With the variable plethora of different applications, scripts, tools, plugins, platforms, engines, and packages available on the market today, how is an aspiring 3D artist (or a seasoned professional for that matter) to know which package he or she ought to be using? In this article I have attempted to do some of the heavy lifting for you, and narrowed this list down to what is, in my opinion, the top 15 applications out there for 3D artists right now. Enjoy!
- One of most widely used 3D applications by professionals, and students alike, is “Autodesk 3ds Max”. Autodesk actually has a ton of programs for 3D modeling, animation, and special effects, but 3ds Max is optimal for someone who is learning 3D, and wants to take it into a profession. The latest release of the software platform is the 2010 version, which has over 350 new features, (including a render-quality viewport display, and the new “Graphite Modeling Tools”). Visit the official Autodesk website for more:www.usa.autodesk.com.
Setting up a character to walk and talk is the last stage before the process of character animation can begin. This stage is called ‘Character Rigging’ and is the underlying system that drives the movement of a character to bring it to life. This paper will examine several key techniques used in character rigging and provide an explanation of why these procedures are critical to good animation.
‘…rigging can be one of the most complicated aspects of getting a 3D character on the screen.’ (Swain 2001)
3D Maya rigging basics – Joints, IK handle, Controls and Bind Skin
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Kinema for Maya provides instant creation of rigs on any models for posing and animation, real-time retargeting and streaming/recording from Vicon and Xsens, as well as manipulation and rapid customization of mocap and key-framed animation. IKinema middleware provides in-game posing, run-time retargeting and automatic balance from iPhone and Android to PS3.
Surely OS don`t a good smartphone make, or is it? Mobile operating systems have clearly amassed a fat chunk of the smartphone market, plus a lot of users down the line, with tech giants like Google and Apple at the top of the food chain. But which mobile OS dominates the arena?
Here are research firm IDC`s top operating systems based on worldwide smartphone unit sales and market share in the third quarter of 2012.
And the leading mobile OS is… Continue Reading
A well rigged model makes the animators job a pleasure and in this tutorial by Stuart Christensen, you will be up and running in no time with the basics of animating with the help of Auto Keyframing and a wonderful rig called the Metalfly 1.0.0 created by Abid Devecha. You will first have to download the file from Creativecrash.com in the Maya Free Character Rigs Section and open it up in Maya. Even if you have no experience animating, this tutorial will show you the basics of what to look for and how to randomly animate this rig for an awesome result, and get your feet wet in the somewhat complicated territory of character animation. A special thanks to Abid Devecha for posting this super character rig!
Last week I saw the new Iron Man trailer and as usual it was nothing less than amazing. The effects are top notch and I’m really anticipating seeing it in May. There’s still a couple of months until we can set our eyes on the real deal so I decided to create the Iron Man mask from scratch using Illustrator and Photoshop just to warm up and to try to improve my illustrating skills.
So for this tutorial I will show you how to create the Iron Man mask using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It’s not too detailed because I wanted to share a simple overview/walkthrough so you could play and explore by yourself. In the end that’s the best way to learn. Continue Reading
This tutorial is about creating the Apple Magic Mouse in Photoshop, though you could use these techniques to create other mouse icon design styles as well. The new design of this mouse just looks amazing. Creating it and using it as an icon makes it all that more fun and interesting. The glossy look and the simplicity, transforms this mouse into a really neat looking icon. This tutorial will challenge intermediate level Photoshop user, so let’s get started!
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- Program: Photoshop CS3
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 hours
Gary Noden shows you how to create a cloth sequence that correctly animates to link up with its starting point. 3dworld
Piktochart is a web-based tool that has six decent free themes (and a whole bunch more for the paid version) for creating simple visualizations. You can drag and drop different shapes and images, and there is quite a bit of customization available. You can also add simple line, bar, and pie charts using data from CSV (or manual entry). You can export to PNG and JPG in either print or web quality. Note that with the free version, you get a small Piktochart watermark on the bottom of the PNG / JPG downloads.
A great maya tutorial to teach you how to alter your physical sun and sky. mguild44
A simple video demo to show some basic render settings. How to change the settings to obtain the right image size and quality you need. James Arndt
Penghasilan telefon pintar dan tablet yang kian bertambah pada waktu ini memperlihatkan persaingan yang sengit antara pengeluar telefon pintar dan pembangun operating system itu sendiri. Di Malaysia, fenomena ini juga semakin menunjukkan pertambahan dan seperti yang diketahui ramai, OS milik Google iaitu Android lebih menguasai pasaran di negara ini. Mari kita lihat Statistik Penggunaan OS di Malaysia dari Jun 2011 hingga Jun 2012:
In the following steps you will learn how to create a semi-realistic graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, using basic tools and effects, the Round Any Corner script and taking full advantage of the Appearance panel you will learn how to create the tablet. Moving on you will learn how to cleverly use the Warp effects and how to add depth to your shapes using complex gradients or blending options. Finally, you will learn how to create, save and use a simple pattern.
For many artists, an illustration begins with a pencil, a piece of paper, and a great idea. In this tutorial, Andreas Preis will show you how to create a beautiful mixed media illustration by sketching out an idea on paper, inking it, and then by bringing it in to Photoshop to clean it up, add color, and finally, to add some special effects. While this tutorial is written, it also includes a time-lapse video demonstrating the entire process of drawing and inking the illustration on paper. Let’s get started!
1. Create Your Drawing
Watch the Video
Before you get started, watch the video to see how the drawing was created.
It all starts with a blank white page. Feel free to use a reference photo if you need one. Otherwise, draw whatever you like. Continue Reading