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TCMAC v10 Pro - question on Rendering using imported Background Jpeg
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* May 05, 2017, 09:28:51 PM
I have created a 3D product which I have successfully Rendered. Very happy and impressed with the results. I now want to save the Rendered Image along with one of my own imported Jpeg backgrounds to create a truly Photorealistic picture. When I select 'Render to file' it only saves the Rendered product without the Background. I assume this is because only predefined images from the library will achieve this and not the 'import file' route that I took. Can I add one of my own images to the library ?

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* May 08, 2017, 01:15:13 AM
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Hi Bish,

Welcome to the forum!

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Can I add one of my own images to the library ?

Not any way that I know of. However, you can use your image as a decal and render that. First, you need to put your image into the Texture folder. Go to your Application folder and right click on the TC app icon, click on "Show Package Contents", double click on "Contents", Resources, then "PhotoRender". Drag your image into the "Textures" folder. Close all the windows.

Launch TC and load your drawing. A decal needs to be placed on a surface so use the rectangle tool to make a rectangle the size you want the image to be. Select the "Cover" tool and make the rectangle a cover surface. Go to the "Render Library" -> "Decals" and put a decal in the center of your surface, any decal will work, we just want the decal data palette to work with. In the Inspector with the decal selected look in "Object Properties" -> "Data" tab. Set the decal using the height and width data boxes to make your decal cover the surface. Change "Masking" to "Factor", move the Factor slider to the right, Logo is set to "Image", and Image is set to your image that you put in the Texture folder. Click Apply and render it. Put your model in front of it and render again, hope this works for you.

Enjoy
Mitch

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* May 09, 2017, 02:28:31 PM
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Hi Mitch
Indeed you know your stuff. That is a workaround and a half but it looks like its gonna work. Thankyou very much for super quick response. Very happy now
cheers Bish

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* May 10, 2017, 12:40:42 AM
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Bish,

I'm glad that is working for you. How about posting your image in the gallery when you are done. Love to see it!

Enjoy
Mitch

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* May 12, 2017, 01:47:35 PM
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Hi Mitch
Yes for sure but not yet. Product in secret development phase if you know what I mean. Have several others coming along too that need the rendering magic applied. Watch this space. Loving the power of TC especially now I know there are people out there to assist. The 'repair' feature in V10 is fantastic !!!
cheers Bish

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* July 13, 2017, 05:39:44 AM
#5
Hi Mitch
Further to the conversation below I have noticed a new quirk with build 1321 on V10. I was using a previous build (not sure what one) and decided to download 1321 as it fixed that issue someone else raised about the fly-by and walkthrough functions not saving correctly. All was well but now I notice when Rendering with an imported jpeg or tif as a Decal on a covered surface that the resulting Render has horizontal lines on it when I 'Render to File'. There are more lines when I save with a higher Pix number. For info it looks ok when I test the same thing using V9.
Any thoughts ? Bish

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* July 13, 2017, 10:07:37 PM
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The current build for V10 is 1340 found here:

http://tcmacforum.imsisupport.com/index.php?topic=2660.0

Build 1321 has some issues, I can't remember what, too many to keep track of.

The only issue that I am aware of causing lines in rendering are two surfaces on top of each other. Say you have a wall surface that is rendered blue but you don't want the entire wall that color. You place a cover surface on the wall and set that to green. When you render it you will get green and blue stripes. The problem here is the program is having a problem determining which surface is on top, sometimes the wall is and sometimes the cover surface is, the fix here is to move the cover surface away from the wall just a hair.

Enjoy
Mitch


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* July 14, 2017, 06:56:56 AM
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Hi Mitch
Thanks for the info. I loaded build 1340 thinking that may be the cure. Whatever I do the black lines are still there. I attach 2 x jpegs using the 'stained glass' decal/image saved on a covered square surface from the textures folder. One using V9 and the other using V10. Identical settings used to save as a file. The V10 has the black lines. :(
cheers Bish

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* July 15, 2017, 03:21:31 PM
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I have not been able to duplicate this issue using any .jpg files I have. Could you post your "stained glass" image for me to try? It's strange that V9 works but V10 fails.

Enjoy
Mitch

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* July 17, 2017, 03:28:01 AM
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Hi Mitch
I am using the stained glass image from the textures folder. But any jpg appears to have the same issue. The black lines vary slightly depending on the pixel value chosen when you save to file. So I have attached 2 x 'Render to file' images using V9 and V10. Both are a decal 20x20cm on a covered surface. I notice the values are slightly different on V9 as it saves as 2560x1315 but on V10 its 2560x1240 (not sure if that means anything). Please see attached
cheers Bish

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* July 17, 2017, 11:42:14 PM
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I didn't know that .jpg was part of the TC package, so many to look at. In any case, I'm not having a problem with it. I find it interesting that the lines extend beyond the image and continue across the entire drawing space. Is this on an external monitor? I have tried this on my MacBook Pro 2016 and my older MBP late 2008, both work. What OS are you using? I have used both El Capitan and MacOS Sierra.

Enjoy
Mitch

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* July 18, 2017, 09:56:49 AM
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Hi Mitch
ok well hmmmmm indeed.  No external monitor and I'm using quite a high spec 27inch iMac late 2015. 32gb ram 4ghz Intel i7, Sierra 10.12.5 with upgraded graphics card AMD Radeon R9 M395x 4096mb and 1TB ssd
If I cannot get to the bottom of this then perhaps I can do everything in V10 and then the final render from V9.
Thanks for your input to date
cheers Bish

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* July 19, 2017, 12:31:08 PM
#12
I don't have the hardware to test this so you might want to open a trouble ticket. Hopefully, the programmers can figure this out.

Enjoy
Mitch

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* July 21, 2017, 03:17:30 AM
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Thanks for trying Mitch. I have emailed them. If they fix it i'll let you know what the issue was.
cheers Bish

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