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COBRASoft
11-06-2008, 12:29 PM
Hey,

Here is a test of needles of a pine tree done with FiberFX: http://www.newtek.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=65436&d=1225679743

C&C please :)

Greetings,
Sigurd

erikals
11-13-2008, 09:14 AM
I think it looks great,

but it could look even greater :)
what if you made it look more like this, iow,..
http://www.christmastrees-wi.org/images/fraser_fir_branch.JPG

-different light setup (hard to explain, the best thing is to experiment)
-more reflection on the branches (or glossy specular)
-less random pins if you can, (the pins on the branches are not quite random, only a little)
-try using a HDR image, just to see the effect of it, it should help also.
-more rounded shape in the front

I love the detail though, if you tweak this to look more realistic it could look really sweet :)

COBRASoft
11-17-2008, 12:00 PM
Erikals: thanks for the suggestions. I've tried to achieve most of them: HDRI, reflections, less random (although this can still be improved), ...

http://www.newtek.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=66007&d=1226774516

erikals
11-17-2008, 11:22 PM
Looks much better, more clean and crisp :)

Work a bit on the brown bark, many ppl tend to focus on that area too.

(they look very different, depending on what tree is is,...)
http://images.google.no/images?hl=no&q=pine%20branch&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi


takes quite long to get it right, a keyword here is patience :)

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