Category Archives: CX Beginner

POLYGON MODELING, Rotate Tool Group

The Rotate Tool Group consists of the Rotate Element Tool, and the Rotate Normal Tool. Rotation of geometry inside the polygon modeler is grid relative. By default rotation takes place around a line perpendicular to the active grid. However, rotation can also take place around a standard axis, selection normal or a custom grid or guide.
Tools are organized into tool groups. Each tool within the group can have its own key, but can also be cycled to to become the active tool via a ‘tool group’ key. By default, the J key cycles the tool group, but also activates the current tool within the group when another tool is currently active. This allows for flexibility in switching tools.

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POLYGON MODELING, Move Tool Group

The Move Tool Group consists of the Move Element Tool, the Move Normal Tool, and the Slide Element tool (edge mode only). Design 3D controls the movement of elements using differnet 'constraint' modes. These are active grids, guides, geometry 'normals' and sliding. The listing below shows how the 3 tools in the Move Tool Group operate relative to these constraints in order to precisely manipulate geometry.
Movement for any element (polygon, edge, vertex) is;
1. free form, parallel to the active grid (default behavior)
2. along a standard axis;
3. perpendicular to the active grid;
4. along a custom guide/axis;
5. geometric ‘normal’ relative;
6. slide (edge mode only);
Tools are organized into tool groups. Each tool within the tool group can have its own key, but can also be cycled to to become the active tool via a ‘tool group’ key. By default, the M key cycles the tool group, but also activates the current tool within the group when another tool is currently active. This includes Slide, even though its direct key is Shift+S. This allows for flexibility in switching tools.

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UV mapping a cube, for beginners, Part 4

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific
This is the 4th tutorial in the beginner UV mapping series on how to UV map a cube and a cube with extended complexity. This tutorial shows how to unwrap the more complex cube shape using the Conform to Mesh function.
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UV mapping a cube, for beginners, Part 3

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
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UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

This is the 3rd tutorial in the beginner UV mapping series on how to UV map a cube and a cube with extended complexity. This tutorial shows how to work with UV data after further editing has taken place on the original 3D object.


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UV mapping a cube, for beginners, Part 2

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

This UV mapping tutorial extends the first cube UV mapping tutorial by creating somewhat more complex geometry on top, then UV maps it using the Conform to Mesh function.


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UV mapping a cube, for beginners, Part 1

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
7.5 Specific | 8.0 Specific

This UV mapping tutorial walks through the process of applying different texture maps to each of the faces of a cube. It discusses two methods to achieve this. One is by applying individual textures via the subset function, the other is by UV mapping the cube and creating a single bitmap that is applied to the entire cube. This is design for people new to UV mapping and texture application.


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Yogurt Cup, Part 1: Modeling

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
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This is the first of the tutorials walking through the process of creating a yogurt cup. It specifically deals with the model creation.


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The basics of setting up a reflective material, Part 1

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
Texturing | 7.5 Rendering
UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
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This tutorial walks through the basics of using the fresnel interpolator to create realistic materials. It also discusses concepts like incidence angle and energy balance.


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A Plastic Pill Bottle, Part 2: Shading & Rendering

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by Chris Tyler:
Fundamentals | Modeling
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UV Mapping | Miscellaneous
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This tutorial walks through the process of scene setup, shading, and rendering of the basic plastic pill bottle.


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