iToo Software have released a new tips and tricks episode that introduces Forest Effects, a feature introduced in Forest Pack 5 that allows users to extend the functionality of Forest Pack using expressions. In this tutorial they focus on the fundamentals, including using the bundled samples as well as how to import, organise and use effects from 3rd parties.
Here’s what the good people at iToo have had to say about the new feature :
“In Forest Pack 5 we released a brand new feature called Forest Effects. This allows you to extend the existing features of Forest Pack by adding new functionality from a library, importing them from individual files, or creating your own using expressions. Forest Pack 5 also includes a number of examples of effects that could be useful for your work and can act springboard to help you to learn to write your own.”
“When we created Forest Effects we envisaged two types of user. Effects Users who would download, install and use existing effects created by iToo or other artists. And Effects Authors who would create and use their own effects and hopefully share them within the studio and the wider online community. In this introductory tutorial we’ll focus on the former, and demonstrate how effects are imported and used, including an overview of the built in effects, how to run 3rd party effects and how to install effects files to the library for easy access and re-use.”
Included in the downloads for this tutorial are 10 new effects, including:
- Bend by exclude area
- Change tint colour by altitude
- Change items by altitude
- Change items by distance to boundary
- Animate frames by distance to object
- Animate frames by distance to boundary (exclude)
- Animation frames by distance to boundary (Include)
- Lock animation frames
- Offset animation
- Leaf fall animation
The files that come with this tutorial are only compatible with Forest Pack 5 and above.
Go ahead and check out the “Introduction to Forest Effects” tutorials page now.
The files that come with this series are compatible with 3DS Max 2010 – 2016, V-Ray and Forest Pack Pro and GrowFX 1.9.9.
These tutorials are made by request, so if you have an issue you would like to see featured, please visit iToosoft’s forum and make your suggestion.