3ds Max Speed Modeling for 3D Artists


3ds Max Speed Modeling for 3D Artists
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  • Learn to speed model in 3ds Max, with an emphasis on hard surfaces
  • Up to date coverage, covering 3ds Max 2013 features
  • Focused explanations with step-driven practical lessons balance learning and action

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 422 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2012
ISBN : 184969236X
ISBN 13 : 9781849692366
Author(s) : Thomas Mooney
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Game Development, Games

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: First Launch: Getting to Know 3ds Max
Chapter 2: Model Shakedown: Make 3ds Max Work for you
Chapter 3: The Base Model – A Solid Foundation in Polygon Modeling
Chapter 4: Mod My Ride: Extending upon a Base Model
Chapter 5: The Language of Machines: Designing and Building Model Components
Chapter 6: The Cutting Edge: A Closer Look at 3ds Max Polygon Tools
Chapter 7: The Mystery of the Unfolding Polygons: Mapping Models for Texturing
Chapter 8: Custom Body Job: Painting using Viewport Canvas
Chapter 9: Go with the Flow Retopology in 3ds Max
Chapter 10: Pushing the Envelope – Model Preparation for Animation and Games
Index
  • Chapter 1: First Launch: Getting to Know 3ds Max
    • Quick start: Jump into making models
    • Getting to know the User Interface
    • Default and custom UI schemes
      • Switching UI presets
      • Making changes to hotkeys
      • Customizing the Quad menu
      • Making changes to the view layout
    • Deciding on the best view navigation
      • Pan, Orbit, and Zoom
      • Navigation with the ViewCube
        • Making adjustments to the ViewCube display
      • Navigation with the Steering Wheel
      • Using the Steering Wheel
    • Displaying your model for modeling
      • Model display
    • Setting scene units
    • Searching for content in the scene
    • Creating your own selection sets with Named Selections
    • Common changes to 3ds Max default preferences
    • Determining the hardware shading settings to use
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Model Shakedown: Make 3ds Max Work for you
      • Setting filters in the Display panel
        • Display panel filters
        • Hiding and freezing objects
        • Display Properties
      • Object Properties – Show Frozen in Gray
        • Freezing objects via Object Properties
      • Object Properties – Animation trajectories
        • Toggle trajectory
      • Object Properties – Render properties
        • Disabling shadow casting
      • Moving and rotating objects using pivot controls
        • Pivots
      • Local, Screen, and Pick spaces
        • Changing the axis direction of the gizmo
      • Cloning objects: Instances, References, and Snapshots
        • Adjusting Instances
        • Capturing a Snapshot
      • Adjusting modifiers in the viewport
        • Assigning a single Turbosmooth to all your models
        • Selecting objects that have a certain modifier
          • Setting different modifier attributes for views and rendering
      • Organizing a scene using Groups
        • Group functionality
      • Importing models
      • Using a template scene including lighting, turntable camera, and render settings
      • NVIDIA iray ActiveShade rendering
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: The Base Model – A Solid Foundation in Polygon Modeling
        • Introducing the project
        • Adding image reference
          • Viewport image planes
        • Forming the base model
          • The Quad menu's editable poly tools
          • Setting values with the Autodesk style caddy
          • Fitting the model to the artwork
          • Generating round forms from quad-based geometry
          • Detaching and attaching parts of a model
        • A preview of a sculpting workflow
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Mod My Ride: Extending upon a Base Model
          • Marking Poly Loops
          • Soft modeling
            • Soft modeling with Soft Selection
            • Soft modeling with the Shift brush
            • Soft modeling with Free-Form Deformations
            • Relaxation techniques
          • Using Poly Select to apply modifiers to Sub-Object selections
          • Generating shapes from edge selections
            • The Lathe modifier process
          • Shape construction and interpolation
          • Comparing the Sweep modifier with the Loft object
          • Smoothing Groups
          • Generating model forms using Cloth
            • Setting up the Cloth modifier parameters
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: The Cutting Edge: A Closer Look at 3ds Max Polygon Tools
              • New modeling and UI features in 3ds Max 2013
                • Camera movement while a Cut operation is live
                • Customizable Workspaces
                • Tabbed Layouts
                • A gradient for the viewport background
                • Interoperability with AutoCad
              • Sub-Object level editing tools via the Ribbon
                • Getting started
                • Edge loop selection and growth
                • Loop mode and live select mode
                • Dot selection, growth, and Step selection
                • Sub-Object editing in Manipulation mode
              • Joining objects
                • Creating and cleaning Booleans
                • ProBooleans
              • Ribbon tools
                • Paint Connect, Vertex, and Distance Connect
                • Freeform: Shift
                • Freeform: Optimize
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: The Mystery of the Unfolding Polygons: Mapping Models for Texturing
                • The goal of UV mapping
                • Gaining familiarity with the Unwrap UVW editor
                • Combining texture islands to save draw calls
                • Just getting on with it...
                • Additional UV layout tools
                  • Soft Selection
                  • Setting UVW editor hotkeys
                  • Aligning points
                  • A handy script for fixing up UVs
                  • Mirror and Flip commands
                • Packing the layout
                • Finalizing the layout
                  • Making a Photoshop texture template
                  • Send to Mudbox
                  • 2D View in Viewport Canvas
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Custom Body Job: Painting using Viewport Canvas
                  • Direct painting versus indirect painting
                  • Starting a paint session
                    • Channel selection
                    • Shortcuts and 2D View painting
                    • Brush Images and Custom Maps
                      • Using the Clone brush
                      • Direct painting using spherical and depth brush settings
                    • Layers
                    • Loading maps into other channels
                  • Tablet user's guide
                    • Swapping material types using Slate
                    • Substance procedural textures
                    • Asset texturing walk-through
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Go with the Flow Retopology in 3ds Max
                    • Introduction
                    • High poly model import
                      • Importing a model into Sculptris
                      • Importing the Sculptris.OBJ mesh in 3ds Max
                    • Retopology
                      • Exploring the Freeform/Polydraw tools
                      • Pinch/Spread
                      • Using Quad Cap Pro to generate meshes to conform
                        • Filling stubborn polygons
                    • Topology concerns for animation
                    • WrapIt by The Pixel Hive
                    • Finalizing the retopologized model
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Pushing the Envelope – Model Preparation for Animation and Games
                      • ProOptimizer
                        • Creating a low-resolution model prior to skinning
                      • Rigging the creature with CAT
                        • The foreleg
                        • Rig naming and selection
                        • Rig display and access via layers
                      • Skinning the creature
                      • Skin advanced parameters
                        • Adjusting envelopes
                          • Checking skin adjustments
                        • Weighting per vertex
                      • Painting blend weights
                        • Mirror Mode
                      • Transfer of low poly skinning to a high poly mesh
                      • Testing the animation and making a preview
                      • 3ds Max 2013 CAT data transfer to MotionBuilder
                        • Kinect motion capture – setting up with Brekel Kinect and MotionBuilder
                        • Matching a CAT rig to an FBX in MotionBuilder
                        • Matching a CAT rig to an FBX in 3ds Max
                      • Game readiness check
                      • Summary

                      Thomas Mooney

                      Thomas Mooney grew up in New Zealand. He now lives in a jungle with squashed frogs, mosquitoes, and regular thunderstorms and power cuts. He is a lecturer in design and also works as an artist. You can learn more about his work at www.tomofnz.com. Tom tends to work, play, teach, and sit around all day with computers, and also likes to do comics, films, maps, screenplays, novels, storyboards, and iPad doodles. His book Unreal Development Kit Game Design Cookbook, Packt Publishing was published earlier in 2012.
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                      What you will learn from this book

                      • Modeling processes using the Ribbon
                      • Ways to create a customized UI for accessing modeling tools faster
                      • Modeling using modifiers and deformations
                      • UV mapping and topology effect readiness for sculpting
                      • How to work with GoZ and ZBrush
                      • Procedures for painting models using Viewport Canvas
                      • Concepts of game-readiness
                      • Retopology and polygon reduction methods
                      • Easy rigging, skinning and animation walk-throughs
                      • Gain fluency in UV mapping and texture creation
                      • How to render and present your models for your folio

                      In Detail

                      Production of 3D art is an exciting medium, but the task of modeling requires intense attention to detail, so speed and efficiency are vital. This book breaks down speed modeling workflow in 3ds Max into stages you can easily achieve, with a focus on hard surface modeling and methods you can apply to your own designs.

                      "3ds Max Speed Modeling for 3D Artists" will help level up your 3D modeling skills. It focuses on hard surface modeling, and shows the range of tools and techniques in 3ds Max 2013.

                      This book shows content creation methods aimed at 3ds Max modelers preparing to show their skill to the industry. The key feature of modeling that artists must exhibit is speediness while preserving technical accuracy. The author helps you follow set project guidelines while pushing creativity and outlines the entire workflow from concept development to exporting a game-ready model.

                      The book begins with introductions for new users to the interface and modeling tools, and progresses to topics aimed at users already familiar with 3ds Max, who want to improve their content creation process. You’ll also see ways 3ds Max content is used with other applications, like sculpting software and game editors, and learn features of speed modeling, efficient workflow, re-use of content, and tips on getting more done, more quickly.

                      By the end of this book you will have learned key topics in modeling, ready to face professional level work with elan.

                      Approach

                      Step by step illustrated tutorials are supported by a focused commentary. The examples are designed to proceed from starting to model through model finishing to putting models to work within projects and presentation. The book shows both - the entire flow of asset creation and granular methodology.

                      Who this book is for

                      This book will appeal to anyone interested in 3D modeling who wants to improve their speed modeling ability, particularly artists whose work is relevant to industries where hard surface modeling or model prototyping is required, such as games, films, or visualization.

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