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Practical Production Techniques Vol. 16 – Kitbash3D.com “Brooklyn” to LightWave3D

In this installment of the Practical Production Techniques series, Kat is back with a KitBash3D.com to LightWave3D conversion tutorial dealing with PBR nodal based surfacing using the metalness and roughness shading theory types. This tutorial covers how to work quickly using the Kitbash3D.com “Brooklyn” Kit. Originally built using 3DMax, this kit imports relatively ok, rather than some other kits produced in Maya, Blender or C4D – but with each there are always oddities and things to consider for making their use optimized in LightWave3D easily. Kat covers these issues andRead More


35% off this Halloween!

Happy Halloween Katurday! Our 10th annual Halloween special is on! Use the code: SPOOKYLW30L3D And get 35% off (yes, 35% off, not the usual 25%) until November 4th! www.liberty3d.com – practically everything in the store is discounted including bundles! Make sure to check them out in store!


Babylon 5 Legacy Collection For LightWave3D

In an attempt to preserve some of the legacy of LightWave3D’s history in the 3D and VFX world and its contributions to some of the most icon sci-fi television shows of the last 30 years; Liberty3d.com is making an effort archive and make available to the LightWave3D community many fan built assets from the series Babylon 5 (B5). In this free to download collection, there are dozens of objects and scene set ups that will allow you to reproduce many wonderful visuals from the mid-1990s series. This is a greatRead More


Sale extended! 25% off until August 27th!

Yup! We’ve extended our sale. Act now and get 25% off your purchases of almost everything in our store including bundles and tools. Use the coupon code: AugustL3DSale at check out and immediately save on your purchase of our products. We have lots of new stuff this summer plus more coming! Sale ends on August 27th, so don’t be a slow poke in this summer heat!


Practical Production Techniques – Volume 15

In this 15th volume of the Practical Production Techniques series, which contains approximately 1191 (that’s almost 20 hours!) minutes of video, multiple award-winning VFX artist and CG Supervisor Kelly “Kat” Myers takes on the daunting task of rescuing a model originally created in 3DS Max produced by a “Fivver” artist for the short film “Curse of the Phantom Shadow”. The original model being totally unacceptable for production, turning it from “zero to hero” so as to be ready for action in the film would require taking the original model andRead More


LightWave3D 2020.0.2 Released!

Just about 1 hour ago, NewTek’s LightWave Group released the latest in the 2020 series of patches. LightWave3D 2020.0.2 corrects for some very interesting bugs, but also some interesting development path errors made by later versions of LightWave3D such a the elimination of the Ambient Light feature in 2018. It’s now back! Woohoo! We really appreciate this one coming back. While someone once said “There is nothing more real than real”, I would counter with features and functions like this are what give “Movies their magic”.  This is one ofRead More


Boeing 737-700 in LightWave 3D

Check out Catherine Smallwood’s awesome Boeing 737-700 in LightWave 3D format (LWO3 2018+ LWS). Modeled to be technically accurate and look good on camera, this model has all the main fixings of an awesome LightWave3D asset. It is essentially “ready-to-render” in LightWave3D 2018+. Use your own paint scheme or use Catherine’s maps as a guide easily giving your shot or demo or whatever you might need a 737-700 for (AR/VR, games, you name it) a sense of reality without compromise.  Click on any of the image below to check outRead More


C-130 Aircraft

Catherine Smallwood’s Lockheed C-130H Aircraft model in LightWave3D 2018+ ready-to-render form.  Consisting of 175,737 polys, props ready to animate and primary control surfaces capable of being animated.  The aircraft model comes painted in Tennessee Air National Guard colors and includes an easy to use Photoshop version of the paint scheme with UV lines for painting in additional colors.  Makes a great asset for military animations/stills from multiple decades, this workhorse has been in service since the late 1950s and looks to continue for the foreseeable future. Just $49.95USD  


Get 25% off this Canada Day and Fourth of July Sale!

It’s time for our 10th Annual Independence Day Sale!  While we are starting a bit early, celebrate with us as we approach Canada Day (July 1st), US Independence Day (July 4th) and Kat’s Birthday (July 9th). Use the Coupon Code: L3DID4-2020 and get 25% off purchased of almost every product we have in the store at www.liberty3d.com We now have 450+ products in our store for you to choose from including new additions this past couple of weeks with more on the way. Combine that with our fully LightWave3D 2018 to 2020.x compatibleRead More


Practical Production Techniques Vol. 14

Kat is back with another exciting installment in the Practical Production Techniques Series! Now in the 14th volume of the series, Kat takes on a shot from a set of 3, from a low budget feature film out of Los Angeles that requires a full photo-realistic CG shot of a Boeing 747 flying over clouds in full 4K at 24 frames per second. Not for the faint of heart, but by using a suite of tools that involves Black Magic Designs Davinci Resolve Studio 16, Andressen Technolgies Syntheyes, NewTek’s LightWave3DRead More


Introduction to Davinci Resolve Fusion Volume One

Do you want to get into Davinci Resolve Fusion? Are you a Fusion user now but not sure how to go about adjust your workflow to Resolve Fusion? Well, you are in luck with this new tutorial series from multiple awarding winning CG Supervisor and VFX artist, Kelly “Kat” Myers. In this first installment, Kat takes on a VFX shot from the shot film “Curse of the Phantom Shadow”, directed by Mark Ross, using Resolve Fusion 16 Studio. Originally shot many years ago on prosumer level equipment in 720p atRead More


Major LightForge Render Network Updates!

Over the last couple of weeks we have been very busy working to improve and provide additional compatibility and capacity of the LightForge Render Network. We have produced a number of videos that LightWave3D users can check out below. Getting Started Guide MDD and Color Space Demo LightWave3D 2018 – 2020.x GI Caches demo StarPro 2.2 – 2.3 LightForge Render Network Demo  


Liberty3d.com Anniversary Sale Extended! – Deep Rising 3 Discount!

We have extended our sale! Join us in celebrating 30 years of amazing LightWave3D history and future greatness during our 10th Anniversary special as Liberty3d.com continues to bring you new training, tools, technology and services to the LightWave3D community. Use our coupon code: 30YearsOfLightWave-10YearsOfLiberty3D to get 30% off your purchases off almost everything in our store until May 31st, 2020. As an extra bonus for LightWave3D users around the world, we have teamed up with Deep FX World to bring you a special 15% off coupon code that you will receive from us afterRead More


LightWave3D 2020.0.1 now available! Get special pricing and goodies exclusively from Liberty3d.com

LightWave 2020 logo

LightWave3D 2020.0.1 is now out! The quick and much appreciated release of the 2020.0.1 Update to LightWave3D is now available to LightWave3D 2020 users in their accounts at LightWave3D.com Now with Liberty3D.com you can save on the cost of your upgrade or new seat of LightWave3D 2020.0.1, but you have limited time to take advantage of this discount! Our special ends on May 31st 2020! So act now! If you are upgrading from a previous version and facing a $499.00 Upgrade price from NewTek directly, we can save you someRead More


LightWave3D turns 30! We turn 10!

Join us in celebrating 30 years of amazing LightWave3D history and future greatness during our 10th Anniversary special as Liberty3d.com continues to bring you new training, tools, technology and services to the LightWave3D community. Use our coupon code: 30YearsOfLightWave-10YearsOfLiberty3D to get 30% off your purchases off almost everything in our store until May 1st, 2020. LightWave3D 2020? (and a note from Kat) Yes. It’s coming (there was never a doubt in our minds because, we know). We  know the community is looking forward to details from NewTek regarding the release ofRead More


Valentine’s Day Sale!

Do you love LightWave3D but need to get up to speed on all the latest features or brush up on an area that you are interested in mastering? What about loving the idea of learning a great complimentary tool or plug-in that we do training on that will help improve your skills as an artist? Do you love saving money on our products here at Liberty3d.com? Are you loving the idea of picking up some of our latest titles for 25% off until the 15th of February, so you haveRead More


Did Mac Reiter just release TAFA for free?

Yes, that’s a good question and it seems that the answer is… yes! Check it out. http://macreitercreations.com/ We recommend that everyone download it now just in case it disappears!


Practical Production Techniques Vol. 13 – Fusion Tracking

Award Wining CG/VFX Artist and Supervisor, Kelly “Kat” Myers brings you everything you need to know to get started with the Blackmagic Designs Fusion or Resolve tracking tools and start making really cool VFX shots, easily. In this tutorial, Kat breaks down the tips and tricks on how to use Fusion’s 3 tracking tools. Tracker, Planar Tracker and Camera Tracker. Every VFX artist needs to know how to do tracking. It’s inescapable and to some, daunting. But it doesn’t need to be. It’s actually really straight forward to do ifRead More


The LFS Project

If you have heard me (Kat) refer to a “Project Genesis” over the past few years, you should know that it is on going and is a series of micro projects that over all, form a whole. It’s purpose dates back to our founding. To our foundation. It is now time for us at Liberty3d.com to take the next step in this series of micro projects. This one in particular being the last that Larry Shultz was directly aware of. The LFS Project is now activated as part of “ProjectRead More


TurbulenceFD – Project Kitchen Fire

Kelly “Kat” Myers is back with another installment in the TurbulenceFD for LightWave3D series. This time with an extension to the Advanced Concepts and Projects category “Masks and Fuel Masks”, he runs down the steps needed to set a kitchen on fire! “Project Kitchen Fire” is 142 minutes of excellent knowledge dealing with TurbulenceFD and some of the oddities that it has working in LightWave3D 2019.1.4 and the bcf2vdb conversion tool. When to use it, when not to. Working in conjunction with 3D-Coat, the tools used to produce this projectRead More