This is issue #133 of the Dogwaffler of the Moment, a sporadic, artsy newsletter for and about users of Project Dogwaffle.
What's New in Howler 11?
We recently announced the release of PD Howler 11. It's time to learn more, see in more detail what's new, and what you can now do with it in so many more ways.
If you want to catch up on prior issues of the newsletter, start here:
http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/newsletterThis issue can also be found here, and perhaps with additional details, tutorials, videos or other newsworthy information. Don't miss it!
In this issue:
A Closer Look at Axehead: New Filters in Howler 11
We mentioned in the last newsletter that there are a number of new and improved filters. Here is a subset of the list:
Julia set rendering on GPUWe've had Mandelbrot fractals for a while. Now we added several flavors of the Julia set, on GPU.
Water dropsThere are so many thing to do with Water drops - it's almost criminal to show only one image here. Be sure to explore.
Dan has developed a new API, and with that comes the ability to generate new shapes and fun stuff. This is one incarnation of that.
Worley noise started last summer as a free plugin, and we've now integrated it to make it faster and more powerful, adding animation too. Here's an animated Worley noise loaded into Puppy Ray and rendered as an agitated ocean surface.
A similar effect can be obtained with the Water caustics filter. It is usually associated with dancing lights at the bottom of a lake or swimming pool, but can be abused to represent ever-changing moving sand dunes and a lot more.
And here's one more related to water - Water Ripples. This one is in the Animated filters category.
As you can see, there are many ways to create elements that relate to water, animated fluids and reflective or refractive displacements.
Here's one more, done with the Puppy Ray filter.
This is just a very small sample of what's new and what you can explore now. Of course, let's not forget rendering landscapes with the new water plane in Puppy Ray.
You can order PD Howler 11 here:
Or, to jump straight to the BMTmicro online store:
Howler is on automatic sale with 15% off the regular price through end of March.
If you have an earlier version, you can get up to 50% off (when upgrading from from v10). Earlier versions or sidegrades from PD Artist and PD Particles still also get you 35% off, or similar. Contact us to find out what discount you quality for and to receive your discount coupon. Please let us know where you got your Dogwaffle, and which version it was. If you can show us a receipt that's perfect. If not, a screenshot of the Help > About Howler view will do just fine.
Pixarra Tree Studio as a Companion
We also announced last time a promotion from Pixarra, which we are happy to mention again, since it is still good through end of March. Their Tree Studio can be a great companion, and at $9.99 it's a bargain. If you are curious about Tree Studio, check here for more:
Order here to get the discount:
If you use it, don't keep it a secret - please show and tell - we'd love to see your creations that combine landscapes and backgrounds from Dogwaffle with Tree Studio from Pixarra.
Tutorials, Videos and Resources
Here are some extra resources you might find interesting to use with PD Howler:
A new tutorial from Immortal Moments Art: Art Tutorials for Traditional, Digital and 3D Paintings. Especially PD Howler, Hexagon, Blender and DAZ Studio.
PD Howler Basics - Water Reflections
New Feature: Contour Fill with Gradients - new in PD Howler 11
Interface Look with System Colors
Howler 11- a new resizeable color picker
A few undocumented new features in PD Howler 11
Callouts - new in Howler 11 'Axehead'
Long TutorialsPuppyRay Basics - Howler 11 - part1
PuppyRay Basics w/Howler 11 - part2: the height map and the texture map
There are more, and a lot more coming!
To see them all, visit our channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/pdhowler
Here's another video
water - by Puppy Ray
Another DOTM update from Dave Devoe
Dave Devoe keeps exploring and discovering great new tools in Howler. Check the latest on his blog.
The Last Draw: a Large Rendering in Puppy Ray
This is a rendering done in Puppy Ray, with fairly high image dimensions: 3840x2160 pixels
Click the image to view it up close:
And that's a wrap, for now. Thanks for waffling and howling!
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