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It's usually the materials and lighting in your scene that make the final rendering successful or not. The model is somewhat important, but if you don't support the model with convincing materials that are well lighted, the end product will be a failure on most levels.

If you've read or listened to discussions about materials, you've probably encountered the term realistic. Realistic rendering, a rendering that the viewer mistakes for a photograph, is a common goal in computer visualization that depends heavily on the quality of materials and lighting in the scene.


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