NVIDIA Vacation Card Glows Gold and Inexperienced

Editor’s word: This publish is a part of our weekly Within the NVIDIA Studio collection, which celebrates featured artists, provides inventive suggestions and tips, and demonstrates how NVIDIA Studio expertise improves inventive workflows. We’re additionally deep diving on new GeForce RTX 40 Collection GPU options, applied sciences and assets, and the way they dramatically speed up content material creation.

NVIDIA’s vacation card — enchanting viewers from the attitude of snuggled-up members of the family on a sofa — warmly depicts a crackling fire and an NVIDIA robo-dog by the fireside, all framed by a string of glowing lights.

Within the scene, proven above, characters are decked out in NVIDIA-themed socks and beneath blankets with the sample from a customized NVIDIA vacation sweater. Element-oriented viewers can uncover hidden treasures: a digital toy mannequin of NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang — aka Toy Jensen — NVIDIA iconography within the woodwork and an NVIDIA-branded mug.

Members of NVIDIA’s inventive staff who’re featured on this week’s particular Within the NVIDIA Studio beat — Alessandro Baldasseroni, Michael Johnson and Rini Sugianto — collaborated to construct this 3D scene. They mixed 60 years of inventive expertise, AI-powered options and NVIDIA RTX GPU acceleration of their favourite inventive apps to unimaginable impact.

Plus, the newest model of Reallusion iClone, a real-time 3D animation software program, provides a crowd-creation system for populating massive worlds in NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform that interconnects 3D workflows for live-sync creation.

Populate Digital Worlds in NVIDIA Omniverse

Reallusion iClone helps artists deliver lifelike motion and practical facial expressions to 3D fashions.

iClone model 8.4 builds on these capabilities with a simulation system that gives real-time, customizable crowd animations utilizing Movement Director, a cutting-edge motion-matching and trigger-animation expertise.

With it, artists can effortlessly spawn lifelike characters full with facial expressions, equipment and numerous animation kinds. The characters can then be directed to intelligently navigate 3D areas whereas avoiding collisions and obstacles.

iClone helps dwell sync with NVIDIA Omniverse Package-based apps, permitting customers to extra seamlessly faucet its huge libraries of characters and motions.

iClone model 8.4 is free to obtain. Be taught extra concerning the launch particulars.

Averkin’s at It Once more

Seasoned Within the NVIDIA Studio artist Andrew Averkin can’t assist however unfold vacation cheer.

His 3D scene Maintain Me Heat seamlessly transitions between the immaculately detailed elements of a holiday-themed room. The Christmas bushes, brilliant lights and kids’s toys all function photorealistic element positive to maneuver viewers, and calming music provides to the scene’s coziness.

Averkin constructed Maintain Me Heat in NVIDIA Omniverse, which is predicated on the Common Scene Description framework, aka OpenUSD.

Such inspirational, winter-themed content material is simply what the NVIDIA Studio staff is in search of within the #WinterArtChallenge. Don’t overlook to share winter-themed artwork with the hashtag on Fb, Instagram or X for an opportunity to be featured on NVIDIA Studio and NVIDIA Omniverse social media channels.

And take a look at Averkin’s Instagram for extra participating content material.

Deck the Halls With Tons of Renders

“The purpose was to create one thing that invoked heat, pleasure and vacation spirit,” stated Johnson on ideating for this 12 months’s NVIDIA vacation card. “There’s nothing higher than being with household, cuddled up on the sofa, having fun with one another’s time whereas carrying one thing actually cozy and enjoyable.”

The NVIDIA artists created foreground characters beginning with fundamental parts from the trio’s collective asset library.

Baldasseroni took the lead on modeling and tweaking the characters in ZBrush, working intently with Johnson on the correct composition, and even supplied preliminary posing to assist information the character really feel for a relaxed household portrait.


Shifting to Adobe Substance 3D Painter, Baldasseroni created and utilized customized textures to the fashions. His NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPU accelerated gentle and ambient occlusion, baking optimized property in mere seconds.

“I used GPU acceleration in Adobe Substance Painter and labored with preliminary lookdev renders within the NVIDIA Iray engine.” — Alessandro Baldasseroni

Sugianto took on animation work, opening Autodesk Maya the place her NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPU supplied a number of key benefits.

RTX-accelerated ray tracing and AI-powered denoising with the Autodesk Arnold renderer resulted in extremely interactive and photorealistic modeling.

Autodesk Maya additionally helps third-party GPU-accelerated renderers, corresponding to V-Ray, OctaneRender and Redshift, which gave Sugianto extra choices to animate the scene.


With the property superbly modeled, textured and animated, Johnson imported all information into the NVIDIA Omniverse USD Composer app so as to add bodily correct properties for the practical hearth, candle lighting and smoke.

“NVIDIA RTX GPU rendering in USD Composer is so quick at enabling fast iterations and completely different seems to be,” stated Johnson.

Johnson used OpenUSD information in USD Composer, permitting Baldasseroni and Sugianto to evaluation Johnson’s edits in actual time with absolutely ray-traced particulars. This eradicated the necessity to obtain, add and reformat information to share and consolidate suggestions from different stakeholders, saving precious time and assets.


Johnson then rendered out nonetheless pictures into Adobe Photoshop for closing coloration grading. He additional improved visible high quality by upscaling the picture utilizing the AI-powered, RTX-accelerated Tremendous Decision function — which is considerably sooner than conventional strategies. All through his workflow, Johnson might select from greater than 30 GPU-accelerated options, together with blur gallery, object choice, liquify, good sharpen and perspective.


He then uploaded information into Nuke, a visual-effects and video-editing software program, for closing GPU-accelerated compositing of all of the scene’s parts.

NVIDIA artists Alessandro Baldasseroni, Michael Johnson and Rini Sugianto.

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