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Lens Flares

Introduced in LightWave 3.0, lens flares are a popular addition to animated scenes. Too often when you add a light to a scene, such as a candlestick, the light source emits, but no generating source is visible. By adding a lens flare, you can create a small haze or glow around the candlelight. Other uses for lens flares are lights on a stage, sunlight, flashlights, and headlights on a car. Anytime you have a light that is in view in a scene, you should add a lens flare so that the viewer understands the light has a source. Lens flares in LightWave can be viewed directly in Layout before rendering. You’ll be setting up lens flares later in this chapter.


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