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Hi. Look i've been trying to learn how to do cgi stuff and I can't seem to do it. I have
lightwave 5 and lots of models but evertime I try to make a image I cant make it
work. All I get are stupid wireframes. Ive got all the textures loaded so I know I can make
images but I just can't figure out how to do it. Does anyone here use lightwave? If
anyone can tell me how to render an image I would really like the help. Someone
please help.
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Okay dude, try this. MODELLER is for creating the 3d shapes that you will eventually render. Here is a quick tutorial:

MODELLER
1) Click on TEXT, then press 'n' (numberic entry)choose a true-type font, and type ABC into the text box. click ok, then press ENTER to make the text.
2) Press SHIFT and 'E' to EXTRUDE the text. You could also look for the EXTRUDE button ;) press 'n' to enter the details numerically, leave segments at 1 and change distance to 0.1 metres
3) Down the bottom you will notice buttons labelled POINT, POLYGON and VOLUME. You want POLYGON to be pressed in. Click on the bare area in the left-hand menu to deselect everything. Click on the edge of the 'A' polygon to select it. Press the ']' (right square bracket) to select all connecting polygons.
4) Press 'q' to bring up the surface editor. Give the letter a surface name, such as 'A' (or you could be creative ;) )
5) Click in the bare area of the menu to deselect A then repeat the naming process with B and C, calling them something different.
6) Save your object somewhere (try creating a directory in the C:\NEWTEK\SCENES directory as a base directory, such as 'MYSCENES' and under that directory, create more directories so things are easier to find - call this one 'TEST' and then in the C:\NEWTEK\SCENES\MYSCENES\TEST directory, save the object as ABC.lwo - the lwo extension is automatically added)
7)quit modeller, and load layout.

LAYOUT
1) click on OBJECTS, then LOAD, and find the ABC.lwo object file. It might not have the lwo extension visible. It will be wherever you saved it.
2) close that panel, and where it says 'perspective view', click on there and drag it to camera view. This is what will render. Click on the CAMERA button in the left menu, and with MOVE highlighted, move the camera until the ABC text mostly fills the dotted off area (this is what will be rendered).
3) click on SURFACES. Play around with the surface settings for each surface. They will be listed in the pull down menu at the top of the surfaces panel. Or load preset surfaces, make each one different. You can click on the preview button to get a preview of your surface.
4) close that panel and click on the RENDER button. Where it says NO DISPLAY, pull down that menu and select LW_QV. Click on render. When it is done, you can click on save to save it.

Set resolution and shite in the CAMERA panel. Motion blur and anitaliasing are set here also. Play around and learn. Took me 5 years to be here, so don't expect to pick it up like that! I am still learning :) Don't hesitate to ask for more help if you need it.
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Dont fret. if you want a quick render of the current frame you can also just push F9. but be shure to set your key frames.
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