Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Getting a first look at Mudbox

Getting a first look at Mudbox provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Ryan… Show More

Mudbox 2013 Essential Training

with Ryan Kittleson

Video: Getting a first look at Mudbox

Getting a first look at Mudbox provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Ryan Kittleson as part of the Mudbox 2013 Essential Training
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 7m 49s
    1. Introduction
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
    4. Understanding where to store user-made tools
      4m 22s
  2. 49m 31s
    1. Optimizing a Wacom tablet for Mudbox
      1m 54s
    2. Getting a first look at Mudbox
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding the limitations of Mudbox
      4m 2s
    4. Loading a model
      3m 18s
    5. Moving the camera
      3m 43s
    6. Focusing and framing
      1m 33s
    7. Customizing hotkeys
      4m 42s
    8. Importing a reference image plane
      4m 9s
    9. Working with subdivision levels
      3m 40s
    10. Subdivision level tips and tricks
      3m 17s
    11. Editing materials
      5m 46s
    12. Using the selection tools
      4m 37s
    13. Hiding and unhiding parts of a model
      2m 50s
    14. Selection tips and tricks
      3m 13s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Sculpting in Mudbox
      5m 49s
    2. Using the standard sculpting tools
      6m 21s
    3. Using the special sculpting tools
      3m 54s
    4. Customizing the sculpt tools
      4m 28s
    5. Making a custom crease tool
      4m 7s
    6. Using stamps
      4m 12s
    7. Using stencils
      5m 50s
    8. Freezing parts of a sculpt
      3m 8s
    9. Sculpting custom stamps and stencils
      6m 24s
    10. Sculpting with layers
      3m 16s
    11. Editing sculpt layers
      3m 3s
    12. Working with multiple sculpt layers
      3m 8s
    13. Sculpting symmetrical details on an asymmetrical model
      2m 45s
    14. Bringing it together: Sculpting demo
      4m 16s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Using the Object List
      4m 1s
    2. Translating objects
      3m 12s
    3. Duplicating and flipping an object
      2m 57s
    4. Transferring detail between two models
      4m 38s
    5. Cleaning up problems with transfer details
      4m 19s
    6. Using materials with multiple objects
      3m 45s
  5. 37m 8s
    1. Using UV maps
      3m 58s
    2. Creating and importing UVs
      3m 39s
    3. Creating paint layers
      2m 35s
    4. Using basic painting tools
      4m 34s
    5. Using adjustment painting tools
      2m 31s
    6. Painting with the advanced tools
      5m 22s
    7. Editing stencils
      4m 54s
    8. Working with paint layers
      4m 15s
    9. Texturing with Ptex
      5m 20s
  6. 38m 40s
    1. Understanding texture channels
      4m 53s
    2. Painting bump maps
      6m 21s
    3. Making the most of texture channels
      5m 59s
    4. Transfering paint layers between models
      3m 55s
    5. Making normal maps
      4m 44s
    6. Creating ambient occlusion maps
      4m 53s
    7. Generating displacement maps
      3m 48s
    8. Preparing texture files for use in other applications
      4m 7s
  7. 16m 6s
    1. Introduction to joints and posing
      5m 12s
    2. Creating joint skeletons
      3m 23s
    3. Painting weights
      4m 50s
    4. Posing a character
      2m 41s
  8. 19m 59s
    1. Lighting the scene
      5m 17s
    2. Using point and image-based lights
      3m 23s
    3. Setting up viewport effects
      6m 5s
    4. Rendering still images and movies
      5m 14s
  9. 1m 45s
    1. Next steps
      1m 45s

please wait ...
Getting a first look at Mudbox
Video Duration: 2m 47s 4h 14m Beginner


Getting a first look at Mudbox provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Ryan Kittleson as part of the Mudbox 2013 Essential Training

View Course Description

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.

Topics include:
  • Optimizing a Wacom tablet for Mudbox
  • Navigating the 3D space
  • Editing materials
  • Sculpting with stamps, stencils, and layers
  • Creating and importing UV maps
  • Texturing with Ptex
  • Painting bump maps
  • Creating ambient occlusion and displacement maps
  • Posing characters with jointed skeletons
  • Lighting a scene
  • Rendering still images and movies from Mudbox
3D + Animation

Getting a first look at Mudbox

Mudbox has a straightforward and intuitive interface that is relatively easy to get used to. If you've used other 3D programs before it should feel pretty familiar. You can even customize it to behave similarly to other programs like the ZBrush, 3ds Max, or Maya. In this video I'll introduce the basic interface arrangement, so let's start up Mudbox. The first time you run it you'll see a popup that lets you customize things like Language and Keyboard Preferences. I'm used to working in Maya, so I am going to set the mouse and interaction mode to behave kind of like Maya does.

Be aware, however, that this only changes the Viewport Navigation Controls. Also, during this course, I may mention, for example, to Alt+right-click on something or to middle-drag something else. If you choose a different keyboard configuration you may not get the same results that I do. With that out of the day, let's go ahead and click OK. Let's go ahead and click on one of the Preset scenes and get familiar with the interface. The main part of the interface is the Viewport. This is where you'll view the model and where you'll interact with it.

There is a few other Viewport types, the default type is the 3D view, and you can access it by clicking this tab here. There's also the UV view, I'll talk more about this view later on, but basically it shows you how the model is broken up for Texture Mapping. Then there's also the Image Browser, this is a way of finding images on your computer and quickly loading them into Mudbox. Finally, there is the Mudbox Community, which is basically a web site where you can get models and textures that other people have made available. All right, let's go back to the 3D view. Now down at the bottom left is the tool palette.

This is where you can pick from a variety of brushes and tools that modified the model in some way, from painting, to sculpting, to posing, and moving and selecting the model, this is where you choose all your tools. To the right of that is a palette of useful items that can be applied to brushes or to the model directly. You can sculpt and paint these stamps and stencils onto the model or apply various materials or lighting presets. I'll be going over these palettes more in-depth as the course goes on.

In the upper right is a palette that lets you see all the objects in the scene, as well as examine various layers that have been created on any particular object. You can also play with Viewport Filters that affect how the model is seen in the Viewport. Finally, below this palette is the Properties palette, this is where you can change the settings of any brush or currently selected object. I'll cover this more completely as well, later in the course. So that's the Mudbox interface, it may seem like a lot to take in at once, but as we start working on different projects it'll all start to feel like second nature.

There are currently no FAQs about Mudbox 2013 Essential Training.






Don't show this message again
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Mudbox 2013 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a Member and Create Custom Playlists

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of online learning video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Log in

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

You started this assessment previously and didn’t complete it.

You can pick up where you left off, or start over.

Resume Start over

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.