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Using the exercise files

From: Modeling a Character in 3ds Max

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If you are a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. The exercise files are arranged according to the chapter and movie. And if I go into the 04 subfolder, for example, you'll find different images and files that I'm going to be using in this movie. You'll be opening certain files inside 3D Studio Max.

Using the exercise files

If you are a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. The exercise files are arranged according to the chapter and movie. And if I go into the 04 subfolder, for example, you'll find different images and files that I'm going to be using in this movie. You'll be opening certain files inside 3D Studio Max.

One thing that might happen is you might see this screen. This pop-up is about color calibration settings, so it's nothing we need to worry about for this course. There's something else to watch out for when working with the exercise files in this course. First we need to set Max to show its full resolution textures, so that we can see all of the detail in the reference image. Depending on the computer that you're using, the image might appear blocky or pixelated. If that's the case, go to the Customize menu and click Preferences. I'm going to go to the Viewports tab, and then I'll come down to Configure Driver.

You're going to want to come down to Download Texture Size and turn on Match Bitmap Size as Closely as Possible. Now hit OK and hit OK again. Now let's do one more thing to make sure this image comes in as full resolution as possible. I'm going to into the front viewport and just hit Alt+W to go full screen. So you can see that it's not showing us very much detail. Hit M to open up the Material Editor. So here we've got the bitmap that is bringing in as the material on this image plane. Go ahead and double-click on that.

Now come down and click Reload. Now you can close out of this. Hopefully, you'll see the image get much sharper now. Unfortunately, this setting is not saved when you close Max. Every time you restart 3ds Max you'll have to re-enable Maximum Texture Resolution if you want to see the reference image as clearly as possible. With these options set, we're ready to start working with the exercise files without any complications. If you're a Monthly subscriber or Annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to these exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.

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Modeling a Character in 3ds Max

42 video lessons · 7204 viewers

Ryan Kittleson
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  1. 7m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. What you need to know before watching this course
      52s
    3. Overview of the design process
      3m 26s
    4. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 40m 7s
    1. Extruding edges and faces
      7m 42s
    2. Using Paint Deform
      8m 58s
    3. Working symmetrically
      5m 32s
    4. Using TurboSmooth
      4m 39s
    5. Setting up the image planes
      8m 28s
    6. Exploring edge flow
      4m 48s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Creating the basic facial structure
      5m 26s
    2. Creating the basic facial features
      8m 51s
    3. Making the head and neck
      7m 55s
    4. Refining the mouth
      11m 24s
    5. Shaping the eyes
      10m 53s
    6. Building the nose
      6m 45s
    7. Crafting the ears
      6m 9s
    8. Making the teeth and gums
      10m 4s
    9. Modeling the tongue and eyebrows
      7m 43s
  4. 44m 38s
    1. Modeling the upper body
      9m 45s
    2. Building the hips, legs, and feet
      5m 8s
    3. Constructing the palm and thumb
      7m 14s
    4. Making fingers and finishing the hand
      7m 53s
    5. Fleshing out the body
      9m 22s
    6. Attaching body parts with different numbers of edges
      5m 16s
  5. 13m 39s
    1. Drawing the NURBS curves for hair
      4m 11s
    2. Sweeping the NURBS curves into polygon objects
      3m 32s
    3. Sculpting the polygon hair clumps
      5m 56s
  6. 49m 54s
    1. Modeling the pants
      7m 16s
    2. Making wrinkles in the pants
      9m 0s
    3. Modeling the belt
      5m 30s
    4. Making the belt loops
      6m 35s
    5. Creating the shirt
      9m 33s
    6. Making the shoes
      12m 0s
  7. 12m 7s
    1. Putting on the finishing touches
      6m 7s
    2. Thinking about artistic appeal
      3m 59s
    3. Recapping the most important concepts
      2m 1s
  8. 27m 24s
    1. Understanding UVW maps and seams
      6m 28s
    2. Using Peel to flatten the UVW maps
      3m 50s
    3. Dealing with UVW maps across multiple objects
      10m 5s
    4. Refining the UVW layout
      7m 1s
  9. 51s
    1. What's next
      51s

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