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Game Character Modeling and Animation with 3ds Max

By Yancey Clinton

  1. ISBN: 9780240809786
  2. Publication Date: August 2007
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 360
  5. Price:
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    • £26.99 (GBP)
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Description

This book takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a playable 3D character using 3DS Max.

Offering a complete overview of the 3D real-time character asset creation pipeline. Yancey Clinton will take you through the five major subjects used in the asset pipeline:
1. 3D modeling, including techniques specifically for both the body and head.
2. Unwrapping a model, which is one of the most misunderstood processes.
3. An overview of creating textures for your Unwrapped chararacter using Photoshop.
4. Rigging or Skinning a Character, using the industry standard Character Studio 4.
5. 'How to make your character move' with an overview of game animation and deeper into Character Studio.

But it doesn't end there! Yancey also shows you the final step; how to actually put the model into the Unreal editor and compile it for play in Unreal Tournament.

Author Bio

Yancey Clinton is an internationally known Master of 3DS Max. Having taught 3ds before Max existed, back in the 'dark days' of DOS, he instructed thousands for new careers in the 3D arts. With his own freelance production company and over 15 years experience in 3D production, Yancey has worked on all different kinds 3D related projects, mostly for video games, print, and production. As one of the few Discreet Certified Instructor of 3ds Max, and an Adobe Certified Trainer, Yancey brings his rich background of production and instructional experience to the DMA programs. He lives in San Francisco.

Contents

Why make a real-time character?
What it takes to make real-time character?
Software
Hardware
Time

What is a 3d real-time character made of?
Model
Texture
Skeleton
Animations

What this book will teach you and include
How to do all of the above
Samples of the above

Chapter 1 3D Character modeling
Character design, before you begin modeling
The model sheet
Setting up for 3d character modeling
Where to start
Building in pieces
Body Building
Tutorial
Head Building (more than just low polly modeling)
Tutorial
Finalizing in preparation for unwrapping

Chapter 2 Texture Mapping and the UVW Unwrap Modifier
What is a texture map?
Components of a complete texture map
Diffuse
Bump Map
Normal Bump Map (max7)
What is mapping?
Spherical mapping
Planer mapping
Cylindrical mapping
Box mapping
What is UVW Unwrap?
Why Unwrap?
Why the checker map?
Unwrapping the Body
Tutorial
Unwrapping the Head
Tutorial
Preparation for Painting

Chapter 3 - Painting the texture
Painting in Photoshop CS, tools
Editing your Unwrap snapshot, layers, crop
Painting Faces
Painting cloths
File types

Chapter 4 - Rigging
One small fix for the model before rigging (UT2004fix)
Introduction to Character Studio
Biped
Figure mode
Sizing the Armature
Footstep mode
Freeform mode
Physique
Adding Physique for Games
Adding Physique for everyone else
Editing the Physique modifier
The Rig
Tutorial
Adding animation to your Biped
The 68 animations for Unreal2004
Changing animations (.BIP's)
Exporting for UT2004


Chapter 5 - Export/Import
Using Actor-X
Gathering assets
Using Unreal Ed 3.0 to compile your character
Tutorial
Adding your character to the game
Tutorial

Chapter 6 - Editing Motion capture data with Character Studio
Importing, key reduction, footprint extraction
Conversion to freeform/footprint
Editing, blending, layers, motion flow

Afterword