Stitch 3D Hub
In this training, you will learn everything about the Workspaces on the Stitch 3D Hub. This includes all the ways to render your 3D styles with the Stitch 3D Render Farm and how to keep your collections organized.
Chapter 1: Rendering
Chapter 2: Styles
In order to use all functionalities of the Stitch 3D Hub, make sure you have an account for the Hub, installed VStitcher and the Stitch 3D Plugin. The Hub is currently optimized for VStitcher files, which means that not all functionalities are compatible with files of other 3D software.
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1.1 - Stitch 3D Render Farm
The Stitch 3D Render Farm is part of the Stitch 3D Hub. With the Render Farm, you can create high quality renders in high resolution. The render job is sent to the cloud, so you can keep working on your computer during the rendering process. The renders are safely stored in the cloud, and they don’t clutter up your storage space!
With standardized settings for light and image quality, the Render Farm ensures consistency throughout the entire collection and brand. This also makes it easy to use the renders in digital showrooms!
Using the Stitch Render Farm with VStitcher
You have two options for using the Render Farm in combination with VStitcher files: Manual Rendering and Auto Rendering.
With Manual Rendering, you use the VStitcher Render Menu to choose which view(s) and colorway(s) to render. The render job is sent off to the Hub, processed on high performance computers, and the images are then ready for you to download on the Stitch 3D Hub.
Auto Rendering does not even require you to open the VStitcher file. Drop the 3D file into the Styles section of the Hub and 5 standard views in all colorways will be automatically rendered for you!
Whether you use Manual Rendering or Auto Rendering, the same light settings are applied, ensuring consistency and high quality in your renders. The lighting is created by using a 360º HDRI image of a photo studio.
Your renders are always easy to find: on the Hub! Auto renders are connected to a style by default, and manual renders can also easily be added to styles or presentations - without having to download them! Because both manual and auto renders use the same render settings, you can combine them without any color or quality differences between them.
Guaranteed computing power, fast rendering, consistent high quality output,
and unlimited storing capacity? The Stitch 3D Render Farm has it all!
1.2 - Manual Rendering
Manual Rendering means that you send off the render job from VStitcher. You have complete control over the camera views and which colorway you want to render!
The connection between the Render Farm and VStitcher goes through the Stitch 3D Plugin. You can only create manual renders if the Plugin is set up correctly and you have logged in with your account. This way, the renders that you send off are connected to your personal account.
Let’s dive into the settings for Manual Rendering!
As we already mentioned, manual renders are initiated within VStitcher. There are two menus related to the settings of manual rendering. Let's take a look at the first one. In the main menu at the top, go to the VStitcher Preferences and the Rendering tab.
Even though the Stitch 3D Render Farm is a cloud rendering service, manual renders are sent off from VStitcher as if they are processed as local renders. Installing the Stitch 3D Plugin ensures the corrects settings, but if you are curious, check out your Render Preferences!
The second menu is the Render Menu itself. You can access it by clicking on the camera symbol in the main toolbar. In here, there are some settings defined by the connection with the Stitch 3D Hub, and some settings are completely up to you!
Once you decided on the colorways and camera views, start the render job by clicking on Render. You are asked to choose a location for your renders, but this is just a formality. The renders will be processed and stored in the cloud, not on your computer.
Where can you find the manual renders?
In the My Renders section of the Hub!
As soon as the render job is sent off from VStitcher, a placeholder appears on the Stitch 3D Hub in the My Renders section. This part of the Hub is connected to your personal account. Nobody but you has access to the manual renders that you create.
So how long does it take for the render to finish?
This actually depends on a few things and we cannot tell you a specific time. For each render job, there are two phases: creating and rendering.
To summarize: Manual Rendering ensures high quality images,
while you have complete control over the colorways and camera views!
1.3 - Auto Rendering
Manual Rendering is already a huge time saver in your 3D workflow. But we actually offer something that takes it even one step further: Auto Rendering!
With Auto Rendering, you don't even have to open the VStitcher file. You can simply drop the 3D file in the Styles section of the Stitch 3D Hub, and 5 standard views will be automatically rendered for you - including all the colorways!
So as the name says, this is an automated process. You can neither choose which colorways should be rendered nor decide on individual camera views. All the colorways that are saved within the file will be rendered, and all with the same standard views.
Let’s take a look at how the standard views are determined!
In VStitcher, it's possible to create custom camera views. You basically save the position and angle of the virtual camera so that you can apply this exact view for rendering. This is great when you need to render a lot of similar products. But as soon as you turn to a different product group or size, you might find that your perfect camera view is not helpful anymore.
For auto rendering with the Stitch 3D Render Farm, finding the perfect camera view is automated. The center of the garment is detected automatically, so that it is perfectly framed in the render. You don't have to do anything!
The garment is then rotated in order to capture it from four different angles: front, side, back, and a three-quarter view. Additionally, there is a zoomed in version of the three-quarter view to show some details of the fabric.
Auto Renders are created automatically when you upload a style to the Stitch 3D Hub. And that is exactly what the next chapter is about: the Styles section of the Hub!