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Vue™ 7 Beyond the Basics by Richard Schrand

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Adding Some Atmosphere

The scene you just built is nice enough, but it really doesn’t say much, does it? It has some basic lighting thanks to the base atmosphere and a little bit of haze in the background, but it does little to tell a story. It doesn’t grab the viewers and say “Come into my world and look around.” It merely sits there and says, “I’m a picture of a landscape. Oh boy!”

Starting with a generic atmosphere is all well and good, but it’s what you do with that atmosphere prior to saying the image or animation is complete that is really important. With both Vue and 7, the base atmosphere is a spectral atmosphere that allows us to add spectral clouds into the scene—the clouds that have depth and substance rather than the clouds in other ...

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