It is generally not recommended that you render a white object against a white background. However, if you still need to handle this type of project, you will find this article to be very useful.

What you need to note in the very first instance is that the background of a rendered object is as important as the foreground as it helps to complement the foreground and create a sharp contrast with the object. However, it is a problem when you need to render a white object against a white backdrop. This is mainly because of the fact that a white object remains undistinguished from the white background and its major detailing remains unnoticed.

So how can you render a white product against a white background? We have discussed a few tips about this in this article.

Tips for White Object Rendering

  • Tip 1: Lighting would not have the same color

    Lighting would not have the same color

    First off, you should understand that the background, object, and the lighting would not have the same color. When you use a rendering program, by default, the color of your object, background, and the lighting would be white. This makes the product and its background appear undistinguished. So what’s the solution? You should note that neither a product nor a background is purely white.

    So you should select a color that’s 98 percent white and this would make the product appear more prominent against all white background. You may even put a tinge of blue to boost the perception of whiteness or you may even add a touch of yellow to instill a feel of warmth. You should try to create a contrast between the product and the background. You should use a cooler or warmer shade of white in order to create the contrast that will be easy for people’s eyes to easily notice.

  • Tip 2: Define a product’s shape

    Define a product’s shape
    The second process demands a certain degree of expertise, but it can definitely make your product appear stunning even if it is a plain product without too much detailing. Apple sets a classic example in this aspect. Apple’s products feature geometric curves and lines and they are typically highlighted through perfect lighting.

    For example, the Airpods are set against the white background in such a manner that lights and shadows are cast at the most appropriate places. There’s no need to throw light on the edges as the edges would then become undistinguished from the background. You should instill a shadow around the product’s edges so that the gray outline can easily define a product’s shape.

    You may also add some light in such way that a shadow is cast on the foreground along the product edges. You may even create distinct environments by applying lights in the most appropriate places.

  • Tip 3: Glossy touch to the product

    Glossy touch to the product
    Add a glossy touch to the product. This would make shadows and highlights appear more prominent. If you are working on a matte finish, the lighting might appear blurry. The environment should feature well-balanced dark and light elements, which would make the matte product appear more distinct.

  • Tip 4: Create the highlights

    Create the highlights
    If you are still not able to get the highlight that you are looking for, you may consider trying out this trick. You can use Photoshop or any other photo editing software to create the highlights. With this approach, you will gain better control over your render and add artificial highlights that would make your product look flashier.

  • Tip 5: Image Contrasting

    Image Contrasting

    You can increase or reduce the contrast in your images manually. While doing this adjustment, if the black details in your images get lost, use Photoshop’s Curves tool to boost the power of the grays. This way, you are leaving the whites and the blacks as-is.

    You will now be making the semi-white portions appear grayer. Incorporate a vignette in the image so as to form a spotlight and a distinct border.

Rendering white object against a white backdrop is really difficult, so you need to work with a visual or a mental reference. Things become a bit easier for you when you have clear idea about what exactly you want, where you want the highlights to be, and where you would want to place the shadows.

It is a good idea not to use templates, but to create environments and materials from scratch. This would make rendering an easier process and would allow you to stick to your design goals by combining textures, environments, colors, and materials in the best possible manner. Last but not the least, you should imagine yourself to be a photographer rather than a product designer. This would allow you to create photorealistic renderings.

Still need help? Contact ThePro3DStudio for a consultation. We, at ThePro3DStudio, provide state-of-the-art 3D product rendering services and help you out with professional white background renderings. Call us now for a quote!

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