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This course introduces Mudbox, the Autodesk digital sculpting suite, and teaches digital artists how to create realistic assets in Mudbox, including 3D characters, immersive game environments, and product designs. Author Ryan Kittleson focuses on modeling, sculpting, and texturing, as well as topics such as extracting normal maps and exporting assets to Maya and 3ds Max for further rendering and animation. The final chapter covers techniques for showcasing your work in Mudbox.
Now that we've learned how to move the camera around, let me show you some tips and tricks that can help you quickly position the camera relative to your models. This is especially useful if you accidentally move the camera away from the model and you can't find it again. So let's go ahead and use the Basic Head for this. One problem that you may run into while working is that the camera can sometimes be zoomed, or rotated, so far that the model is no longer visible. So let me go ahead and simulate that. When this happens, it can become disorienting because you can't see anything, and you don't know where to move the camera to get the model back again.
The solution is to simply hit the A key. This instantly snaps the camera to look at the currently active object. If no objects are currently selected, then the camera snaps to show everything in the scene. Other times, you may find that you want to focus on a particular part of the model. This is easily done by holding the cursor over the part that you want to focus on and hit F--and I may have zoomed in a little too close. But if you just zoom out a little bit, you can see it zoomed in right on the forehead where I was holding the cursor.
Now if you rotate around the model, it's going to rotate around that exact spot that you focused on. If you hit F again on another spot, it will zoom in there, and now rotation will occur around that spot. These two hot keys are really great for navigating the scene. Instead of manually moving the camera in or out on a particular spot, you can just point at it and go. Also knowing that you can just hit the A key to find your model is a big relief when you get lost.
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