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I've been working on some more techniques for grass...mainly ones that don't take so long to process and are more feasible thinking about time and budget when trying to complete a project.  

This is a different project but illustrated better my new workflow.  I rendered the top image with just a grass texture on the ground  (it seems like if the ground undulates a bit, that the resulting shadows help create a little more realism.)  Then, I created a small scattering of grass on a separate Podium file using the fur plug-in.  (as seen in the last image).  

I then went to Photoshop, and copied this grass image (and a couple copies of it)  over the grass in the whole  house image.  I made 2 separate copies of this new grass layer.  The first one I used "screen" as the blend mode and for the second one, I used "multiply" at about 50% transparency.  I think all of this layered together gives a pretty good impression of grass.  Best of all, after the fairly quick rendering of the grass, it only took about 5 minutes to accomplish.   I actually went ahead and rendered a few different versions of the grass file, which I now have in my texture files and I can quickly pull them out for future projects, speeding up the process even more.

I realize that you could only use this process if you understood Photoshop a bit, but still hopes it helps!


house wo grass.jpg  house with grass.jpg  grass 1.png 


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The landscape itself has a very nice feel to it. A little adjustment to the "behind the camera" image to improve the window reflection, would be less distracting. A for the lawn, I know I sound like a broken record but for a scene like this, since you are experimenting, try this:

It's easy.

  • It makes for a great lawn. 
  • It is one texture file.
  • You can get away with just the rendering but if you want, you can photo shop the edges to get a better lawn edge.
  • You can keep your ground plane completely flat to make it easier to model.

"adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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