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
Political cartoons in 2017: Chris Riddell, Rebecca Hendin and Dave Brown on what it’s like to create satirical art in a digital world
2017's best album covers: How Split used lasers to design Vessel's The Great Distraction cover art
This network helps creative pros mentor students from under-represented backgrounds
How to find a font: Discover the name of a typeface with these apps
5 ways Adobe Stock will revolutionise your motion graphics work
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