Blender Cookie - Texturing and Shading a Sci-Fi Helmet

Blender Cookie - Texturing and Shading a Sci-Fi Helmet

Blender Cookie - Texturing and Shading a Sci-Fi Helmet
Software used: Blender 2.72 | Project Files: Included | 3.99 GB

We've built it. Now we shade it.
It’s a special time in every Digital Artist's journey when the desire to design, build, texture, and shade a space marine's helmet is overwhelming. And that time is now.

Take a moment to be inspired by the great sci-fi space marine designs fromBlizzard, Mike Nash, Vitaly Bulgarov, Fausto De Martini, and others. The fact is, hard-surface-sci-fi-space-marine stuff is cool. So let’s create some of our own!

What You Will Learn
UV Unrwapping

Much like wrapping paper is to a gift, UVs are to a 3D model. In order to paint textures, UVs must be laid out flat. And ideally the result will be most efficient in favor of texel density – which is the amount of texture resolution applied to a models UVs.

We will make use of the Texture Atlas Addon to consolidate our separate objects’ UVs into a single UV space.

Texture Painting
Blender’s painting system enables us to paint directly onto a 3D model, which is often desired over the traditional 2D-texture painting workflow (which Blender also features). We will employ these tools to paint base color, decals, and emission texture maps

Map Baking
Lighting utilities like ambient occlusion and cavity maps (dirty vertex) can be baked onto the UVs of an object as supplemental textures. In this course we will bake out several maps to aid the worn and torn elements of the helmet materials.

Material Creation
This is the meat and potatoes of the course. Here we dive deep into Blender’s Cycles shading nodes to construct complex yet flexible materials that will capture the tangibility of realistic surfaces. We will explore 3 variations of metal – painted, tinted, and bare – complete with intricate wear and dust components. Other material types include leather, LED emission, and lens glass.

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