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by Amy
2 hours ago

You need to make it clear that this is an interpretation of someone else’s character and credit them (Sam Reigel, from Critical Role).

by Amy
2 hours ago

As great as this is, it’s not actually “your character” so you should really credit Sam Reigel of Critical Role who created this character, and make it clear this is your interpretation of it, because you make it sound like it was all your idea.

by run 3
2 hours ago

Thanks for your post! It's been a long time since I read a good article and such a meaning! I hope you will continue to write articles like these for hobbyists! run 3

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UVLayout is a stand-alone application for the creation and editing of UV texture coordinates for 3D polymeshes and subdivision surfaces. Used by professionals in the games and visual effects industries, by hobbyists of all types and by students, UVLayout's unique approach gives texture artists the tools they need to produce high quality low distortion UVs in significantly less time than they would by traditional methods.

 

UVLayout is a stand-alone application for the creation and editing of UV texture coordinates for 3D polymeshes and subdivision surfaces. Used by professionals in the games and visual effects industries, by hobbyists of all types and by students, UVLayout’s unique approach gives texture artists the tools to produce high quality low distortion UVs in significantly less time than they would by traditional methods.

Using UVLayout could be described as the opposite of dress making; instead of cutting out a flat pattern and sewing that up to make clothing, in UVLayout the object is cut into pieces that are then flattened out to make the pattern. These flattened UV shells are not just planar projections; a dynamics based algorithm is used to spread the UVs out, as you watch, so that there’s minimal stretching, compression or skewing of textures when they’re applied to the object.

Some major features of UVLayout are:

  • OBJ import and export
  • Edge-loop Detection for quicker UV seam selection
  • Symmetry Editing for faster flattening of symmetrical meshes
  • Color Feedback for instant evaluation of distortion errors
  • Edge Straightening on shell boundaries and interiors
  • Flattening Brushes for local tweaks of the automatically generated UVs
  • Auto Packing of UV shells to minimize wasted texture space
  • Auto Stacking of similar shells for shared texture space usage
  • Subdivision Surface calculations based on limit surface shape
  • Unlimited Undo of all editing functions
  • Plugin Interface for integration into other applications
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Amazing artist Tim Paauwe did a wonderful breakdown of his fiery character. He showed how he sculpted, textured and animated this amazing project.

23 April, 2018

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Isaac Souaci shared so of the techniques he learned during the production of this beautiful space interior.

9 January, 2018

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Titus has presented a bridge tool to speed up the transfer of objects between Blender and UVLayout.

11 December, 2017

1717 views
Florian Potier shared some advice on how to sculpt and paint an amazing 3d character, based on a concept by Joao Fiuza.

27 September, 2017

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A really nice trick from Andy Chlupka.

8 May, 2017

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Characters from Star Wars have never looked so realistic.

23 January, 2017

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We've talked with Gennaro Esposito about the way he uses MODO for his 3d work. Gennaro showed the universal nature of this tool, which can solve a lot of problems with 3d production.

9 September, 2016

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29 July, 2016

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Raul Sanchez - freelance 3d artist and digital sculptor from Mexico -shared some tips and tricks on creating great characters, building the silhouette and organizing production process.

1 June, 2016

3913 views
The Division artist David Schultz talked about his environment production process, the choice of tools and the way he builds assets from games.

25 May, 2016

3308 views