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Hey here's the stuff I found interesting this week in 3D...

Introducing '3D Model Haven'
Similar to HDRI Haven, 3D Model Haven is a new site offering CC0 models - meaning they're free and you can do anything with them. They're not quite AAA quality, but they're certainly better than most free model libraries. Add to that the 1,700 photoscanned public domain models I shared a few weeks back and you've got yourself quite a serious repository of models! 


Using machine learning to change lighting
If you've ever tried to change the lighting in a photo or painting, you'll know how painful it is. But it's exactly the sort of task that machine learning excels at. This paper shows a working version of that. Hopefully we'll get to see something like this rolled out with Photoshop in a few years.


3dsmax pricing gets competitive
At it's previous price point of around $3,500 p/yr, 3dsmax was too expensive for most freelancers by many orders of magnitude. They've been piloting an $250p/yr Indie plan, and they've just announced it'll go worldwide at some point. I can't help but wonder if Blender had something to do with this :P 


Unbiased Rendering: 'It's probably not'
I stumbled across this article today and learned:
1. Most unbiased renderers arent.
2. You shouldn't even want one, since it'd be stupidly inefficient.

On a related note, if you're curious which render engine is 'the best', I'm working on a full render engine comparison video that should be up (hopefully) within the month. Subscribe to Blender Guru so you don't miss it :)

That's all folks. Follow me on twitter for more interesting stuff that doesn't make it here.

Andrew Price






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