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Making a laser in bryce

Making a laser in bryce

Making a laser in bryce

(OP)
I am trying to make a laser line in Bryce. What I've done so far is used a normal parallel light, then made one dimension very thin. I put the intensity all the way up, very little edge softness, no shadows, uniform dark red, and use gel. My problem is that the light breaks in many places, whereas I need an unwaivering laser line. Has anyone done this before? Any suggestions? Thanks.

RE: Making a laser in bryce

I haven't done this very much, but have you made your light source's attributes positive?  Just a shot in the dark.

Jay
"If the words up and down were reversed, would you trip and fall or trip and fly?"

RE: Making a laser in bryce

(OP)
It hadn't even occurred to me to mess with those options. I made the laser positive, but it changed nothing. Some other things I tried were making it negative and the object it's shining on positive then grouping - that actually made a slice in the object to my surprise (I didn't know you could do that with lights), but even then the slice was not complete - it had those breaks in it. Thanks for the idea though Jay. The object the laser is pointed on (it's a hollowed out box with about 20 spheres filling it) is using a very simple texture (or lacktherof) so I'm sure it's not being reflected or anything. Perhaps Bryce has these breaks built into the light because it looks more realistic...

RE: Making a laser in bryce

hmm....try using the forums at www.poserforums.net
It's specialized for bryce and poser environs..I just found it a few days ago and it's a pretty good site from what I've seen so far!  You can post what you have (picture) for all to see and perhaps it will make it a little easier to help ya out.

Forum ScreenName Mystik271

Jay
"If the words up and down were reversed, would you trip and fall or trip and fly?"

RE: Making a laser in bryce

(OP)
Thanks, I went there. It's www.poserforum.net btw, so no one gets that broken link. Here's what I'm doing:

RE: Making a laser in bryce

Have you tried altering the angle of your light or view?  It almost looks like the light isn't high enough, or the camera angle is obscuring the light that appears broken...

Jay
"If the words up and down were reversed, would you trip and fall or trip and fly?"

RE: Making a laser in bryce

Another thing you might try is to turn the volumetric world on. This will definitly slow render tiume, but can also do some handy things with light. Just a shot in the dark really.

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