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Mudbox 2013 Essential Training

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Video: Optimizing a Wacom tablet for Mudbox

In order to get the most out of Mudbox you'll want to use a Wacom tablet or other pressure-sensitive pen device. By default, the Wacom settings aren't optimal for use in Mudbox. With a few simple adjustments your Wacom tablet will perform much more intuitively in Mudbox. So before we start Mudbox, let's go to the Wacom Tablet Properties in the Windows Control panel. If you're on a Mac, click the apple in the upper left corner, and then click System Preferences, I'll just open up Hardware and Sound, and then go down to Wacom Tablet Properties.

Optimizing a Wacom tablet for Mudbox

In order to get the most out of Mudbox you'll want to use a Wacom tablet or other pressure-sensitive pen device. By default, the Wacom settings aren't optimal for use in Mudbox. With a few simple adjustments your Wacom tablet will perform much more intuitively in Mudbox. So before we start Mudbox, let's go to the Wacom Tablet Properties in the Windows Control panel. If you're on a Mac, click the apple in the upper left corner, and then click System Preferences, I'll just open up Hardware and Sound, and then go down to Wacom Tablet Properties.

If you don't see your pen listed here in the tools, go ahead and use the pen on the tablet, and it should pop up. So make sure you've got the Pen icon active, and let's change the button, Click Assignment. As it is now you can't use the buttons on the Pen to perform a middle click. I like to set the button furthest from the tip as a right-click. So let's just click this here and go up to Clicks and pick Right-Click. And I also want to set the button in between the two as a middle click, so let's click up here, go to Clicks, and pick Middle Click.

Now let's go to the Mapping tab, this affects how the proportions of the tablet relate to the proportions of your screen. We want the Height and Width Proportions to be the same between the two. So let's turn on Force Proportions. Without this option turned on any movements that you make with the pen will get distorted or stretched. Now there is not a lot of difference on the computer that I'm using, but if you have dual monitors there could be a very large difference for you. With those two changes made we can now close the Wacom Tablet Properties.

In Mudbox you could be using the Wacom Pen for almost everything you do. So it makes sense to optimize it so that you don't have to struggle with the settings, this will help your experience in Mudbox feel much more natural.

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Mudbox 2013 Essential Training

64 video lessons · 8234 viewers

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  1. 7m 49s
    1. Introduction
      58s
    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

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