In part 1 we saw how to use the Bryce sky presets. Now we will use the Sky & Fog palette to customize our sky.
1. Click on Sky & Fog - This will call up the sky & fog palette which has a series of landscape type image sqaures with colour bars beneath them which you can click on to change the colour of the particular sky feature setting. You can also adjust intensity/height of atmospheric settings by clicking on the image of the landscape instead of the colour bar and dragging your mouse. So each little square has two settings you can play with. It may be alot to digest so I won't go into detail about them, you can play with them later. For now I suggest you try out the first setting listed below, Sky Mode and maybe just the colour settings of the others. Also try the Randomize feature (point 8 below) for a fun and easy way to see how different colours and atmospheric setitings affect a scene.
1. Sky mode - If you click the little triangle located at the bottom of the image a drop-down list of options appears. The default setting is Soft Sky, as you see it in the Nano Preview when you first open Bryce.
If you choose 'Custom Sky' you will see a colour bar appear below the square which is split into 3 - from left to right divisions are for changing the colour of::Sun Glow Colour
Place your cursor on any of the divisions and click and a colour chooser window will come up. Keep holding your mouse button down and drag your mouse over to pick the colour you want. Let go to apply the colour:
Try picking different colours for each and see how the sky appears in the Nano preview (or render the scene to screen)
2. SHADOW COLOUR & SHADOW INTENSITY- The ambient shadow colour of shadows in your scene.
3. FOG COLOUR & FOG HEIGHT
4. HAZE COLOUR & HAZE INTENSITY
5. SKY DOME COLOUR & CLOUD HEIGHT
6. CUMULUS CLOUD COVER & CLOUD COVERAGE
7. FREQUENCY & AMPLITUDE OF CLOUDS - just click and drag your mouse over the square.
8. Sky lab - click the little cloud to enter the sky lab where you can make all the same setting changes listed in this tutorial plus other features with more advanced control and customization (see More advanced Bryce controls and features ). From there you can also access the sky presets.
Randomize - clicking on these little dots selects random colours and settings for the sky and atmospherics. Click on the dots, drag your mouse then let go - try it:)
Day/Night - clicking on this little sun icon switches between day and night settings.
9. SUN CONTROL - Click on this ball, hold your mouse button down and drag on this ball to move the sun's position.
10. MEMORY DOTS- see the Camera and Render control overview for an introduction to these.
I hope you have fun exploring some of these controls.