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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
118
Jul
2009
3D Modeling
Hexagon (version #2) (Full version)
Hexagon is a 3D poly-modelling application that provides easy-to-use yet advanced tools for illustrators, graphic(more) artists and modellers and animators. Hexagon was designed to deliver direct polygon modelling and surface subdivision, complex curves and surfaces creation, dynamic construction history and more.

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118
Jul
2009
3D Model Collection
3d02.com Model Collection

(4 files)
3d02.com provides high-quality 3D models and digital assets as well as an open platform that allows artists to(more) publish and sell their models through the website. 3d02.com has provided 3D World with models of a McLaren F1 2009, a Mazda 2 2008, a Como sideboard and a hydraulic excavator. The models are provided in a variety of formats including; 3DS, C4D, DXF, FBX, LWO, MAX, MB, OBJ, and XSI. Licensing: Commercial use

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118
Jul
2009
3D Model Collection
De Espona African Elephant Model

(1 file)
De Espona provides custom modelling services, and has created content for dozens of high-profile clients. This(more) issue's model shows the high standard of its work. Included in the folder is a highly detailed and fully rigged model of an African male elephant. The model is mapped and textured, and is provided in MAX format. For ideas of how to use this model in your animation projects, see our 10-Minute Tutorial in the magazine. Licensing: Commercial use

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118
Jul
2009
2D Texture Collection
Environment Textures samples

(12 files)
Environment Textures creates textures for 3D artists and game developers. Its website provides thousands of textures(more) in a broad range of categories. In the folder are 12 high-resolution (2048x2048), seamless textures for use in your projects. Textures include grass (2), dirt (1), bark (1), dried mud (2), pebbles (2), rusted metal (2), metal filings(1) and stone (1). All files are provided in JPEG format. Licensing: Commercial use

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118
Jul
2009
Texturing - Characters
Character Texturing for Production: Material and Texturing Techniques with Ian Joyner
This CD includes the 34-minute chapter 'Roughing in Textures for Head' from the Gnomon Workshop training DVD Character(more) Texturing for Production: Material and Texturing Techniques with Ian Joyner. In the complete DVD, Ian textures and completes a game cinematic character he modelled in an earlier DVD. He shows different techniques to UV map objects of various complexities quickly and efficiently using 3ds Max's UV tools and DeepUV. Ian covers both hand-painted and image-based methods to create textures for the character. Licensing: Learning use only

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118
Jul
2009
Animation - Lip Syncing
Animate the Hollywood Way: Maya Mambo Tutorial
This issue, character animator Kyle Balda (formerly at Pixar) continues his look at process of lip-synching in(more) Maya. This disc includes the scene files you need to follow the tutorial, along with playblasts for various stages and the original lip-sync video reference. Visit the 3D World website to download video walkthroughs for in-depth study of this topic.

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118
Jul
2009
Animation - Rigging
The Tale of a Rat's Tail
This issue, freelance artist Christopher Plush shows you how to rig characters from the Blender Institute game(more) Yo Frankie! - also known as Project Apricot. The scene files you need are on this disc, and video walkthroughs showing the full process are available to download at the 3D World website. For Blender 2.48

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118
Jul
2009
Animation - Character
The Next Move: Anticipation
n a new series, Weta Workshop's Steve Lambert is guiding you through the the 12 classic principles of Disney animation.(more) This issue, he looks at the concepts behind anticipation. This disc includes scene files and video examples showing the principles in action.

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118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
Pipe Dreaming
his issue, The Mill's Andy Nicholas takes you through the construction of a pipe-making script for Softimage,(more) based on the technique he used in his work on a recent Barclaycard commercial. This disc includes the full script with comprehensive annotations, enabling you to apply its principles to your own scripts. There's also a sample scene file so you can see the script in operation.

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118
Jul
2009
VFX - Compositing
10-Minute Tutorial: Out of Africa
This issue, VFX artist Mark Patterson shows you how to integrate the African Male Elephant model, included on(more) the disc courtesy of De Espona, onto a Photoshop-based backdrop. Here's Mark's narrated video tutorial showing the workflow, along with the necessary scene files.

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118
Jul
2009
Character - Anatomical Knowledge
Beneath the Surface
Anatomical knowledge is the basis of all good character design. Framestore's Scott Eaton shares his anatomy tips(more) to help you bring credibility to your models.

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118
Jul
2009
2D Particle Animation
How can I create a crackling electrical beam of light?
118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I create wound guitar strings?
118
Jul
2009
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
How can I build and render a rope made of natural finers?
Lightwave
118
Jul
2009
Animation - Motion Graphics
How would I use Maya for motion graphics?
118
Jul
2009
VFX - Fire, Flames and Explosions
How can I quickly create a realistic fire without leaving Fusion?
118
Jul
2009
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
How can I remove light and shadows with minimum loss of information?
118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I make a normal map for a game model?
118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Spline or NURBS based
How do I create a shaped object like an S-shaped bench? I can't rotate the profile to extrude it?
118
Jul
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Houdini 10 Master (version #10)
Guided by user feedback, Side Effects has expanded Houdini's feature list. Jacob Clark picks his way through(more) its latest tricks.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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118
Jul
2009
3D Game Creation
Unity (version #2.5)
While the transition to Windows is a reason enough for a new release, Mike Tully asks what else Unity 2.5 brings(more) to the table.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 9/10

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118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Character
Quidam (version #3)
Despite the revamped 3D paint system and direct bridge to Photoshop, Steve Jarratt asks whether the latest version(more) truly delivers.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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118
Jul
2009
Plugin
Craft Director Tools (version #8.1)
Proven 3D Studio Max and Maya vehicle and camera add-on (for realistically creating realistic camera and vehicle(more) dynamic simulations) now supports Cinema 4D. Nigel Doyle asks how C4D users will benefit.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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118
Jul
2009
Hardware - Computer
Workstation Specialists WSM114
Shorhorning a quad-core processor into a laptop offers desktop rendering performance in a portable package.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10

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