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Discovering Bryce 5


Here's a simple scene which was quickly assembled and  rendered in Bryce 5.

Bryce is now owned by DAZ. ( It's a popular tool for creating scenic images, fantasy sunsets and atmospheric impressions.

We're going to add some plants by way of post work in the foreground, using PD Particle's particle brushes.

Save your rendering to a file, such as Jpeg. Or copy it to the clipboard.
In PD Particles, open the saved rendering.
In the Particles tab, click the Settings button and select one of the many presets, such as Thorns.
Draw one or a few brush strokes to see the effect.

The color is a bit off. Too much green, given the sunset red conditions all around.

We should try to tint the particles.

Pick a color that is close to the general lighting conditions, such as a light yellow-orange. Or use the color picker (I call it the turkey baster) to select a reference color directly from the rendered image.

With that color selected as the primary color, we can use the Tint option in the Particles panel.
Click the checkbox to enable tinting.

You might also want to remove the 'Shading', since  this scene doesn't really have a whole lot of sky lighting coming from above.

A quick brush stroke and voila!

Now it's time for more fun. Change a few parameters, try different split angles, lifespans, etc...

Here's one combination of parameters I liked.
It took just about 2-3 minutes to finish this.

Going beyond...

Whatever imaging program you're using, you'll probably want to further
improve the image and add some more drama to it. Filters can brighten or darken, the whole or just some regions of the image.
PD Pro or PD Artist also offer filters like Sunset or Fog for further accents.

Here are a few examples.

In the first, we darken the image to give some of the dynamic range to the Sun's glare done with novas.
Some image editors call them stars, or lens flares. (with or without reflections). PD Pro offers a number of such tools.

In the second, the sky is pushed into the background, and the land into the
foreground, giving the image some more depth.  This is because cool colors appear to
recede and warm colors come to the foreground. The human eye's retina is more sensitive to red
than to blue, and thus registers it as a stronger presence. Which in turn registers to the brain as being closer.

But perhaps we didn't need a romatic sunset, perhaps we're witnessing the Sun gone Supernova.
Using PD Pro or PD Artist, we can apply some fx filters like Zoom blur and bright Novae over
the rendered Sun to depict the photonic blast.