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News: Free Megascans for Unreal Engine, Substance Updates, and More

November 13, 2019 - By 

Big news in the material creation world. Megascans is now free for Unreal Engine 4 users, Substance announces updates to Painter and Alchemist, and more.

There have been quite a few large announcements in the 3D world lately. Let’s take a glimpse at what is going on in the industry.

Epic Games and Quixel Join Forces

Quixel, makers of Megascans, have announced that they have joined forces with Epic Games. Not only does this create amazing opportunities for Quixel, it makes immediate changes to Megascans users.

Megascans is now free for use with Unreal Engine

The entire Megascans library is now completely free for use with Unreal Engine. UE4 users have free unlimited access to all Megascans through Bridge and Mixer.

If you are already using Megascans with UE4, Quixel will refund all of your subscriptions for 2019.

Megascans subscription prices lowered

Megascans pricing has been cut in half, regardless of DCC, engine, or renderer you use.

Bridge and Mixer 2020 will be 100% free

The upcoming 2020 versions of Bridge and Mixer will be 100% free for everyone, with no subscription required and both fully featured.

Bridge 2020 introduces an improved browsing experience, nearly a hundred new collections, improve search, and powerful filtering.

Quixel has also implemented an AI search feature that finds all the assets in any image you feed it, essentially making environment planning much easier, whether you have real-world references or concept art.

Mixer 2020 introduces 3D Painting, Real-time 3D Curvature, Smart Materials and more. The update also introduces 3D Blur, Grouping, Map-specific Blending, Advanced AO Mixing, Box Projection, Material ID Masking, 3D Position Gradients and 3D Normals to name a few, as another step on the path to making Mixer the ultimate, and now free, texturing app.

The new free Mixer and Bridge 2020 will be released later this year.


Adobe Max 2019

At the annual Adobe Max conference in LA, Adobe announced many of their big updates for Creative Cloud and Substance.

Substance 2019 Updates

Substance has it’s own time to shine at Adobe Max during the Substance Day presentations. Here’s what we learned about new features and tools coming to Substance.

Project Captis

Project Captis may be the most exciting announcement for material makers. Substance and HP collaborated on a scanner prototype that would allow anyone to create scanned materials.

Connected to Substance software, Captis will generate PBR materials for 3D rendering based on physical sample.

Image via Adobe/HP.

HP and Adobe will deliver Project Captis to partners across various industries, including game development, ecommerce, architecture and fashion, among others. Project Captis kicks off at Adobe MAX and will run through 2020.

“HP is at the forefront of bridging digital and physical worlds by providing a comprehensive ecosystem of tools and solutions to the creative community, and we will continue to progress as the landscape and needs of creators evolve,” said Alex Cho, president, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “Today, with Adobe and Project Captis, we are raising the bar for how creative pros manage their digital workflows and evolve their craft.”

Image via HP.

“At Adobe we’re passionate about building tools and services empowering digital artists,” said Sebastien Deguy, VP of 3D & Immersive, Adobe. “Our collaboration with HP through Project Captis takes us one step closer to the fastest and most efficient way for creatives to digitalize materials and use them in their 3D design process.” – HP

Substance Painter

New in Substance Painter, users can now import their favorite Photoshop brushes.

Image via Adobe/Substance.

Starting with the next Substance Painter release, you’ll be able to import and use .ABR brushes in your favorite 3D texturing app. We also announced opacity blending and pressure sensitivity improvements, bringing the painting experience closer than ever to Photoshop’s.

Substance Alchemist

Substance Alchemist is officially out of Beta. It features an improved layer stack, the ability to share projects with other users, and an improved delighter.

The team is also working on a new fully automatic tiling filter, born from the collaboration between Adobe Research and the Substance Alchemist team. Ever used the Content-Aware fill in Photoshop? We now use the same technology to remove seams on the edges of your input image automatically, and soon a full material at once! This new algorithm is faster, doesn’t require any tweaking, and often produce better results than the previous methods.

Image via Adobe/Substance.

Sketchfab will also be integrated into Substance. More than 220,000 free models from Sketchfab will be available to download in Substance Painter and Adobe Dimension. There will also be 35 new free characters on Mixamo.

Image via Adobe/Substance.

After Effects Updates

For After Effects users, Adobe updated the app for better performance speed. 9 to 5 Mac reports,

You can now expect smooth, fluid playback of cached video previews. A new version of Cinema 4D, bundled with After Effects, can be opened as a standalone application. Caps and bevel tools have been added.

Check out this overview from the team at School of Motion.

In other Creative Cloud news, Adobe Photoshop will now be available on iPads, with Illustrator for iPads coming soon behind it in 2020.


Greyscalegorilla Plus

 

After a successful VIP launch, Greyscalegorilla Plus is now available to everyone. The subscription platform gives members instant access to the renowned professional training guides as well as new exclusive training series for Cinema 4D, Houdini, and much more.

Before the end of the year, Arnold training will be available to members, as well as additional Quick Tips, and training on concepts like animation and the ACES color workflow.

Want a preview of Greyscalegorilla Plus? Stream example lessons and explore the membership overview.

Also included with membership is complete access to the entire Greyscalegorilla Material Collection library.

Everyday Material Collection

Plus members get instance access to the Everyday Material Collection, Modern Surface Material Collection, and Texture Kit Pro. That’s over 600 drag-and-drop materials for Cinema 4D included with a membership.

Interested in joining? Learn more about Greyscalegorilla Plus.


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Exclusive New Pro Training and Last Chance Savings | Greyscalegorilla Plus

October 18, 2019 - By 

Here is your Fall 2019 Greyscalegorilla Plus update, featuring all the new training and downloads that members can access now and in the coming months.

When Greyscalegorilla Plus was first conceived, the goal was to bring you all of Greyscalegorilla’s industry-leading professional training series in one place at one low price. Starting with the Guides to Cinema 4D, Redshift, X-Particles, and other pro training series, Greyscalegorilla Plus quickly became a platform where we could give members so much more.

Today, not only can you stream the training guides and exclusive new training series, members also get access to our popular drag-and-drop material collections. All of our material collections will be in Greyscalegorilla Plus before the end of the year, and even more assets and downloads are on the way.

Render via Zachary Corzine’s Procedural Systems.

Greyscalegorilla Plus is growing at a rapid pace, and things are not slowing down anytime soon. The team just introduced new Head of Plus, Todd Blankenship, who will oversee the release of new training series, downloads, and more.

He has already put together a new quick overview of Greyscalegorilla Plus so he can introduce himself and show you what’s already inside.

Take of tour of Greyscalegorilla Plus by clicking here to checkout the lesson previews

Join before October 31st, and you will get over $1500 in pro training and product downloads for only $348. That’s just $29 a month. The price goes up on November 1st, so don’t miss out. Head over to the Greyscalegorilla Plus page to join, and use discount code NEW2PLUS at checkout to save $120.

Curious to know what is coming to Greyscalegorilla Plus? Let’s dive into a few of the Fall 2019 releases Read More


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Welcome Todd Blankenship, Head of Greyscalegorilla Plus

October 15, 2019 - By 

The Greyscalegorilla team continues to grow with our newest team member, Todd Blankenship.

Todd Blankenship joins us as the Head of Greyscalegorilla Plus. He will be leading our professional training efforts, producing new lessons and series, and even teaching members some tips and tricks he has learned over the years.

Todd has worked with Greyscalegorilla in the past, creating our 4K dust elements, shooting Area Light Maps HDRI, and even cutting trailers like the one for the Modern Surface Material Collection.

He has hit the ground running, already having produced a new preview of what’s inside Greyscalegorilla Plus.

Take of tour of Greyscalegorilla Plus by clicking here to checkout the lesson previews

He has quite the history cutting hundreds of trailers for movies, television shows, and web series. Read More


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The 3D Design + Motion Tour is Coming to a City Near You (Get 25% Off)

August 27, 2019 - By 

Join fellow 3D artists and motion designers around the world at the 3D Design + Motion Tour. Save 25% on your ticket price with this special offer code.

Maxon has teamed up with AdobeNvidiaDell, Perception, Greyscalegorilla, and Pixel Plow to bring you an epic tour unlike any other motion design event. 26 major cities with dozens of speakers, special guests, and software for you to take home.

3D Design + Motion Tour

The 3D Design + Motion Tour runs September 4 – December 10, 2019 in 26 different cities around the world.

Attendees can expect to see presenters and guest panels featuring motion design and VFX artists like Andrew Kramer, Nick Campbell, EJ Hassenfratz, Chris Schmidt, and many more! Read More


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What Version of Cinema 4D Should I Buy or Subscribe to?

August 8, 2019 - By 
What Version of Cinema 4D Should I Buy or Subscribe to? - Guide Featured

With several options to choose from, which version of Cinema 4D is right for you? Follow along with this guide to choose the right version or subscription.

In an attempt to simplify the entire purchasing process, Maxon has eliminated the various versions of Cinema 4D (Studio, Prime, Broadcast, etc) and has announced that going forward there will be only one version of C4D.

While choosing the right version of Cinema 4D has now become a lot easier, choosing the right subscription bundle has users scratching their heads.

So let’s dive into the new options to pick which is right for you.

Cinema 4D Purchasing Options

Cinema 4D is available as either a one-time purchase with the perpetual license or as an ongoing subscription. Read More


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Our Thoughts on the New Mac Pro for 3D and Motion Design

June 3, 2019 - By 

The new Mac Pro has finally been revealed. Is it powerful enough to get us to switch back to Mac?

All images via Apple.

It’s been 6 years since the last Mac Pro redesign, and the “trash can” mac left much to be desired.  You couldn’t upgrade the machine, it was under-powered, and it was overpriced.

We just learned about all the new laptops NVIDIA has planned for the year, but the big question remaining was if Apple would finally announce a new Mac Pro in 2019.

So where do we stand now? Well, the new Mac Pro returns to classic from and has overly embraced the cheese grater design of old. You are once again able to expand and upgrade the machine, but there is a big downside. Still no NVIDIA support. Let’s dive into the details. Read More


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Choosing the Best Lighting Plugin for Motion Graphics and 3D Renders

May 30, 2019 - By 
Choosing the Best Lighting Plugin for Motion Graphics and 3D Renders - Featured

Trying to figure out how to get realistic reflections in your 3D renders? Want to add a colorful pop to your mograph? Check out these helpful lighting plugins and tools.

We have always stood by the words, “the best looking 3D always comes down to lighting and texturing.” That has always been part of the Greyscalegorilla mission statement dating back to the original Light Kit Pro plugin.

Lighting with Light Kit Pro 3.

Now with all the lighting options available to you, let’s figure out what tool is best for your own individual workflow. Read More


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New C4D Optimized Laptops, CPU vs GPU, and Minor Apple Updates

May 29, 2019 - By 

Better and faster, a look at the latest computer news to excite motion designers and 3D artists.

As the 2019 Computex conference gets underway, there’s some exciting news out of the technology show already. Read up on the latest laptops for NVIDIA claimed to rival the MacBook Pro, as well as big news from AMD and more.

NVIDIA

First up, NVIDIA has announced a new line of laptops that will run their RTX cards. In total, there will be 17 new NVIDIA laptops from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, and Razer.

In a write up over on TechCrunch,

The 17 laptops will be equipped with Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 or 3000 GPUs or GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Nvidia claims they can perform up to seven times faster than the MacBook Pro. Studio laptops with Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs will have 16GB of graphics memory, and some of the devices will also have 4K displays and Nvidia’s Max-Q tech for building thin and lightweight laptops, enabling incredible performance and longer battery life.

Image via NVIDIA.

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New 3D Dust Particulate and 4K Dust Elements

May 7, 2019 - By 

Introducing two new assets packs for all your dusty renders and composites.

An exciting new type of product just landed in the Greyscalegorilla store. The new 3D Dust Particulate and 4K Dust Elements packs bring a powerful 1-2 punch to your next project. Better yet, you can combine the two packs and save with the Dust Elements BundleRead More


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BREAKING NEWS: Maxon Acquires Redshift Rendering Technologies

April 8, 2019 - By 

MAXON takes a bold step in its acquisition of Redshift, one of the most popular third-party render engines for 3D artists and motion designers.

Today at NAB 2019, Maxon CEO David McGavran announced the acquisition of Redshift Rendering Technologies. At the Maxon booth, McGavran and Redshift co-founder Nicolas Burtnyk shared the stage during the live announcement on c4dlive.com.

In a press release, McGavran shared,

“Rendering can be the most time-consuming and demanding aspect of 3D content creation. Redshift’s speed and efficiency combined with Cinema 4D’s responsive workflow make it a perfect match for our portfolio.”

Redshift co-founder Nicolas Burtnyk went on to say,

“We’ve always admired Maxon and the Cinema 4D community, and are thrilled to be a part of it… We are looking forward to working closely with Maxon, collaborating on seamless integration of Redshift into Cinema 4D and continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible with production-ready GPU rendering.”

Redshift already supports Cinema 4D, as well as other 3D apps Maya, 3DS Max, Houdini, and Katana. Read More


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MoGraph News: Updates to After Effects, Redshift, Octane, Arnold, and More

April 3, 2019 - By 
MoGraph News: Updates to After Effects, Redshift, Octane, Arnold, and More - Featured

Get the latest on the new version of After Effects, learn about GPU render updates from GTC, and find about about the new features in X-Particles.

Image via Adobe.

Tons of news and updates as we head into NAB 2019. Are you headed to the 2019 NAB Show? Be sure to join us at the many events like the MoGraph Meetup and Maxon Booth presentations. Swing by for some GSG Swag.

Let’s dive into what’s new.

New in Adobe CC and After Effects

Adobe seems to be on a tear lately. After their acquisition of Allegorithic, makers of Substance, the company has now made big updates to the Creative Cloud. Adobe has just added support for Substance materials in Adobe Dimension.

Image via Adobe. (Featuring The Happy Toolbox 3D Models)

Tons of new features were just released in the latest version of After Effects. You’ve likely seen headlines for Content-Aware fill for video, which many thought was just an April Fool’s Day prank. Jokes on them, the feature is available now. Read More


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The Killer New Tools and Features in X-Particles

April 3, 2019 - By 

The new X-Particles gives you control of shattering, squishing, and exploding down to the particle level. Learn more about this big update.

INSYDIUM has released details on stellar new X-Particles features like xpShatter, xpDynamics, and xpQuickTools. These new features are available now with the Early Access Programme.

What’s New in X-Particles

The first big update is xpShatter, a particle based shattering system. The new object-breaking engine was designed to work seamlessly with the new xpDynamics.

Here’s a great overview from Bob Walmsley.

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