Friday, September 3, 2010


Hard Surface Texture Painting Workflow

Ok, so technically this isn't a tutorial as such but it presents some great techniques and rules for painting hard surface textures. There's a few great tricks for really making photoshop painted textures come alive, but at the same time if you're new to texture painting/UVW mapping you might want to find something more basic and then come back to this. Regardless, this is a great reference for reminding yourself of the basic rules for effective hard surface textures. 8/10

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Create an Awesome 3D Future City 

This is an extensive tutorial which focuses on modelling, using the plugin Greeble to add small amounts of detail to the buildings, and finally texturing lighting and then post production in photoshop. The instructions are reasonably easy to follow but be warned it takes a beastly computer to handle it, I think my final scene was at about 250,000 polygons. You'll also need Vray which you can just download if you don't have.
The final result is pretty amazing but it can really bog down your hardware, I had quite a few crashes with max untill I found out how to set things up properly. My first estimated render time was 108 hours! Mainly because I'd made a mess of the vray settings. I think my final version took about 20 minutes.
7/10, not great for a beginner user, even though it is step by step.


This one isn't a tutorial as such, but it's some really nice Hi Resolution concrete textures which are available free to download thanks to (Have a look, they have some amazing tuts!)



This one's an oldy, but a goody. If you haven't heard of it (and you should have) It's a character creation from the ground up, concepts, modelling, texturing, rigging and animating too. Step by step, very in depth and easy to follow. The only issue is that it was made with a fairly ancient version of 3DS Max so some of the features are named differently or found in different places.

I give it 8/10, definately worth a shot particually if you're somewhat new to Max.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hey there!

This blog will be created as a portal for finding great CG tutorials, mainly for 3DS max. I'll only show tutorials that I've personally used and will do a short review of each regarding the various factors such as ease of use, applicability on different projects and general proffesionalism of the final result.

Hope you enjoy it!



'Hard Surface Essentials' - By Grant Warwick - (Hotlinking not possible)

This is a great little tutorial based on modelling high poly hard surfacing with the effect use of tools such as cutting, connecting, bridging and welding on a mesh with turbosmooth applied. It presents the uses of the tools in a neat and efficent way to a variety of objects. It's fairly easy to follow as there aren't a huge amount of tools used, however they are used to great effect.
This tutorial is a fantastic way to brush up on modelling skills for making 3d skills, but keep in mind the high poly count won't be suitable for games. The video can be watched online or download in 4 parts.
This tutorial is for 3DS Max.

Score = 9/10