadable Maya scene files from Disney Pixar’s RenderMan team
• Three enormous HDRI maps courtesy of the guys at CGAxis
• 25 awesome textures from 3DTotal
• A huge selection of images, videos and files from our tutorials