Create a Mesh Texture

How To : Paint details on meshes and bake textures in modo

This modo tutorial shows you how to detail paint textures maps on meshes and how to bake them using the render engine. Modo leverages its high-quality rendering engine for baking tasks as well. Check out this tutorial which shows how to leverage said baking during the painting ...more

How To : Add detail with displace modifiers in Blender 2.5

This quick Blender 2.5 video tip demonstrates how to use a displace modifier in conjunction with textures to add extra detail to a mesh. Using this technique can help provide another level of depth to a model with relative ease that otherwise would have to be done manually or ...more

How To : Model realistic hair in Blender

This Blender user's guide discusses techniques for creating hair and giving them textures and materials. The first is Mesh hair using Bezier Curves, and the second is Particle Hair. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular open-source 3D computer graphics applica ...more

How To : Use the cloth modifier in 3DS MAX without Reactor

Cloth is an essential part of almost any 3D modeling project involving people. This video will show you how to properly use the cloth modifier in 3D Studio MAX to create the waving, tarnished American flag shown in the thumbnail. This tutorial does NOT feature Reactor, the in- ...more

How To : Throw a Naked Sushi Party

The Japanese know how to party. Browsing the internet for my daily fix of Weird Asian News, I stumbled across this article on Cannibal Banquets. According to Steve Levenstein, Japanese Innovations Writer, "a pinata-like 'body' is carefully crafted, then stuffed with edible go ...more

How To : Use mesh preparation and sculpting in Mudbox

See how to use mesh preparation and sculpting in Mudbox in this video tutorial. Designed by professional artists in the film, games, and design industries, Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software gives 3D modelers and texture artists the freedom to cre ...more

How To : Design a photorealistic tree with Blender

Check out this video tutorial to learn how to design a photorealistic tree with Blender. To make this tree with Blender, you will be using textures and mesh transparency. To start off, you'll first need to find a picture of a tree and save it as a transparent PGN file. Blende ...more

How To : Use the displace modifier in 3ds Max

The Displace modifier in 3ds Max acts as a force field to push and reshape an object’s geometry. You can apply its variable force directly from the modifier gizmo, or from a bitmapped image. The 3D Studio Max displace modifier works on Shapes, Meshes, Polys, Patches, NURBS. Di ...more

How To : Model a Leaf in Maya

Start with a Polygon Plane Start by creating a Polygon Plane with 4 width and 5 height sections. Create the rough leaf shape Turn on "Reflection" in the Move Tool settings, hit 3 on the keyboard to smooth the plane and shape it into a rough leaf shape. The highlighted vert ...more

How To : Sew leggings using the M6173 Pattern by McCalls

Leggings have the unique ability of covering you up (as long as we're not talking sub zero temperatures here) and keeping you warm and fashionable at the same time. They allow you to continue wearing certain fall dresses into fall. and look great in a pair of boots. But nice, ...more

How To : Rotate and spin images in Blender

See how to spin images using Blender. First, you'll see how to use the UV-Textured plane rig and physically rotate the mesh. Next, you'll see how to use Nodes, and then the Sequencer. This clip discusses Orthographic camera scaling, animation, and considerations about clipping ...more

How To : Map, paint and texture UVs in Modo 201

Go beyond the traditional 3D workflow to an immersive creative experience with the software Modo, created by Luxology. Modo is the next evolution of 3D modeling, painting and rendering for Mac and PC. Modo includes 3D sculpting tools, animation and network rendering, and advan ...more

How To : Make a mini polymer clay waffle for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination demonstrates how to make miniature blueberry polymer clay waffles for use in a doll house. Starting with a small ball of either ecru-colored clay, or pearl-white, you can blend in tiny black glass pebbles to resemble blueberries or raisins. The ball is th ...more

How To : Clarify and preserve butter

Looking for a means of preserving a pound or so of butter? Make delicious ghee, or South Asian-style clarified butter. The clarification process is simple and only takes a few minutes. Become a veritable ghee whiz with help from this South Asian culinary how-to. Directions: ...more

How To : Create a textured face in 3ds Max 8

This is a three-part 3ds max video tutorial that takes a look at using reference photos for creating a head texture. If you have photographs that can work, there really isn't any reason not to use them since they can often provide plenty of subtle details that would be very ti ...more

How To : Use the level editor in Unreal Tournament 3

This video series shows you the basics of how to use the level editor in Unreal Tournament 3. Starting with an intro, first level, viewports, BSP brushes, level design, static meshes - inner and outer, basic textures, lighting and ending with a conclusion. Part 1 of 10 - How t ...more

News : Making Art on Your iOS Device, Part 3: 3D Modeling

Today's segment of Making Art on Your iOS Device takes us into the third dimension. The below apps are suitable for beginners looking to venture into the world of 3d modeling, as well as pros who simply want the basics of Maya in their pocket. Build models/3D mockups or small ...more

News : Why Is Most HoloLens Development Happening in Unity?

Autodesk offers some of the most popular software for computer-aided design (CAD) projects, which involve all sorts of 3D rendering. Their tools are clearly suited for use with the Microsoft HoloLens, but so far very little supports HoloLens development outside of Unity. Why i ...more

News : How Face Tracking & Augmentation Technology Works

Thanks to Snapchat, we're all familiar with face swapping and augmentation thanks to some clever, fun technology. But that's just the beginning, because this kind of augmented reality can do so much more. We spoke to Peter Busch, VP of Business Development at Faceware Technol ...more

Get Creative : Make Dumplings with Cheeseburgers & Kielbasa

Dumplings have been around for centuries in various forms; spätzle, as well as chicken and dumplings, are dough-y dumplings with no filling, whereas Russian pierogis and Chinese jiaozi are dumplings that contain meat, vegetables, or both. Asian dumplings, also called pot stic ...more

Your Fridge : You're Using It Wrong

When you come home from the grocery store, you probably put away every single fruit and vegetable in the bins and drawers in your refrigerator. Any fifth grader knows that fridges work to preserve food, thus everything should go in there, right? Nope! Chances are, you've been ...more

From Beans to Your Cup : A Coffee Primer

To say we're a nation of coffee-lovers is putting it mildly. Americans consume 400 million cups of joe in one day alone, but how well do we actually know our morning BFF? We know it comes from a bean, and that more coffee drinks exist than there are ways to skin a pig, but wha ...more

How To : Make Perfect Poached Eggs, Every Single Time

Two slices of whole-wheat toast with lots of butter. Two eggs, poached to a firm yet custardy texture. The yolks should absolutely not be hard-cooked and the whites should be tender, not rubbery. That's my idea of the perfect breakfast. A golden, runny-but-not-liquid yolk, cre ...more

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