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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Landscapes
Forest Techniques: Creating Plants in Maya/Mental ray
A 22-minute sample chapter from the Gnomon Workshop's new Forest Techniques training series for Maya
161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Landscapes
Create stunning forest scenes
Alex Alvarez, founder and director of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, shares his expert tips on how to render(more) photoreal natural environments.

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161
Nov
2012
VFX - Compositing
Animate glowing plasma trails
Explore plasma effects with Christopher Kenworthy's video: This issue, Christopher Kenworthy shows you how to(more) create flowing plasma trails inside After Effects. The disc includes his full video tutorial, plus scene files. Requires: After Effects Licensing: Personal use

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161
Nov
2012
VFX - Compositing
Animate glowing plasma trails
This issue, Christopher Kenworthy shows you how to create flowing plasma trails inside After Effects. Requires:(more) After Effects

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161
Nov
2012
2D Compositing
Composite in post for better renders
Video tutorial and screenshots for Paul Hatton's compositing workshop: This issue, Paul Hatton explains how(more) to achieve better output with 16-bit compositing. Watch the video on the disc for the full workflow. Requires: 3ds Max, After Effects Licensing: Personal use

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161
Nov
2012
2D Compositing
Composite in post for better renders
This issue, Paul Hatton explains how to achieve better output with 16-bit compositing. Requires: 3ds Max, After(more) Effects

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161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Cloth, fabrics and/or clothing
Model soft interior funishings with Marvelous Designer
Videos and files for Jane Chambers' soft furnishings workshop: This issue, Jane Chambers explores the creation(more) of soft furnishings for interiors using Marvelous Designer. The disc includes her screen-capture videos and project files. Requires: 3ds Max, Marvelous Designer Licensing: Personal use

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161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Cloth, fabrics and/or clothing
Model soft interior funishings with Marvelous Designer
This issue, Jane Chambers explores the creation of soft furnishings for interiors using Marvelous Designer.(more) Requires: 3ds Max, Marvelous Designer

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161
Nov
2012
Rendering - Textures and/or Materials
Render realistic metal surfaces
Mike Griggs explains the guiding principles of rendering metal surfaces. The disc includes reference screenshots(more) from the magazine. Requires: Any major 3D software Licensing: Personal use

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161
Nov
2012
Modeling - Character
An insight into character design
Make each character an individual as the artists behind "A Fox Tale" reveal their design process
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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161
Nov
2012
3D Modeling and Sculpting
Mudbox 2013 (version #2013)
If you're an Autodesk user, Mudbox 2013 provides a total sculpting solution. If not, other apps offer more for(more) less money.

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161
Nov
2012
Hardware - Computer
Boston Venom 2300-7T
Boston's Venom 2300-7T can really boost your rendering times, but only when used with CUDA-enabled software.
161
Nov
2012
Hardware - Input
Wacom Cintiq 12WX
Although the bigger (and more expensive) model may be the one for all-day every-day use, the 12WX is a capable(more) option that performs admirably for occasional use.

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161
Nov
2012
Book/DVD
Secrets of Z-Brush Experts
A high quality book, full of inspirational artwork and helpful techniques for hobbyists and professionals artists(more) alike.

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161
Nov
2012
Book/DVD
Introduction to Z-Brush 4
An incredible thorough and detailed training guide to the comprehensive software - a must-have for Z-Brush users.