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Offline NiHal

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« Posted 2011-08-02 00:30:08 »


I am trying to render a sun ( star ) in space. But the results I am getting using a particle system are a bit disapointing.. The sun appears transparent and quite fake - I can make it look slightly more realistic by adding a few hundred particles, but that is not really an option..

Does anyone know a good method to render a sun? I think I am approaching this wrong...

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2011-08-02 00:49:36 »

Get a sun image from Nasa and put it on the screen. Smiley

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2011-08-02 15:40:56 »

To do bright suns well you need to use HDR rendering, or fake it and render a big glow or halo around it so it looks blindingly bright.

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2011-08-02 21:38:14 »

Get a sun image from Nasa and put it on the screen. Smiley

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2011-08-02 21:40:26 »

He just flipped the HREF and the label. Easy enough.

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2011-08-16 09:41:23 »

Would love to know this as well.

Currently the stars I do are created by a general algorithm of calculating the distance from the center of the star (creating a ball which get darker the farer out you go) and then considering the distance less considerable if near any 90 degrees or 45 degrees * n of circle considering from center.
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