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Creating an Asteroid
Added on: Wed Sep 06 2000
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Now assign the spacewarp to the main stream particle system. Look at it's motion now, it is more chaotic and less motionless.

Go to the material editor again and for the main system material make the material effects channel 8 and for the front flares material make the material effects channel 4.

What is next is we want to give it more of a glow and rednes, go to the render menu and choose video post, click on the add scene event icon and then add the add image filter event button. Choose glow from the drop down box that apears and click okay. Double click on the menu and choose setup from the pop up box. First of all deselect object ID box and choose effects ID and type in 4.
Click on preferences and under effect choose size: 14. Go down to colour and click on user and select an orange colour (R: 255 G: 60 B: 0) and change the intensity to 18.0.

Click on okay and then add another image scene event and make it a glow. Click on okay and then double click on it again and then click on set up, the reason we exit out and then enter back in before we use setup is because if you go directly in without clicking on okay first then you cannot do vp que previews.

Now once again deselect object ID and select effects ID and change it to 8, under preferences make the size 3 and the softness 18 after making the colour type gradient. Under gradients make the radial colour have three colours, the first is orange (R: 255 G: 141 B: 0) and the middle colour red (R: 255 G: 35 B: 0) and the last colour at the end orange (R: 255 G: 114 B: 0) and make the radial transparency have three colours too, the first is light grey (RGB 154) and the middle darker grey (RGB 97) and the last completely black.

Next for the circular colour adjust the first colour to be orange (R: 255 G: 102 B: 0) and the last colour to be red (R: 255 G: 0 B: 0) for radial size and circular ransparency make the first colour bright white and the last colour pitch black.
Under inferno make the radial transparency bright white. Click okay, in the video post now render out a pic to see what it looks like. It should look something like below.

Final look


From here you should have covered lighting, materials, particles and video post glow. From here it is up to you to experiment and explore more of the max functions available to you.

You can download the max file for this tutorial:

You can download the video of this asteroid: asteroid.avi
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