Welcome to the Photo Studio Optimizer User's Guide. This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with Photo Studio Optimizer.

This overview provides the following information:

Photo Studio Optimizer in a Nutshell

Photo Studio Optimizer is a dedicated Photo Studio workbench and represents an essential complement for users who want to create images and movies that will match reality.

Indeed, Photo Studio Optimizer empowers Photo Studio`s rendering capabilities with advanced technologies such as Global Illumination and Caustics.

Photo Studio Optimizer offers powerful tools to improve "like real" sensation. Thanks to 3D Texture and Bump Mapping functionalities, users will see what will be the product appearance at the beginning of its physical lifecycle.

Before Reading this Guide

All users should be familiar with basic Infrastructure concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars as well as the 3D compass.
Prior to reading this book, we therefore recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide.

We also recommend that you read the Photo Studio User's Guide to become familiar with functions such as light sources, cameras, environments, and so on.

You may find useful to read the Real Time Rendering User`s Guide that allows you to define material specifications that will be shared across your entire product development process as well as map materials onto products to produce photorealistic images.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

If you are a first time user, we suggest that you start with the Getting Started tutorial providing information for starting a Photo Studio session.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Tasks section of this guide. This steps you through procedures such as managing lighting effects, 3D textures, and so on.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in the online/psoug/samples folder.

For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Conventions Used in this Guide

To learn more about the conventions used in this guide, refer to the Conventions section.