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    Rendering techniques

    The first thing you should do is set the height of your added lights to 60 inches +-, that should get rid of the pronounced light wash on the ceiling. To make the scene brighter, try switching on Photon Mapping (in the Advanced tab). If you go this route, be sure that you have a roof over the room you are rendering to avoid light leakage where the walls meet the ceiling. Another important factor is learning the functions of the Ambient Light settings (Lighting tab), I like to use Ambient Occlusion settings of .5 - 3.5 as a starting point. The rest is just experimenting to learn the functions of the settings. There are several excellent videos on the Chief website which you should watch Once you start to understand the many settings in the Ray Trace DBX, you'll be able to create great looking renderings. Eric
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    Your terrain looks better that mine (at least from the angle you showed), I'd appreciate if you could send your changes.
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    I'll give that a try.
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    Thanks for the tip on retaining walls, that made a difference. I still can't get the terrain elevation to mathc the patio perfectly but with the camera angle I'm using, you can't tell.
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    I tried that earlier but it had no effect.
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    Here's the full working file with the actual patio. R1--Duhamel-Patio-terrian modified
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    Building a patio into sloped terrain

    One more try... Sunken Patio in Sloping
  8. I am trying to create a sunken patio in sloping terrain. The problem I am having is getting a smooth drop in the grade of the lot without distorting the patio which needs to remain flat. The attached sample file shows what I am trying to achieve with the grey circle representing the area where he patio will be. I tried to subtract this area from the terrain perimeter but found that I cannot subtract and object from terrain like I can with a polyline solid. I've been back and fourth with tech support but so far they have not been able to find a solution. Any ideas? Sunken Patio in Sloping
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    These look great! I especially like your textures for the grass and greenery over the pergola, where did you find them?
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    Zebrawood flooring

    Thank you both, I'll try them out.
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    Zebrawood flooring

    I'm looking for a high quality image of Zebrawood flooring.
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    Zebrawood flooring

    Does anyone have a high quality image of Zebrawood flooring?
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    Looking for texture...

    Here's one that's pretty close.
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    Robdyck - To eliminate the "hot spot" on the ceiling, try reducing the elevation of your added light, 60-72 inches a.f.f.usually does the trick for me.