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3D Environment Design with Blender

By : Abdelilah Hamdani
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3D Environment Design with Blender

By: Abdelilah Hamdani

Overview of this book

Blender is a powerful tool for creating all kinds of visual assets, but with such power comes complexity. Creating a photorealistic 3D scene seems like a Herculean task for more than 90% of 3D designers, but don’t be discouraged! 3D Environment Design with Blender will get you up and running. This practical guide helps reduce the complexity of 3D environment design, advance your Blender skills, and produce lifelike scenes and animations in a time-efficient manner. You'll start by learning how to fix the most common mistakes 3D designers make with modeling and scale matching that stop them from achieving photorealism. Next, you’ll understand the basics of realistic texturing, efficient unwrapping and achieving photorealistic lighting by turning an actual reference of a wood cabin into a realistic 3D scene. These skills will be used and expanded as you build a realistic 3D environment with natural assets and materials that you’ll create from scratch. Once you’ve developed your natural environment, you’ll advance to creating realistic render shots by applying cool camera features, and compositing tricks that will make your final render look photorealistic and pleasing to the eye. By the end of this book, you'll be able to implement modeling tricks and best practices to make your 3D environments look stunningly lifelike.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part 1: Turn a Real Reference into a Realistic 3D Scene in Blender
Part 2: Creating Realistic Landscapes in Blender
Part 3: Creating Natural Assets
Part 4: Rendering Epic Landscape Shots

Part 1: Turn a Real Reference into a Realistic 3D Scene in Blender

Before we can start creating our landscape project, there are some tricks and tools that you need to know about. First, it’s best to know the most common modeling mistakes that prevent most 3D designers from achieving photorealism. Next, you will learn the basics of realistic texturing, good UV mapping, and lighting. Then we will put everything we’ve learned together to turn a real wood cabin reference into a realistic 3D scene in Blender.

This part includes the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Most Common Modeling Mistakes That Prevent You from Achieving Photorealism
  • Chapter 2, The Basics of Realistic Texturing in Blender
  • Chapter 3, Efficient Unwrapping and Texturing in Blender
  • Chapter 4, Creating Realistic Natural Plants in Blender
  • Chapter 5, Achieve Photorealistic Lighting in Your Environment with Blender