Tutorial time again and today is kinda like a follow up on previous tutorials. For those of you who have thought about combining these and doing something new, this is gonna be a favorite!
I really like this tutorial and the bonus at the end, so check it out!
GOD is beyond words awesome!
In case you were wondering where you can watch the previous tutorials mentioned, you can check out these or check the description:
- Water Reflections
- Garden Sprinkler
- Water Ripples
- Course Sprinkler
- The bonus section
GOD has such a cool way of throwing amazingly cool, but extremely hard problems my way. Recently, HE threw post Anti Aliasing at me. I had no clue, but HE simply told me to test based on contrast at the width of 1 px. Of course this was not the way it would end, but it was the way HE got me out of the starting gates at such a pace that I was floored - and extremely frustrated, hahaha. I compared the results I got with Blender's built in AA and for the most part, it continued to suck for a few days until GOD helped me refine the approach and little by little HE led me to what I get to share with you all today:
- 1 for images
- 1 for text
Of course you can use both for both, but honestly, stick with them for their intended purposes if you want the best result. If you have an image with text on it, then just stick with the image one.
Anyway, this gem of a group node, though heavy on memory, is such a blessing, because it literally, and I kid you not, cut my render times by just over 50%! SERIOUSLY! 50% faster! Where do you get that kind of speed boost after so many optimizations!!! My render times went from 1:40 to just 00:40 for the applied example!! GOD is so amazing!!!
Of course, I know mine isn't as good as Blender's built-in AA, but it sure is worth it for the most part. Honestly, I would still encourage you to use Blender's built in AA where you can. If you have to get something done and super high quality isn't demanded this is the tool that will make your toolbox glint without the sun shining on it! hahaha.
Of course, the node groups are not just limited to the new AA nodes. Nope! There are a few filters as well as the Quick category nodes and the 2Depth nodes, which includes the 2D to 3D conversion nodes as well as the 3D storage conversion nodes as well.
My personal fav has to be the 10layer defocus. GOD is so amazing! When HE suggested the 10 layer defocus, I was so surprised by the idea, but knew in theory it should work. So I started creating it and like the postAA node, it really blossomed into a finished product. I will add this though - because it is only 10 layers, it is not super gradual, so take it easy on expecting it to work perfectly. It will work well, but within reason - the same with all the other node groups.
As far as coding these nodes go, I'm not in a position to do that at all. I don't know C, C+ or C++ and I don't know how to work with pixel filters. Not to mention building blender and and and. This does severely limit the speed (coded nodes just work faster than groups) and functionality of the nodes (layer limitations), but don't let that deter you - they really do give great results and I know you will luv using them!
Download Link for Anti-Aliasing node as well as others:
I do not keep an active release log, because it's too sporadic and random, haha. I know you'll enjoy them and get a lot out of them. Keep an eye on the page for new node groups as GOD gives them to me!
Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with this. I had to work on this one a while and learn a few new things. Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D
Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"
To find out more, you can check out this link:
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D
Have a great one!!!
Posted by Marius Oberholster. Posted In : Tutorials