3D Photoreal. Real or Render?

April 9, 2012 3 Comments by 3DBlog

It’s been a long time since the first photorealistic painting was created. It appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States as a sort of painting genre. The process seems to be quite simple: take a photo, gather information and then create a painting that looks like photograph.
Nowadays 3D takes its place in every artist’s life. Every single object can be now modeled using a wireframe, then textured and rendered with the photorealistic effects.
Take a look at the tangerine images. Can you choose the one that is rendered?

Make a closer view to a tangerine rind, and you will notice that the rind on the right is smoother and more artificial.
This one has more objects to check and find the difference between the photo and 3D render.

The difference is noticeable if you compare wooden parts on the clock and shelf.
Correct textures, light, reflection and shading make the 3d render real.

Glass and mirror are always tricky. Carefully check the flasks on both the images and compare the glares. Wood grains can be found on the left stand but on the right one you can see only smooth wooden structure.
This beautiful game was implemented by New Zealand Media Design School. Take a challenge. You can play the game without the registration if you want to try your recognition skill.
Can you see the difference? Some things are not so simple when there is only one image; you will find that it is very accurate and may have trouble choosing between “real” and “render”
They call it the Still Life Project. Students in NZ Media Design School take their chances to create the photoreal render. First they make a shot of the desired still life and return to a classroom. They have 5 weeks to re-create the same image using such software like Autodesk Maya, ZBrush and Mudbox.
The results are breathtaking and now Computer Graphics becomes a part of modern art. There is no limitation on whether you want to embody your fantasy pictures or duplicate the images in real life. Modern technologies give so many possibilities, and now it’s time to use them.


  1. Susy K. says:
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 12:55pm

    I caught it 4/6 times, but i think it was just guessing 🙂


  2. 3DBlog says:
    Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:22pm

    Nice result for a newbie!


  3. katja renner says:
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 5:51am

    Very difficult to see the difference unless it is pointed out


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