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Looks like a photo!  Well done @dipstick  :star:  I'd never be able to tell them apart.


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6 hours ago, lynxster4 said:

Looks like a photo!  Well done


Thanks Lynx, that's a very high compliment.


5 hours ago, Pixey said:

P. S. Why don't you open your own Galleria Thread


Thanks Pixey. I don't want to limit myself to just one program, I use a handful of programs at any given time. In truth I sometimes don't remember which program that I used to make the effect.


3 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Absolutely superb, (wish I could do something like this).

Any chance of a tutorial?


You can and here is the tutorial that I followed (more or less). He used an "Bayonet" socket in his tut. Don't know why, maybe because he's Australian? I had to create my own "Screw-In" socket" on my own, using the "Bolt Factory" AddOn. It worked out well after I edited it to my liking. 


P.S. It's a long 2-part tut. He also likes to ramble on, but I think he's a good teacher just the same.



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Thanks welshblue and Seerose. I just installed the latest version of blender (2.8). It is a major overhaul from previous versions. I pretty much have to learn the interface all over. It gave me a chance to make some changes. I added a wood texture for the floor and polished up the metal parts. I then added a soft glow to the lit bulb.





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8 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Is Blender easy or easyish to use?


I don't think I would use "Blender" and "easy" in the same sentence. Easy is a relative term. I think PDN is an easy program to use for editing photos. I don't think it's much of an exaggeration to say that Blender is about 50 times more difficult to use than PDN. It's not really a fair comparison though. It's not insurmountable either. If a knuckle head like me can do it, than anyone else can too.


Here is how I'd rate programs on the difficulty scale from easy to hard:

1) image editors (easy)

2) video editors/compositors (hard)

3) 3-D programs (very hard)  


"Blender Guru" has an easier tutorial for beginners on making a doughnut and a coffee cup. I'd recommend you start there.




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