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Get started in Clarisse V4


The Gnomon Workshop has released Introduction to Clarisse V4, a complete starter guide to Isotropix’s powerful set dressing, look development and rendering software.

The five-hour tutorial, recorded by Independence Day: Resurgence lighting TD Alessandro Cangelosi, provides a step-by-step guide to creating a detailed natural environment in Clarisse iFX.

Everything you need to know to get up and running in Clarisse
Cangelosi begins by introducing Clarisse’s key tools and discussing basic workflows for manipulating complex production scenes in real time inside the software.

The training covers how to manage assets within the browser and attribute editor, how to merge hard-surface and vegetation assets in Alembic files, and navigate 3D views using interactive real-time rendering.

Cangelosi then covers depth of field, the creation of materials and shading groups using the node-based material editor, and how to manage scenes in Clarisse by organising groups, contexts and combiners.

He goes on to explore how to use particle systems to scatter plants across the scene, and how to light large environments using the sun light, dome light and IES profiles, plus other lighting techniques.

The tutorial also demonstrates the optimal render settings to balance image quality and speed.

As well as Clarisse iFX, the training covers the use of Terragen for landscape generation, and Fusion for final compositing work.

About the artist
Alessandro Cangelosi is a leading freelance lighting and FX TD, whose resume includes movies like Suspira and Independence Day: Resurgence and games trailers for Wolfenstein: The New Order and Dead Rising 3.

He has also worked on commercials and documentaries, and developed plugins and custom tools for 3ds Max. Alessandro is head of Proteus VFX School and teaches Houdini at ViFX in Italy.

Pricing and availability
Introduction to Clarisse V4 is available via an online subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, giving you access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $499/year.

Read more about Introduction to Clarisse V4 on The Gnomon Workshop’s website


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