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Hojeong Yu asked ·

Could anybody make a glow ball using 3ds MAX? I can find only it for Maya

Hi,

I am trying to make a glow ball, but cannot find any tutorial for 3ds MAX.

Could any body do it and upload an example?

Thank you in advance.

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What's a glow ball? Is that a mesh light?

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Mads Drøschler answered ·

We can exploit the fact that volume materials are mediums and so, if light is calibrated in them in confined spaces and clamped, they will glow.

Try these settings as a start point on a volume material you put on a object offset from your geometry you want to give light into the surrounding atmosphere. You set the actual light spheres material to some emmission to control its visual look, and you make an Arnold light and assign the mesh so the mesh becomes a light, you need both to get surface blowout and atmosphere bleed.

You need to adjust several parameters on the volume material until you get the right clamped look you are after, technically it will work fine.

You can make it as big or small as you like, just make sure to clamp before you reach max radius, else the edge will show.

I attached a max 2019 file you can inspect.


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Hi Mads,

It's great!!! Thank you so much!

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Hi Mad's,

I'm unable to open your example because I don't have 2019. I've attempted to recreate this but nothing will pass through my volume material (it's completely black). Any idea where I'm going wrong? Banging my head against the wall :s

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Hojeong Yu answered ·

Hi Mads,

It's great!!! Thank you so much!

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Hojeong Yu answered ·

combine.jpg

This is what I meant. Emission won't be enough to give the surrounding effect


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Lee Griggs answered ·

You could also try using Emission.

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