CGCookie - Shading the Sci-Fi Helmet

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CGCookie - Shading the Sci-Fi Helmet

CGCookie - Shading the Sci-Fi Helmet

Duration: 4hr 40m | Video: h264, yuv420p, 1280x720 30fps | Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, 2ch | 4 GB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

Take a moment to be inspired by the great sci-fi space marine designs from Blizzard, Mike Nash, Vitaly Bulgarov, Fausto De Martini, and others. The fact is, hard-surface-sci-fi-space-marine stuff is cool. So let's create some of our own!

UV Unwrapping

Much like wrapping paper is to a gift, UVs are to a 3D model. In order to paint textures, UVs must be laid out flat. And ideally the result will be most efficient in favor of texel density - which is the amount of texture resolution applied to a models UVs.

We will make use of the Texture Atlas Addon to consolidate our separate objects' UVs into a single UV space.

Texture Painting

Blender's painting system enables us to paint directly onto a 3D model, which is often desired over the traditional 2D-texture painting workflow (which Blender also features). We will employ these tools to paint base color, decals, and emission texture maps

Map Baking

Lighting utilities like ambient occlusion and cavity maps (dirty vertex) can be baked onto the UVs of an object as supplemental textures. In this course we will bake out several maps to aid the worn and torn elements of the helmet materials.

Material Creation

This is the meat and potatoes of the course. Here we dive deep into Blender's Cycles shading nodes to construct complex yet flexible materials that will capture the tangibility of realistic surfaces. We will explore 3 variations of metal - painted, tinted, and bare - complete with intricate wear and dust components. Other material types include leather, LED emission, and lens glass.

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