Engineering the Creative Future

To bring it to life, he began by gathering assets such as rocks and grass from Quixel Megascans, the Unreal Engine Marketplace and ArtStation Marketplace.

The door required extra customization, so he modeled one from scratch, first sculpting it in ZBrush before importing it into Adobe 3D Substance Painter for a quick texture pass. Tieh’s GeForce RTX graphics card used RTX-accelerated light and ambient occlusion to bake assets in mere seconds.

Next, Tieh tackled modeling the obelisks and pillars in Blender, where RTX-accelerated OptiX ray tracing in the viewport ensured highly interactive, photorealistic rendering.

He then unwrapped his 3D assets onto a 2D plane, where he applied textures to the model’s surfaces to enhance realism — a key process called UV unwrapping.

With the textured assets in place, Tieh next built the scene in Unreal Engine. His technique involves focusing on the big shapes by looking at the scene in a smaller thumbnail view, then flipping the canvas to refresh his perspective — very similar to the approach concept artists use. He adjusted lighting by deploying the same technique.

Unreal Engine users can tap NVIDIA DLSS Super Resolution to increase the interactivity of the viewport by using AI to upscale frames rendered at lower resolution and enhance image quality using DLSS Ray Reconstruction.

Fog is another major component of the scene. “Fog is generally darker and more opaque in the background and becomes lighter and more translucent as it approaches the foreground,” said Tieh. He primarily used fog cards in Unreal Engine’s free Blueprints Visual Scripting system to add a paint-like effect.

The majority of lighting was artificial, meaning Tieh had to use a significant number of individually placed light sources, but “it looks very believable if executed well,” he explained.

Firefly’s powerful AI capabilities were developed with the creative community in mind — guided by AI ethics principles of content and data transparency — to ensure morally responsible output. NVIDIA technology continues to power these features from the cloud for photographers, illustrators, designers, video editors, 3D artists and more.

NVIDIA Studio is debuting at CES powerful new software and hardware upgrades to elevate content creation.

It brings the release of powerful NVIDIA Studio laptops and desktops from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung, as well as the launch of the new GeForce RTX 40 SUPER Series GPUs — including the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER and GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER — to supercharge creating, gaming and AI tasks.

Generative AI by iStock from Getty Images is a new generative AI tool trained by NVIDIA Picasso that uses licensed artwork and the NVIDIA Edify architecture model to ensure that generated assets are commercially safe.

RTX Video HDR coming Jan. 24 transforms standard dynamic range video playing in internet browsers into stunning high dynamic range (HDR). By pairing it with RTX Video Super Resolution, NVIDIA RTX and GeForce RTX GPU owners can achieve dramatic video quality improvements on their HDR10 displays.

Twitch, OBS and NVIDIA are enhancing livestreaming technology with the new Twitch Enhanced Broadcasting beta, powered by GeForce RTX GPUs. Available later this month, the beta will enable users to stream multiple encodes concurrently, providing optimal viewing experiences for a broad range of device types and connections.

And NVIDIA RTX Remix — a free modding platform for quickly remastering classic games with RTX — releases in open beta later this month. It provides full ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex and generative AI texture tools.

This week’s In the NVIDIA Studio installment also features NVIDIA artists Ashlee Martino-Tarr, a 3D content specialist, and Daniela Flamm Jackson, a technical product marketer, who transform 2D illustrations into dynamic 3D scenes using AI and Adobe Firefly — powered by NVIDIA in the cloud and natively with GeForce RTX GPUs.