- Tip 1: Master the Moving Methods
- Tip 2: Move the Camera or Move the Object?
- Tip 3: Group Objects for Convenience
- Tip 4: Source Your Objects
- Tip 5: Got a Glass? Get a Postcard
- Tip 6: Don't Fret About Printing Materials
- Tip 7: Partial Renders Are Fine
- Tip 8: Make Merged Copies of Renders
- Tip 9: Select Your Render Area
- Tip 10: Remember, It's Photoshop!
Tip 7: Partial Renders Are Fine
Rendering a 3D scene can take a very long time. After you start a render, an estimate of the remaining time is displayed in the info section at the bottom left of your window. Rendering takes place over multiple passes of the scene, each one refining a little more, smoothing the textures and shadows, and tightening the finished result.
But you don't need to wait for a render to complete! Pressing the Esc key stops a render in process. Even if you're producing a final render, you usually don't need to wait for the progress bar to reach 100% before stopping it. Most often, a render that's 50% complete—or sometimes as little as around 30%—will be adequate for the task in hand, especially if the object is just a small part of a larger scene (see Figure 7). Perfection is often for those with too much time on their hands.
Figure 7 Use the Esc key to stop a render when you're happy with it.