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    need advice on adding verisimilitude and improving on background

    Howdy, am working on a book cover. It's coming along okay I think. I purchased a good. .exr for the world environment background.
    But the ship just looks like a plastic model. How can I improve on this? Make it look like the ship belongs in that space?
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    I think the first thing you need to do is to work the lighting ...
    I think there is too much differents lights in your scene. Try to start with one sun lamp as a main light source and get the best of it before adding other ones.

    Maybe by putting the yellow part in the background in the opposite corner, and light the ship as it's coming from there...
    Here is a quick mockup :
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    If the ship is metallic it should reflect the environment too...



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    Thank you, your blend looks really cool, a question. My model is metallic, but why isn't it reflecting then?



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    I think one of the contributors to the "plastic model effect" would be how the parts look like single pieces. Some panel lines, or parts that have slightly different colors/reflectivity would give a better sense of being constructed rather than cast. Look at the ships in Star Trek (TNG and later) or Star Wars for examples.



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