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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
163
Xmas
2012
Animation - Rigging
I get flippy, twitchy IK no matter what I seem to do. What's going on?
Lightwave
163
Xmas
2012
Modeling - Asset Management
How do I set up Digital Assets to create unlimited object variations?
163
Xmas
2012
VFX - Object Interactions
How do I add 3D elements to a photo?
163
Xmas
2012
VFX - Object Interactions
How do I add 3D elements to a photo?
See Rob Redman's guide to placing 3D objects in a photo using Cinema 4D in a 7 minute video tutorial.
163
Xmas
2012
Animation - Masks
How can I animate a mask in 3D space without keyframing?
163
Xmas
2012
Animation - Masks
How can I animate a mask in 3D space without keyframing?
Find out how to animate masks in 3D space in After Effects with Christopher Kenworthy's 3 minute video tutorial.
162
Dec
2012
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I make notes on a whiteboard?
Lightwave
162
Dec
2012
Animation - Deformations
How do I make a moving cage around my organic animated mesh?
162
Dec
2012
Rendering - Camera Effects
How do I make my renders look less clinical and more like sylish toy-camera shots?
162
Dec
2012
VFX - Image Tracking
How can I attach a lens flare to a moving object?
161
Nov
2012
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How do I create a mushroom clound using Phoenix FD?
161
Nov
2012
Animation - Splines
How do I make a spline adapt to objects it is connected to automatically?
161
Nov
2012
Animation - Rigging
How can I automatically create separate weight maps for the left and right sides of a head?
161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
What's the best way to create a spiral staircase?
161
Nov
2012
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Z-Brush 4 R4 (version #4)
This is a fantastic revision to Z-Brush: so feature rich that it almost deserves to be a new version in itself.(more) As a free update, it's essential to upgrade.

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160
Oct
2012
Stereoscopic 3D
How do I create a stereoscopic image using the VRayStereoscopic helper?
160
Oct
2012
VFX - Compositing
Can I feather one part of a mask but not another for a composited element?
160
Oct
2012
Animation - Rigging
What's the best way to rig a real-time hand?
160
Oct
2012
Modeling - Landscapes
Can I create a rocky landscape without manually placing all the rocks?
Lightwave
159
Sept
2012
Animation - Motion Graphics
How can I create a cartoony scrap between letters, revealing a title?
159
Sept
2012
Rendering - Optimization
What's a good workflow that enables you to tweak your renders quickly?
159
Sept
2012
Modeling - Character
How do I make good topology for rigging?
159
Sept
2012
Animation - Camera
How do I create a smooth path through rugged terrain procedurally?
158
Aug
2012
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I make glass surfaces look real rather than just transparent?
158
Aug
2012
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
What's the best way to blend normal maps?
158
Aug
2012
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How do I create a metallic car paint using V-Ray CarPaint Materials
158
Aug
2012
Animation - Rigging
How can I use IK and bones to rig a chained weapon?
157
Jul
2012
VFX - Hair Simulation
How can I create a thatched roof for a beach hut with Maya Hair?
157
Jul
2012
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I quickly UV a head model in Maya?
157
Jul
2012
VFX - Animation
How can I procedurally generate a crack creeping up a wall?
157
Jul
2012
Animation - Rigging
How do I rig an insect in Cinema 4D R13?
156
Jun
2012
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How can I animate falling Dominoes in Blender 2.6?
156
Jun
2012
Workflow and Efficiency
How do I configure Z-Brush to fit my specific workflow?
156
Jun
2012
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How do I simulate an ocean and create a shader for it?
156
Jun
2012
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How do I make a wave without using a displacement map?
155
May
2012
Rendering - Non photorealistic
What options are there for rendering a wireframe in Maya?
155
May
2012
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do I place objects dynamically?
155
May
2012
Animation - Scripting
How can I make one object move another without using dynamics?
155
May
2012
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do I simulate a demolition ball using 3D Studio Max and MassFX?
154
Apr
2012
Modeling - Topology
How do I retopologise a DynaMesh head sculpt in Z-Brush
154
Apr
2012
Animation - Rigging
Can I use a spline to control my bones?
154
Apr
2012
Animation - 2D Layers in 3D Space
How do I animate a shaped transition in After Effects?
154
Apr
2012
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
What's the fastest way to create a depth-of-field effect using 3D Studio Max?
152
February
2012
Animation - Splines
How do I grow an object such as a plant over time?
152
February
2012
Animation - Dynamics (Soft Body)
How can I get soft bodies in 3D Studio Max 2012?
152
February
2012
Rendering - Camera Effects
How can I get rid of the CG look?
152
February
2012
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I exclude object reflection and refraction?
151
Jan
2012
VFX - Object Interactions
How do I make a photo background to add an object to, with realistic backgrounds?
151
Jan
2012
Animation - Basics
What is gimbal lock and can I avoid it?
151
Jan
2012
Modeling - General
How can I get flexible complex bevels for motion grpahics?
151
Jan
2012
VFX - Image Tracking
How can remove someone from a shot?
151
Jan
2012
2D HDRI Creation, Management and/or Editing
How can I create an HDR environment map from a scene?
151
Jan
2012
Program Integration - Lighting
How do I add a light wrap to my keyed footage?
150
Xmas
2011
Modeling - Landscapes
What's the best way to create an underwater coral reef effect?
150
Xmas
2011
Color Theory
If my Color Space settings are set to Linear, am I now working in linear color space?
Lightwave
150
Xmas
2011
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I create strands between two objects?
150
Xmas
2011
Modeling - Spline or NURBS based
How can I fix messy lathe NURBS?
150
Xmas
2011
Rendering - Optimization
How do I correctly render a mirrored normal map in mental ray?
147
Oct
2011
Modeling - Object Replacement or Proxies
How do I quickly distribute rocks across a plane?
147
Oct
2011
Animation - Rigging
How can I animate a rotating pivot point?
147
Oct
2011
Animation - Lights
How can I animate a wall of light bulbs in different patterns?
147
Oct
2011
Animation - Camera
How can I fake a camera shake?
147
Oct
2011
Rendering - Optimization
How can I speed up depth of field?
147
Oct
2011
Rendering - Optimization
How can I adapt my materials to speed up renders?
147
Oct
2011
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How can I create dynamic smoke trails for multiple rockets.
146
Sept
2011
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How is timeline used in Z-Brush?
146
Sept
2011
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How do I use sub-surface scattering?
146
Sept
2011
Modeling - General
How can I extrude or thicken an object?
Lightwave
146
Sept
2011
Rendering - Optimization
How can I speed up my renders?
146
Sept
2011
Modeling - Game Asset Development
How do I prepare Maya files for use in game engines?
146
Sept
2011
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I use Blender to create buildings with photorealistic textures?
145
Aug
2011
Modeling - Character Poses
When posing a character, should I model the pose or adjust it afterwards?
145
Aug
2011
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Is it possible to add depth to a photo?
145
Aug
2011
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I quickly add dirt and weathering to my models?
modo
145
Aug
2011
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How can I leave a wet area where my fluids were?
145
Aug
2011
Modeling - Atmospheres and/or Environment Creation
What's the best way to create ground fog?
145
Aug
2011
Workflow and Efficiency
What's the best way of adding editable assets to a scene?
145
Aug
2011
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I fix the backs of my frosted materials?
Lightwave
144
Jul
2011
Animation - Particles
How do I make rocks tumble as they roll down a hill?
144
Jul
2011
Modeling - Character Poses
How do I model clean deformations on the joints of a low-poly character?
144
Jul
2011
VFX - Compositing
How do I properly ground photographic people in CG environments?
144
Jul
2011
VFX - Compositing
How do I replace a sky in comp?
144
Jul
2011
Workflow and Efficiency
How do I create custom keyboard shortcuts
144
Jul
2011
Modeling - Displacement
How do I extract a cavity map?
144
Jul
2011
Rendering
How do I create ambient occlusion on all surfaces?
Lightwave
143
Jun
2011
Modeling - Displacement
How do I create a vector displacement stamp from an existing model?
143
Jun
2011
Animation - Camera
How do I target my camera on the end growth of an animated spline?
143
Jun
2011
Texturing - Shader Use or Development
What's the fastest way to create a brushed metal material?
143
Jun
2011
Modeling - UV Projections
How do I create mirrored UV's?
143
Jun
2011
Modeling - Hair
How do I use images to manipulate fur?
modo
143
Jun
2011
2D Particle Animation
How can I simulate text being cut out?
143
Jun
2011
Animation - Deformations
How can I make realistic boiling water?
Lightwave
142
May
2011
Modeling - Object Replacement or Proxies
How can I give my 3D model a "3D 8-bit" look?
Lightwave
142
May
2011
Animation - Motion Graphics
How can I create a stream of arrows that follow a path?
142
May
2011
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I achieve a Tron-style render?
142
May
2011
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I extract foam data from the ocean shader?
142
May
2011
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I make an animated flame with materials in Blender?
142
May
2011
Modeling - UV Projections
Where should I cut seams for character meshes?
142
May
2011
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can I give my render an old-school Technicolor look?
142
May
2011
Animation - Particles
How do I create a complex particle sequence without taxing the computer?
141
Apr
2011
3D Lighting
How can I create light maps in Gimp?
Gimp
141
Apr
2011
Modeling - Skinning
How can I get a good crease on limb joint?
141
Apr
2011
Motion Graphics
How do I set up a sci-fi control panel with random flashing colors?
141
Apr
2011
Animation - Rigging
How do I rig an accordion lamp?
141
Apr
2011
2D Image Joining
How can I match extra texture layers to a camera angle?
141
Apr
2011
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How do I loop an nCloth simulation?
141
Apr
2011
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
Why do I get black detail meshes after baking terrains?
141
Apr
2011
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How can I set up an animated depth pass with visual DoF feedback?
modo
140
Mar
2011
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I create a time-lapse cloud movie sequence?
140
Mar
2011
3D Lighting
How do I set up three-point RGB lighting in takes?
140
Mar
2011
Animation - Deformations
How do I build a UI to control blend shapes?
140
Mar
2011
2D Particle Animation
How do I create dust floating in the air with a depth of field effect?
140
Mar
2011
Texturing - Game Texture Creation
How can I generate successful rock textures for games?
Gimp
140
Mar
2011
VFX - Virtual Sets and/or Set Extensions
How can I realistically add geometry onto footage of a building?
Lightwave
140
Mar
2011
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I display high-res detail in low res geometry?
140
Mar
2011
Rendering
How can I make 3D Studio Max use the full CPU?
139
February
2011
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I add snow to a scene in post-production
139
February
2011
Animation - 2D Layers in 3D Space
How can create a tunnel effect like the Doctor Who title sequence?
139
February
2011
Animation - Motion Graphics
How do I create a circular swiping animated effect?
139
February
2011
Animation - Motion Graphics
How can I freeze a simulation?
139
February
2011
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I create burning ash and debris effects?
Lightwave
139
February
2011
Animation - Motion Graphics
How can I create extruding tubes for motion graphics?
139
February
2011
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How do I use render channels?
139
February
2011
3D Lighting
Why do I keep losing my lights?
138
Jan
2011
Modeling - Spline or NURBS based
How can I extrude something by using a curve to guide it?
138
Jan
2011
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I use an image sequencer to control the blending of shapes?
138
Jan
2011
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can I produce convincing 8-bit graphics
Lightwave
138
Jan
2011
Modeling - Character
How can I add some functional, stylized arms to my creature?
138
Jan
2011
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How do I make a character appear to have been scanned by a machine?
138
Jan
2011
Rendering - Game Techniques
How can I make reflective floors?
138
Jan
2011
Animation - Scripting
How can I make one object follow another's animation?
138
Jan
2011
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How can create a logo that seems integrated into a water surface?
Realflow
137
Xmas
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I create a pile of rocks?
137
Xmas
2010
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can I make models that look hand drawn?
137
Xmas
2010
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How can I animate streamers on a pinata that follow the pinata as it sways to and fro?
137
Xmas
2010
Animation - 2D Layers in 3D Space
How do I set up a realistic lens flare in 3D space?
137
Xmas
2010
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I turbulise the position of a Locater with ICE kinematics?
137
Xmas
2010
Animation - Basics
How do I make a cube roll on its edges in Blender?
137
Xmas
2010
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How can I create a realistic animation of a nuclear explosion in Maya?
137
Xmas
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I create vines using a particle streams?
136
Dec
2010
Modeling - Cloth, fabrics and/or clothing
How can I make my conforming clothes look more realistic in my renders?
136
Dec
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
Is there a way to add only a bump to an already textured model and have it affect all of the textures?
136
Dec
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I use particle sprites with ICE?
136
Dec
2010
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can I make my render look like a vintage photo?
136
Dec
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can make simple models look like clay?
136
Dec
2010
VFX - Fire, Flames and Explosions
How can I simulate a heat haze effect?
136
Dec
2010
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How can draw line art in 3D space?
Lightwave
136
Dec
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I create particles with the same mapping and material as their emitter?
135
Nov
2010
VFX - Compositing
Is there an effective alternative to 3D particles for creating smoke?
135
Nov
2010
Rendering - Network
How can remove flickering in my GI when I render over a network?
135
Nov
2010
Animation - Motion Paths
How do I create a light cycle effect, where the light trail is created behind the bike?
135
Nov
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I make more realistic specular highlights on shiny surfaces?
Lightwave
135
Nov
2010
VFX - Compositing
How can I simulate the effect of poor digital reception on a monitor or TV?
135
Nov
2010
Animation - Constraints
How do I use a relation constraint to control object parenting?
135
Nov
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I texture a model to look worn along its edges, but not use bitmaps?
135
Nov
2010
Modeling - Character
How can I make a cool medical mannequin?
134
Oct
2010
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
How can I create backdrop planets?
Gimp
134
Oct
2010
Animation - 2D Layers in 3D Space
How can I recreate the look of a "captured moment" commercial?
134
Oct
2010
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I properly align UV's on a water slide?
134
Oct
2010
VFX - Fire, Flames and Explosions
How can I easily create debris from an explosion?
Lightwave
134
Oct
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I create a Transformers-style text effect?
134
Oct
2010
3D Modeling from Images
How can I make usable geometry out of existing 2D images?
134
Oct
2010
VFX - Compositing
How do I make Fusion interpolate a smooth gradient?
134
Oct
2010
Animation - Deformations
How can I set up a squash 'n' stretch rig for a ball?
133
Sept
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I make gradient transparencies?
133
Sept
2010
Animation - Constraints
How can I distribute objects along surface normals without MoGraph?
133
Sept
2010
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How can I use Gimp to re-texture game models?
Gimp
133
Sept
2010
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How can I make high viscous fluids like honey in Realflow?
Realflow
133
Sept
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I make dimples appear as particles collide with a surface?
133
Sept
2010
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How do I make a tileable pattern?
133
Sept
2010
Animation - Constraints
How can I control bone rotations with a Locator?
133
Sept
2010
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I create a sequence of flashing lights?
Lightwave
132
Aug
2010
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How can I render floor reflections separately from their source object?
132
Aug
2010
Workflow and Efficiency
How do I reduce memory overhead while using figures?
132
Aug
2010
2D Animation
How can I create a lava lamp effect?
132
Aug
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
How can I scatte rocks over a piece of rugged terrain?
132
Aug
2010
Animation - Dynamics (Soft Body)
What's the best way to animate a wobbling jelly?
132
Aug
2010
Workflow and Efficiency
How can I make a simple adjustment to several files at the same time?
132
Aug
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I use the Sandbox tools?
132
Aug
2010
Animation - Constraints
How can make a pen follow handwriting?
131
Jul
2010
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How can I make my plants look like they are glowing?
131
Jul
2010
Stereoscopic 3D
How can I create a stereoscopic vision of a still image with no left or right view?
131
Jul
2010
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How can I quickly create a chipped paint effect
131
Jul
2010
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How can I create a procedural texture for an orange?
131
Jul
2010
Interface Customisation
How can I change the viewport texture resolution?
131
Jul
2010
Rendering - Non photorealistic
How do I render transparency and achieve control over lines using Sketch and Toon?
131
Jul
2010
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How do I bring life to my renders?
131
Jul
2010
VFX - Volumetric Effects
How do I make a Pixar-style cloud character?
130
Jun
2010
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I animate between two or more shaders on the same object?
130
Jun
2010
Texturing - Shader Use or Development
How do texture an explosion cloud created with a Replicator?
130
Jun
2010
Modeling - Spline or NURBS based
How can I make splines look more like realistic wires?
130
Jun
2010
Modeling - Object Import and Export
How do get my imported geometry to look right?
130
Jun
2010
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How should I correct my portrait renders in post?
130
Jun
2010
2D Particle Animation
How can I create a torch flame effect?
130
Jun
2010
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I animate a warp speed effect for a spaceship?
130
Jun
2010
Texturing - Shader Use or Development
How can I recreate TV-quality reflection shaders for a sports logo?
Lightwave
129
May
2010
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I reduce render times when dealing with glossy reflections?
129
May
2010
Modeling - Skinning
How can I mirror a skinned mesh with skin weights?
129
May
2010
Modeling - Spline or NURBS based
How do I make a basket weave?
129
May
2010
2D Animation
How can I create a good animated matte shot?