E frontier has released an upgraded version of its Shade 3D artwork software. The company, which was previously called Curious Labs and is best known for being the current owner of the ubiquitous Poser, says that Shade 8 adds stronger modelling tools, as well as gaining a wider range of rending options.
Shade 8 offers Boolean and Bézier modelling tools, plus polygon mesh modelling and auto-smoothing of curves to detail projects.
Shade's Global Illumination Renderer supports photon mapping, path tracing, raytracing and what e frontier calls 'radiosity with physics'. Shade 8 upgrades the Callisto rendering plug-in with faster Radiosity calculation, translucent and metallic shaders, and support for aberration has been added. A Toon renderer for cartoon-style is also available.
THIS MONTH'S BEST FEATURES
eharmony's much-needed new logo and identity saves it from being 'antiquated'
Illustrator Charlie Davis’ whimsical characters are enviously joyous
This keyboard is specially built for designers and artists
Artist Filip Hodas created this incredible ‘pop culture dystopia’ artwork series to learn new tools
86 Best Photoshop tutorials
Digital Arts Guides
The hottest work, tech & techniques that match your creative tastesAnimation & VFX Business & Career Success Creative Hardware Creative Software Graphic Design Illustration & Art Interactive Design & VR Marketing Photography UX & Web Design Video Post-production