Big things are happening here at Strata. We've been working on a new version - Strata 3D CX - that will revolutionize your workflow and give you the power you've been craving.

CX is specifically designed to connect you to your design workflow. It supports direct import of Illustrator CS and PDF files. Import and link your Photoshop layered files as textures. Need to make a change? Edit the Photoshop file and CX automatically updates your texture. Strata 3D CX also supports FBX and OBJ file formats to greatly enhance your connection to other 3D applications.

Strata 3D CX extends your design power by giving you hyper-real lighting with the new Light Dome. The Light Dome is a lighting option that gives you image based lighting in all the renderers - not just Raydiosity!

You'll also find support for High Dynamic Range images (HDRI) throughout the application. Modeling has been greatly enhanced also with our new Polyspline SDS modeler. Polysplines allow you to create almost anything using sophisticated subdivision surface technology.

This is one release you won't want to miss. Make sure you take advantage of the early bird offer - and be among the first to learn the full power of CX by attending Red Rock.

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Only two weeks left until the deadline. Don't miss your chance to win one of 13 fabulous prizes worth a total of over $10,000.

You could even win the Grand Prize Red Rock Learning Vacation - a $2,400 value that comes complete with two conference passes, hotel accommodations and travel cash.

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Be part of the excitement at Red Rock as we introduce you to the new, more powerful and more connected Strata 3D CX. All of the instructors are currently beta testing this new release so you can be sure they'll be up to speed on the hot new features.

Learn to import and link layered Photoshop files as textures in Strata 3D CX. The experts will show you how to use the new Polyspline SDS modeler. Get enlightened about using HDR images to illuminate your scene with the new Light Dome control. Learn to make your work dance by using MotionBuilder from Kaydara and import directly into CX via their FBX format. And, of course, there's much more.

The Red Rock Revival User Conference is the ideal way to learn from the experts while enjoying a vacation for you - and even your family. A great experience you don't want to miss.

It all happens June 2nd, 3rd and 4th in one of the most stunningly beautiful locations on earth. Space is limited so don't miss the early-bird discount. The price goes up after April 15th! Academic and repeat attendees qualify for an additional discount.

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Some of the beta testers have posted 'sneak previews' of Strata 3D CX features.

Notice the Light Dome examples. You'll achieve dramatically different lighting effects with just the change of an image map.

Check out these CX images:

Dave Winslow is an 18-year veteran in the design and illustration industry with a B.F.A in Commercial Art from CMSU. Strata 3D has been his primary 3D tool for 11 years because of his need for high quality end results in a fast paced production environment.

He runs his own design studio, where they use Strata products daily for 3D illustration and animation to deliver creative content for clients via print, interactive and broadcast media. He also publishes training and resource materials in various media for different professional and educational industries. Dave was founder and publisher of STRATAuser magazine.

Dave currently teaches 3D illustration and animation at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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On April 28-30, Christian Moore will teach the Strata 3D ProSkills Course in Philadelphia. The hands-on ProSkills Course is designed to bring beginning-to-intermediate users quickly up to production-level skills.

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This texture from Howard Prince is for the advanced user. Fortunately, he provides an easy to follow tutorial for the rest of us.

Howard explains how to properly set up a glow dome. This may give you a better understanding (and appreciation) of the upcoming features in CX.

Download texture here.
Note: 2.5 MB File

View the tutorial here.

If this texture is too much for your 'dome', check out over 1000 textures and shapes available at the StrataCafe.

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