Artstation Shortcut Keys

I have discovered a few shortcut navigation keys that work on the Artstation site, there may be more and if you know of any let me know and I will add them.
KEY ACTION
A Add project to collection
L Like
F Follow Artist
Left Previous Artist
Right Next Artist
Although there are not many they are quite hand for quickly going through the fine work on the site.

LDraw LEGO loader for MODO

In a recent post on Facebook Eric Soulvie released a beta version of his LDraw loader kit for MODO. I am pretty excited to try it out and you can expect some feed back and examples on here and mbt3d.

It is necessary to have the LDraw library installed for this to work, something that was immediately apparent to me, after that the installation is pretty straight forward.

If you are interested then his Article is on his site along with instructions on how to install the kit.

Moving Day Part II

I spent the afternoon sorting out this site and updating the theme customisation, I didn’t care for the default font, I prefer something easier on the eye.

Also I culled a lot of images from the old gallery on here as they are getting old and I haven’t updated in a very long time. Far too many places that I post to and I can’t keep up with the needy nature of the web so they hit the bin. I still have a bit to do here but it is finally looking tidier.

It is my intention to start posting tips and tutorials again soon this time they will focus on MODO and what I have discovered in the past year or so of using it. All the old Blender ones are about somewhere but I don’t have the time or interest in that program at the moment so they are destined to languish in the dark recesses of the web for a while longer. The BlenderBits YouTube channel is still live for those interested in my old tutorials. The website is long gone and up for offer from the usual vultures that hover around old domain names, I could have kept it but all these little domain renewals add up and I am no Baron of the Interwebs.

For those looking specifically for my 3D work I would point you to the links above and the Artstation one in particular, that and Instagram are the most often updated. In fact I am posting the most to Instagram so follow me there too if you want.

Moving Day

Today I managed to finally setup HTTPS on this site. It was not as straight forward as I had first thought because it was using Cloudflare and a stray Name Server that took a little tweaking to get working. After a few false starts and a little waiting for the Name Servers to catch up is finally working. Installing the certificates was much easier than I had first thought thanks to the scripts on my Host provider uberspace. Expect a few issues with images as WordPress were serving them and they seem to be a little slow catching up, I have disabled Photon but it seems it all takes time to sort out. Today I also moved my Freelance site to a new server and set that up to HTTPS too, all in all a busy yet productive day. Mark.

Modo – Make Links Windows

Hard Links in Window are called Junctions and are useful for example to create an Assets link in current folder and link to one in Dropbox.

First change to the directory where the link should be placed:

CD %home%\Documents\Luxology\Content

Then enter this line at the Command Prompt to create the Junction:

mklink /J Assets "%home%\Dropbox\Modo\Assets"

Note the location of your Dropbox and Content folder may vary this is the default location.

Modo – Compositing Outputs

Render outputs are useful when you wish to compose layers in an external application such as Photoshop. The render outputs required to produce the same image as the Final Colour output are:


Diffuse Shading (Total) + Transparent Shading + Reflection Shading + Specular Shading + Subsurface Shading + Luminous Shading = Final Color

Each layer is Added (Linear Dodge) to the previous layer in the composition. Each Layer is rendered with a gamma of 1.0, then combined with the required Gamma, 2.2 for RGB is added to produce the best result for display on screen.

I have been Busy

Charlie Chaplin 04I haven’t posted on here in a very long time, I have been very busy on other things mostly to do with my 3d work. Part of that included setting up some new servers and a domain for my Freelance 3d art site mbt3d.com I have moved things around a few times in the last year and I am finally coming to a solution I like. It has become more and more demanding to have multiple web presences and so I finally decided to use Artstation as my main and only portfolio. I have also re-launched my old Instagram as a quick image posting portal that can feed Facebook and Tumblr.  Doing this allows me to keep more  up to date with my work posting. It isn’t a perfect solution, things rarely are but it is better than I had previously. Anyway expect a little more from here from now on Smile

Windows 10 Drag and Drop Bug

You are going to love this Windows 10 bug: Drag and Drop stops working for me occasionally and I finally found out how to fix it, hit the escape key. That’s it if you find you can’t drag drop icons in Explorer under Windows 10 try hitting the Escape key once and it should work. Although it isn’t working for everyone but worth a try 🙂 Another thing worth trying and checking is to run the
sfc /scannnow
As administrator this will check and repair system files under windows. Microsoft System Repair

Just moving in

I have just changed hosting company and I am in the process of setting up the site in its new home. As with all moves there are bound to be a few articles that go astray in the moving process, so please bare with me while I tidy up all the loose ends. This site is available as https but doesn’t have a valid certificate yet, so expect warnings and errors. For the time being at least I would recommend using http. Thanks for calling by.