Animation basics: Get started with cloth simulations

We can often tell when a render is CG, rather than a photo, but most of the time we can't always appreciate why we come to that conclusion. In reality it could be a number of reasons, from dodgy lighting, to stretched textures, but there are also tell tale signs that are missing from the scene and softness is an important one.

Hard surfaces are easiest to recreate in 3D, so that's where most people start. However, if you add a touch of cloth in the form of soft furnishings, curtains or the like then you will add something special to your render.

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