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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
116
May
2009
Animation - Lights
How do I simulate a daylight sun cycle?
Lightwave
115
Apr
2009
Animation - Scripting
How do I dissolve a character into butterflies?
This issue, art director and acclaimed Blender artist Andy Goralczyk shows how to create a transition from a character(more) model to a swarm of smaller models in Blender 2.48, available for free from www.blender.org. All the scene files you need to follow this tutorial are on this CD, along with a screen-capture video showing the workflow.

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114
Mar
2009
Animation - Scripting
How can I animate drops of condensation on a bottle?
Digital Context artist Ola Madsen shows you how to animate water condensation on a bottle surface using XSI 7.0's(more) ICE visual programming system. All the scene files and screenshots required to follow the tutorial are on the CD, along with a 13 minute screen-capture video showing the full process.

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113
February
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I make metal more real?
In this issue's lead Q&A, Pete Draper helps a reader achieve superior metal and lacquered surfaces in 3ds(more) Max. All the scene files and screenshots required to follow the tutorial are on the CD, along with a screen-capture video showing the full process.

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112
Jan
2009
Animation - Particles
How do I create flocking birds?
In this issue's lead Q&A, Gary Noden of 422 Manchester shows a 3D World reader how to animate a flock of birds(more) in a convincing flight pattern. The scene files you need for the tutorial are on this CD, along with full-size screenshots for reference. REQUIREMENTS: Maya 2008 or later. LICENSING: Learning use only; please do not use materials in commercial projects without the writer's permission

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111
Xmas
2008
Animation - Rigging
How can I animate a bomb-disposal droid?
Cinema 4D Cafe's Nigel Doyle explains how to use Cinema 4D's XPresso tools to rig a robot so that different moving(more) parts respond to each other's movements automatically as you animate.

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110
Dec
2008
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How do I use node based shading in Lightwave 3D?
Lightwave
This issue, Dan Ablan of 3DGarage.com explains how to use LightWave 3D to animate using a convincing cel shader(more) look, reproducing the feel of traditional animation.

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109
Nov
2008
VFX - Compositing
How do I create a rocket after-burner?
Andy Goralczyk takes this issue's vehicle theme to the stars as he shows you how to create a rocket engine flare(more) using Blender's node compositing tools

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Rigging
How do you set-up facial controls for a character?
As part of this issue's set of walkthroughs themed around the human face, in his Lead Q&A, Ola Madsen explains(more) how to set up a basic facial animation rig. Starting with a cartoon-style head, Ola explains how to create blendshapes and set up a logical interface to control the way in which they are applied to the model by means of expressions. The result is a simple, easily controllable facial rig that you can use to keyframe your own facial animation.

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107
Sept
2008
Animation - Particles
How can I simulate cometary impacts?
Pete Draper explains how to animate a comet as it breaks apart, using custom fragment particles
106
Aug
2008
Animation - Scripting
How do I animate a pin desk top toy?
In issue 106 of 3D World, Gary Noden explains how to create and animate a desktop pin matrix toy in Maya.
105
Jul
2008
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How do I animate leaves blowing in the wind?
Nigel Doyle explains how to use Cinema 4D's cloth simulation engine to animate leaves blowing in a constantly(more) shifting wind, and placed naturally against a image backdrop. In typical 3D-Kiwi fashion, he decided to also narrate a 45 minute tutorial on the subject as well (what a bonus!). Please note that this video is only available via the 3D World web-site at: http://www.3dworldmag.com/page/3dworld?entry=3d_world_105_s_cinema

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104
Jun
2008
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I make an object rust over time?
Lightwave
For this issue's Lead Q&A, Axis Animation's Nicholas Pliatsikas explains how to animate the gradual aging(more) of an object over time in LightWave 3D. Requires LightWave 3D 9; videos require QuickTime 7.

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103
May
2008
Animation - Particles
How do I create a large scale explosion?
Issue 103's themed walkthroughs on recreating the elements in 3D conclude with a Q&A in which Blender expert(more) Bassam Kurdali explores how to use the powerful open-source software package to simulate an exploding building, complete with flames, smoke plume, showers of debris and expanding shockwaves deforming the surrounding terrain.

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102
Apr
2008
Motion Graphics
How can I use XSI to create motion graphics?
This issue, Ola Madsen shows you how to create motion graphics in XSI, using a particle engine to transform one(more) object into a second

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101
Mar
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How can I texture and render photoreal planets correctly?
100
February
2008
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I create realistic ocean foam?
99
Jan
2008
Lighting
How can I make my models look more photoreal?
98
Xmas
2007
Animation - Character
How can I create a tube wave and animate a surfer on it?
Lightwave
97
Dec
2007
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How can I simulate glass breaking as a bullet hits it?
96
Nov
2007
Animation - Rigging
How can I set up and rig Pixar-style eyes?
95
Oct
2007
Animation - Camera
How do I make a medical animation-style fly-through?
94
Sept
2007
Program Integration - Camera
How can I get a Maya camera move into After Effects?
93
Aug
2007
3D Lighting
How do I avoid patchy global illumination in my interiors?
92
Jul
2007
Animation - Character
How can I create a realistic animation of a butterfly?
Lightwave
91
Jun
2007
Animation - Rigging
How can I rig a cartoon work character?
90
May
2007
Animation - Particles
How can I create an exciting cartoon explosion?
89
Apr
2007
Animation - Particles
How can I create a stunning plasma-ball effect?
88
Mar
2007
3D Modeling
How do I build a realistic-looking spaceship?
87
February
2007
Animation - Rigging
How can I create believable jelly-jiggle in my models?
86
Jan
2007
VFX - Object Interactions
How can I animate a gun blasting holes in a wall?
Lightwave
85
Xmas
2006
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How do I animate a raft adrift on the surface of the ocean?
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create Ice Age-like hairy characters in Softimage: XSI?
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
How can I light a CG model to match a real environment?
82
Oct
2006
Animation - Deformations
How can I create an animated book like the one in Shrek 2?
81
Sept
2006
Texturing - Characters
How do you create a believable skin shader in Cinema 4D?
80
Aug
2006
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I animate ghostly writing onto 3D parchment?
79
Jul
2006
Rendering
How can I take my renders to the next level of realism?
78
Jun
2006
3D Lighting
How do I set-up final gathering (FG) for photorealistic lighting?
77
May
2006
Animation - Particles
How can I simulate bacterial cell division?
76
Apr
2006
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I create a convincing underwater shipwreck scene?
75
Mar
2006
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How do I add a realistic cape to my superhero character?
74
February
2006
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I create convincing undulating ocean waves?
73
Jan
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How can I create realistic fur on a cartoon creature?
72
Xmas
2005
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
Create a bullet time animation of a bowling alley
71
Dec
2005
VFX - Object Interactions
Splattering blood on a wall
70
Nov
2005
VFX - Animation
Creating light trails.
69
Oct
2005
Animation - Rigging
How to rig pistons to move with each joint
68
Sept
2005
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How to set up a model car for realistic animation
67
Aug
2005
Animation - Rigging
Deforming characters' joints properly
66
Jul
2005
VFX - Compositing
Create Stars Wars-esque Hologram
65
Jun
2005
VFX - Weather
Cloudscape with volumetric clouds
64
May
2005
3D Lighting
Lighting realistic interiors
63
Apr
2005
VFX - Object Interactions
Tank Tracks
62
Mar
2005
Animation - Particles
Vampire death a la Buffy