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CG artist and environmental designer David Lesperance explains how he creates the rich, lifelike backdrops for popular games like World of Warcraft, Halo, Diablo, and StarCraft.
Take your drawings from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD. Learn to model a building, complete with doors, windows, a staircase, a roof, and surrounding terrain, with AutoCAD 2015.
Discover how to create realistic brick textures from scratch in Photoshop.
Learn how to master the UVW mapping tools in 3ds Max and map 2D textures to complex 3D objects.
A quick introduction to Maya's MEL (or Maya Embedded Language) scripting, which can help speed up repetitive tasks and give you access to advanced features.
Learn how to use Photoshop to create a custom slate texture that's great for modeling building interiors (floors) and exteriors (roofs).
Create a realistic wood texture, complete with grain, knots, and whorls, with Photoshop, and apply it to a scene in 3ds Max.
Learn to design, model, and render a detailed cityscape with Illustrator and Maya.
Learn to draw metal textures from scratch with Photoshop and Illustrator, and link them to materials in 3ds Max.
Learn how to set up and direct Bullet simulations for collisions, breakage, and simple cloth effects.
Learn to create stereoscopic 3D environments in Maya.
Introduces the basic and not-so-basic features of mental ray, the production-proven renderer of choice for many 3ds Max users.
Learn to design and model a city from almost any era, with Illustrator (or any other vector drawing program) and 3ds Max.
Learn how to rig your 3D characters for realistic motion and animation with 3ds Max.
Learn how to rig a bird for animation in Maya.
Learn how to rig a four-legged creature (aka a quadruped) in Maya.
Learn how to light and render the exterior of a building with 3ds Max, and composite the final scene in Nuke and After Effects.
Learn how to render the exterior of a building with both day and night lighting rigs using Maya, and composite the final scene in Nuke and After Effects.
Learn how to model, texture, render, and animate 3D characters and scenes with Maya 2015.
Learn how to create walk, run, and skip animations that give your character style and subtly move the story along.
Learn how to create replacements parts for household appliances, furniture, and more with Tinkercad and a desktop 3D printer.
Render product shots in their best light with Maya and After Effects.
Present product renderings in their best light with 3ds Max and After Effects.
Learn how to build 3D models, graphics, and animation with 3ds Max 2015.
Learn how to replicate three unique lighting setups for the inside of any building in 3ds Max, including daylight, dusk, and night shots.
Model and render a fully realized Formula 1 steering wheel from an initial product concept sketch.
Learn how to replicate three unique lighting setups for a fully detailed modern office lobby in Maya, starting with direct daylight.
Scott Pagano, head of LA design studio Neither-Field, walks us through the motion-based, viral music videos he designed for the electronic music trio the M Machine.
Create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with the Cloth system in 3ds Max.
Use blend shapes and a joint-based approach to build facial controls that are versatile and easy to use.
Make construction models that work for everyone on your team. Learn how to use Revit's parts, assemblies, and displacement views to break your model down and add detail and refinement.
Meet Toxik, a node-based compositor for Maya.
Learn how to expertly control and animate cameras in your Maya projects and give viewers a window into your 3D world.
A collection of over 40 tips and tricks will help you work smarter, not harder, and build more sophisticated models in Maya.
Introduces you to Backburner and the basic concepts behind network rendering, a more efficient method of rendering that spreads the workload to servers, one frame at a time.
Learn how to perform 2D and 3D camera tracking with MatchMover and import the results in Maya.
Learn how to animate and render a professional-looking 3D space scene with Maya.
Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.
Transform a 2D matte painting into a 3D scene, complete with a moving camera, shifting perspective, and an animated background.
Bradley G Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, explains how he makes his op-art-inspired geometric prints by using 3D tools in entirely new ways.
Start creating great looking particle animations for rain, smoke, fire, and more with Particle Flow in 3ds Max.
Learn how to establish a clear production pipeline to transition your characters from 3ds Max to the Unity 3D game engine.
Walks through the new functionality and utilities in 3ds Max 2014 that make creating 3D models and animations easier and faster than ever.
Introduces the major improvements to Maya 2014, including the new Modeling Toolkit and Paint Effects.
Prepare your models in Maya and then send them for 3D printing on Shapeways, an online service that ships reproductions straight to your door.
Learn to destroy a building with a fireball, using an After Effects 3D environment, Maya dynamic simulations, and matte painted elements.
Create, render, and customize fur and hair for your 3D models in Maya.
Learn to rig a car model in Autodesk Maya for use in animation, games, design visualization, and visual effects.
Learn to render realistic bodies of water such as ponds and oceans and underwater shots with Maya—essential skills in a visual effects artist's toolkit.
Bring scenes to life by building realistic fluid simulations in Maya, including foam and bubbles, liquid being poured, and volumetric liquid in a container.