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Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop
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Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop

with Adam Crespi

Video: Welcome

Hi, I'm Adam Crespi, and welcome to Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop. In this course we will look at modular modeling techniques and ways to stack UVs for a texture sheet, getting the most out of our UV space and repeating textures on an object. Additionally, we will look at ways to paint textures and add layers of dirt, wear, and grunge, exploring baking and be an occlusion for both rust and dirt. Finally, we will export out into Unity, lighting up our model and navigating around to see if things really work in the game.
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  1. 8m 26s
    1. Welcome
      42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      22s
    4. Setting up the workflow
      5m 45s
  2. 18m 51s
    1. Identifying key contours and shadows in concept art
      3m 25s
    2. Analyzing concept art for texture possibilities
      4m 19s
    3. Adding perceived detail through texture
      2m 20s
    4. The limitations of normal maps
      2m 57s
    5. Analyzing concept art for key shadow details
      2m 43s
    6. Identifying shadow details as generated or painted
      3m 7s
  3. 34m 35s
    1. What is a module?
      3m 15s
    2. Overview of the snap tools and precision modeling techniques
      6m 30s
    3. Blocking out the basic form of a building
      7m 5s
    4. Designing modular elements
      6m 29s
    5. The iterative process: Assembly and teardown
      3m 35s
    6. Planning for occlusion and texture stacking
      7m 41s
  4. 47m 10s
    1. Adding foundation elements
      8m 28s
    2. Modeling a high-poly roll-up garage door
      8m 35s
    3. Improving building details
      5m 35s
    4. Building an island and a canopy
      12m 53s
    5. Constructing high-detail doors
      11m 39s
  5. 21m 58s
    1. Adding door elements
      7m 43s
    2. Building a roof
      4m 11s
    3. Modeling light-tight walls
      5m 14s
    4. Adding miscellaneous elements such as air conditioners, signs, and steps
      4m 50s
  6. 35m 38s
    1. Mapping UV projection types
      7m 33s
    2. Moving and sewing UVs
      7m 34s
    3. Planning a texture sheet
      10m 49s
    4. Stacking UVs
      9m 42s
  7. 42m 53s
    1. Overview of ambient occlusion
      6m 46s
    2. Overview of the Transfer Map dialog and baking
      6m 4s
    3. Baking occlusion using the Batch Bake dialog
      7m 20s
    4. Using occlusion as a foundation for dirt
      12m 3s
    5. Baking a normal map using the Transfer Map dialog
      10m 40s
  8. 56m 23s
    1. Assessing the size of elements on a texture sheet
      9m 41s
    2. Drawing detail at the right size
      13m 22s
    3. Using tiling and non-tiling textures
      11m 29s
    4. Painting layers of dirt and wear
      9m 25s
    5. Painting specular and transparent textures
      12m 26s
  9. 44m 38s
    1. Cleaning up, exporting, and importing the model
      15m 19s
    2. Importing textures and marking them for use
      6m 52s
    3. Adding lights to test smoothing and textures
      7m 6s
    4. Refining materials
      14m 22s
    5. Viewing the final project
      59s
  10. 17s
    1. Next steps
      17s

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Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop
5h 10m Intermediate Aug 08, 2012

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This course is a practical guide to constructing 3D buildings that can be used to populate video game environments. Author Adam Crespi starts with a gas station taken from a photograph—retrieving measurements and dimensions with modular blocking and planning techniques in Adobe Photoshop—and then re-creates the building in Maya with polygonal modeling and advanced texturing techniques. The course shows how to model elements such as walls, doors, and roofs, including stacking UVs on a texture sheet, and also sheds light on simulating real-world details like dirt, wear, and grime, using ambient occlusion and normal baking in a high- to low-poly workflow. The final chapter shows how to export the model to the Unity gaming engine for final cleanup and rendering.

Topics include:
  • Analyzing concept art for contours, texture, and shadow detail
  • Blocking out the basic form of a building
  • Modeling modular elements
  • Planning for occlusion and texture stacking
  • Creating the low-poly-count elements
  • Planning a texture sheet
  • Stacking UVs
  • Transferring maps
  • Baking occlusion and normal maps
  • Drawing detail at the right size
  • Painting layers of dirt and wear
  • Adding lights and refining materials
Subjects:
3D + Animation Modeling Textures Game Design
Software:
Maya Photoshop
Author:
Adam Crespi

Welcome

Hi, I'm Adam Crespi, and welcome to Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop. In this course we will look at modular modeling techniques and ways to stack UVs for a texture sheet, getting the most out of our UV space and repeating textures on an object. Additionally, we will look at ways to paint textures and add layers of dirt, wear, and grunge, exploring baking and be an occlusion for both rust and dirt. Finally, we will export out into Unity, lighting up our model and navigating around to see if things really work in the game.

We will be covering all these features, plus plenty of other tools and techniques, so let's get started with Creating Game Environments in Maya and Photoshop.

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