A couple of days ago I started using Kirstens Viewer S20 Build 42 and I am so excited that I wanted to share with you guys. This is the best viewer I have ever used, hands down.
If you are in my friend list inworld, you have probably noticed the amount of times I crash on a daily basis. This happens to me often when shooting images with shadows. I am always looking for a better viewer and so far I am loving Kirstens Viewer S20 Build 42. It was released on Sunday and it’s been amazing so far.
It’s a combination of half mesh beta + half viewer 2.5. So it can render meshes and when I installed it, it actually recognized my video card and automatically setup optimal shadows and depth of field for me.
I plurked about it here last night and I got a lot of ims and comments in plurks of people asking me questions about the depth of field and how to turn that off since it is automatically enabled when you install this build. Also over the past few weeks a lot of people have contacted me about what windlight settings I use and more questions about shadows, so I thought another quick video tutorial is in order.
You can view the video here at this link and I’ve also embedded it below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxWFw_RESfk
Basically I just skimmed over what I do for windlight settings. I start with my windlight preset for shadows which I have available for download here and then I play with it more in the environment editor until I get it just to my liking.
For depth of field, you need to go to preferences > graphics > advanced > misc and there you will notice the three camera option sliders which you can adjust to reduce depth of field.
For enabling shadows and more details about Kirstens viewer you can watch and read my previous Kirstens Viewer video tutorial.
For those wondering what kind of computer I am running, you can view all of my system specifications in detail on my system specs page.
It was a lot of fun watching everyone plurk their depth of field and shadow shots last night. I look forward to seeing a lot more from all of you! Please send me your links inworld or on plurk or leave them in the comments here, I would really enjoy that! <3
» You can view all of my current tutorials on my tutorials page.
EDIT: I was just made aware of another depth of field tutorial on the blog Grid Expectations. It has a tutorial for depth of field on the mesh viewer which is awesome! She also shares the ctrl-0 trick which I think is a really important part of sl photography so make sure to check it out!
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