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4.3 How to Render the Moon

It’s time you learned how to render your final moon model into a PNG. We’ll also use this opportunity to render different camera angles and lighting setups.

4.3 How to Render the Moon

Hi, everyone and welcome back to Create a Low Poly Moon with Cinema 4D. In this video, we'll take a look at how we can render our low poly moon. So the first thing we need to familiarize ourselves with is the render settings here. So let's go ahead and click on the Render Settings button, and this will bring out the Render Settings menu. So, the first thing that you want to have a look at is the output. And here we can change the width or the height or the resolution of our image here. So this one, we're just going to keep at the settings here or if we wanted we can go ahead and change this to 1920 by 1080. Just leaving the resolution at 72. Cool, the next option that you will want to have a look at is the Save option here. Now, here we can have a look at the place in where we're going to save our file. So you can click on this button here to choose where you're going to save it. The form we're going to choose is PNG, and we want to make sure that the alpha channel is selected as well. So this means that we can keep the transparency of the image behind the moon. So we can take this into Photoshop and create a background for it, for example. Cool, now to ensure that the render is nice and sharp, let's go to this section here. And we want to make sure that Filter is set to Cubic Still Image, which can be found under Filter. Next, we may want to add some ambient occlusion and a global illumination. And usually these sections here, can be found under the Effects menu. So if I go ahead and remove these and click on Effect, you can now add ambient occlusion and global illumination like so. So that's it for the Render Settings, all we need to do now is to close that window and select Render to Picture Viewer to render our image. For some computers this might take a while, so sit tight and relax whilst this goes on or grab a cup of tea whilst you wait. After few minutes, check back to see if it's done. So that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll go over how we can take our render into Photoshop. See you all there.

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