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Lightning Fast Animation in Element 3D by Ty Audronis

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Shading in Element 3D

Yay! We can finally start using Element 3D in a book about Element 3D! Are you ready to paint your objects and get down to business? Well, ready or not, here we go.

The first thing that you need to know is if you've ever textured before in a 3D program, you're going to be scratching your head. The parameters (some, not all) are not really what you think they are. For instance, refraction is usually a term that applies to ray tracing. (Ray tracing is the process of literally tracing the light that would hit the lens of a camera as it reflects, refracts, or casts shadows.) As Element does not have ray tracing, what is refraction? Well, the result is still the same with the background layers, but other objects within the same ...

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