New Sky Model supports the sun being below the horizon for dawn/twilight; Corona Distance shader helps create “smart” materials.
Chaos Czech has released Corona Renderer 6 for Cinema 4D. Some of the features include Sky Model, Distance Map, Adaptive Environment Sampler, and more. The latest release gives artists more control over their 3D environment, hence more realistic renderings.
A new Sky Model can now accurately depict twilight and dawn, providing gorgeous results down to 2.85 degrees below the horizon. Because this model is fully procedural, it is also easy to animate, enabling the simple creation of time-lapse sunrises and sunsets. Multiple skies/suns can also be added to any scene, so artists can toggle through options like dusk and afternoon using LightMix.
With the new Distance Map, artists can create procedural materials that understand their proximity to other objects in the scene. Instead of blending boundary lines, artists can now create immaculate coastlines, dirty window sills and ground-hugging fog with ease. Users can also use the map to drive scattering whenever they want to include different grass lengths or twigs under trees.
Other new features include:
- Adaptive Environment Sampler—Cleaner, more accurate environment lighting replaces the need to add skylight portals.
- New Bloom and Glare Controls—New lens effects allow greater realism and creativity with the inclusion of lens dust, scratches, and more.
- Texture Randomization—Automatically remove tiling artifacts with the new UVWRandomizer for more believability across a scene.
Pricing and availability
Corona Renderer 6 is available now for the Mac OS and Windows versions of Cinema 4D, R14-S22 (64-bit). Pricing is subscription-based, with monthly rates set at $28.50 and yearly rates at $330. A free 45-day commercial trial is also available at https://corona-renderer.com/download.