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Vue™ 7 Beyond the Basics by Richard Schrand

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Putting Your Head in the Clouds

Now it’s time to turn our attention to the skies. You’ve been grounded for a long enough time. This section will deal strictly with cloud manipulation, though not the actual Atmosphere Editor. Not yet, at least.

Vue 7 comes with its new Spectral 2 clouds, which add a much more realistic appearance to the clouds in your scene. As with everything else in Vue, the clouds are able to be manipulated in the same way EcoSystems and materials can be manipulated. In this section, we’ll look at special cloud effects—not Godrays or colorizing the clouds, but literally molding them to our will.

Molding Clouds to Our Will

While Vue comes with a number of high-quality preset cloud materials, they don’t fit every scene you ...

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