Note: In 3ds Max 2014 / V-Ray 3.0… gamma works fine by default and there’s nothing to set anymore! This is “Autogamma” – Check out here to know more
I love solving problems and finding easy solutions, it’s my life
This trouble of Max 2014 adding gamma 2.2 when saving in JPG made me think about.. and I found this interesting super-easy solution!
Of course you can:
- save with “override 1.0″;
- or apply inverse gamma in photoshop;
- or use Combination4 (images come with gamma in max 2014)
But how to do with automatic save? This solution is for users who want to add gamma later in composition, and use Combination4 (especially for animations).
It’s sadly true:
Max 2014 dont’ allow users decide if adding or not gamma when saving:
It’s nice the automatic gamma recognition, but this missing option is getting crazy people around the world, especially people who want to composite and need to add gamma later in the process.
The point is that the option is not visible, but it’s just hidden in some secret room inside max 2014..
Let’s trick it!
HOW I FOUND THE SOLUTION
Using an older Max version I created an empty file with gamma 1,0 in output –> EMPTY MAX FILE
Opening it with Max 2014 a magnificent window appeared: tadaaaaaaa! It’s saying that gamma set in preferences are different. Ahaaa… so you recognize and can change this setting!?
By selecting “Adopt the File’s Gamma and LUT Settings” 3ds Max 2014 has Gamma in output =1,0!
Start working from this file and everything will be fine! Max won’t add gamma 2.2 automatically anymore.
Do do the same in 3 seconds!
Type: fileOutGamma=1.0 as MaxScript code ^^
Now your 3ds Max 2014 has gamma in output set to 1,0
WHAT ABOUT RECENT FILES MADE IN 3DS MAX 2014?
After this trick, open your file… and look at this new window! It looks like similar but it isn’t! Read carefully: It confirms that system’s gamma has now output 1,0!!! Would you change it? Nooooooo!!
Select “Keep the Sysem’s Gamma and LUT Setting” and it’s done:
Now save your renders: you’ll see that gamma won’t be added!
Until you don’t close Max 2014 he will always save without adding gamma 2.2!
If you close it, to restore gamma 1,0 in output just type fileOutGamma=1.0 as MaxScript code.
Please, share everywhere!
V-Ray Licensed Trainer / 5SRW
PS Actually if you work with still images and save in jpg, in Max 2014 you could also use Combination4 with no tricks! With sRGB button you get previews with gamma, and saving Max 2014 will automatically add gamma 2.2. Easier than before.