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Everything you need to know about the quality settings in set.a.light 3D

Maybe you have already worked with them, maybe you are not yet familiar with them: The quality options in set.a.light 3D.

The quality options help you to adjust the performance of set.a.light 3D to your current work step at any time and allow you to make changes to the quality of your rendering. This ensures an efficient workflow and makes working with the software easier even with a weaker graphics card. 

In this article we will explain to you step by step which setting options are available and what exactly is behind them.

The quality options can be found in the top left of the menu bar under “Settings” –> “Quality Options”. There are four setting options to choose from:

Shadow Quality
– Texture Quality
– Render Quality
– Render Resolution

We will demonstrate the differences these settings can cause using different setups from our Community.

Important information on the light calculation in set.a.light 3D:

To better understand the influence of the quality options, it is important that you read this general information about the light calculation.

In the studio area in set.a.light 3D there is no real light simulation. You will only see a rough setup light and rudimentary shadows here, so you can quickly and easily build up your lighting setup. 

A preview light simulation including shadows and reflections is only done in the preview camera. Here you can see the exact light effect of the lighting setup you have built up.

The final real light simulation, taking into account any reflections and influencing factors, takes place when the photo is rendered.

Note: Please set the room size and the colors in set.a.light 3D according to your real studio. Otherwise the light simulation does not correspond to the desired result (example: intensity of the back reflection).

Tip: Find out more about the range of functions and setting options in set.a.light 3D in our PDF USER MANUAL.

How to use the quality options

Setting No 1: The Shadow Quality

If you have selected level 1 or 2 for the shadow quality, you will notice that significant artifacts can be seen. The big advantage of a low setting is the speed, i.e. the usability of the software is increased. 

If you set the shadow quality to level 5, you will notice that the artifacts disappear and the quality of your light setup increases significantly. However, this will slow down the speed of the software.

So if you have a strong graphics card, you can set the shadow quality setting high. The graphics is now looking optimal.

If you have a weaker graphics card or use set.a.light 3D on your laptop in between, you might enjoy working in the virtual photo studio more if you decrease the shadow quality and therefore increase the reaction speed.

Setting No 2: The Texture Quality

Another quality option is the texture quality. Again, a lower level helps you to increase the usability of the software if you have a weak graphics card.

With a setting up to level 3, the texture resolution of objects such as the model’s clothing or skin is low. If you set the texture quality to level 4, you will notice how the resolution improves and blurred objects, the model’s skin or clothes will now be displayed with high resolution and more detail. 

Note: This setting affects the studio view, the preview camera and as well the rendering!

Setting No 3: Render Quality

A high setting enables a more accurate light simulation and shadow quality.

Remember that for high texture resolution the texture quality must also be set to level 4.

Note: With higher quality, the time required to calculate the image increases dramatically and is therefore only suitable for high-performance graphics cards.

Setting No 4: Render Resolution

This setting lets you select the size of the rendered photo.

You can choose between the following resolutions: 800px, 1200px, 1600px and 1920px (and soon 4K).

Would you like to try out how the quality options work with different lighting setups? Then download a few setups from our Community and get started right away.

The two setups shown here can also be found in the Community under SETUP ID “11033323” and “11033243”.

You don’t know the set.a.light 3D Community yet?
Find all information here: https://blog.elixxier.com/en/official-release-set-a-light-3d-v2-5/

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