Old Fashioned?

Old Fashioned?


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Well, I do not know about you, but, I have always loved black and white images…

Done properly, they can express far more than color images… and there is always something in them that drives your imagination …

I know I did a few quick renders in black and white a few weeks ago but I saw on the DAZ website recently, a new fantastic product from Colm Jackson: Monochrome Iray

When I started 3D a few years ago, I was looking for new content to add to my new “toy”: Poser debut.

I was just starting and I was far from the realization that 3D was so complex and …funny.

Then, I turned to a more sophisticated version of Poser and discovered new things!

Renders were never good enough and I understood that I needed some great products to ease my work.

While browsing for new content, I stopped at RDNA…

Whoa!! I was impressed by the quality of their products and creativity of their artists.

When Poser introduced the firefly renderer, I was still using spotlights.

Colm Jackson had a great idea to develop a product around IDL and IBL. I had no idea what it was at that time, but, with the outstanding render on the product page, I thought: “Why not give it a try?”

So, I bought it and discovered the fabulous world of indirect lightning and emissive surfaces!

As I’m writing and having a look at his webstore in DAZ, I realize that I bought nearly all his catalog over time!!!

That’s why I stopped on his product.

With this set and all the lights/props/settings, you are sure to get 40’s look like amazing renders.

In the past:

Before this professional set, here is what I was doing in DAZ:

Just open Photoshop and create a 3000×3000 square image, fill it with pure black.

Add a new layer


Create a selection and fill it with pure white


Add some Gaussian blur to your selection


Merge your layers and “Invert”


Save your image and go to DAZ

Create a single 1X1 meter square plane with only 1 subdivision, turn shader to Iray

Create a new camera, set all values (position X/Y and rotation) to Zero


Apply your new map to the cutout opacity channel, set saturation in render settings to zero


Go in camera view mode and adjust your plane by moving Z axis and scale


Load your character, lights and set your scene

Add a backdrop if necessary



Here is an example of what you can get directly in Iray:


Quite easy to do but far from what you can do with Colm Jackson’s product!!!

I you really want to get the right tool to get the best results with Iray:

Monochrome Iray by Colm Jackson:


(Image courtesy of DAZ)


You will not waste your money!!

Just a little part of this fabulous set:


(Image courtesy of DAZ)

And if you want to get the right mood:




Have a creative day!!

Fly028 is an accomplished 3D C.G. enthusiast. He has been creating content for DAZ Studio and Poser. Fly028 collaborates with DREAMLIGHT on trainings and content development which he has done for some years now.

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