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Blender 3D Incredible Machines

By : Christopher Kuhn, Allan Brito
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Book Image

Blender 3D Incredible Machines

5 (1)
By: Christopher Kuhn, Allan Brito

Overview of this book

Blender 3D is one of the top pieces of 3D animation software. Machine modeling is an essential aspect of war games, space games, racing games, and animated action films. As the Blender software grows more powerful and popular, there is a demand to take your modeling skills to the next level. This book will cover all the topics you need to create professional models and renders. This book will help you develop a comprehensive skill set that covers the key aspects of mechanical modeling. Through this book, you will create many types of projects, including a pistol, spacecraft, robot, and a racer. We start by making a Sci-fi pistol, creating its basic shape and adding details to it. Moving on, you’ll discover modeling techniques for larger objects such as a space craft and take a look at how different techniques are required for freestyle modeling. After this, we’ll create the basic shapes for the robot and combine the meshes to create unified objects. We'll assign materials and explore the various options for freestyle rendering. We’ll discuss techniques to build low-poly models, create a low-poly racer, and explain how they differ from the high poly models we created previously. By the end of this book, you will have mastered a workflow that you will be able to apply to your own creations.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Blender 3D Incredible Machines
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Free Chapter
Sci-Fi Pistol - Creating the Basic Shapes

Modeling for Freestyle

Before modeling our robot, we need to briefly talk about what Freestyle is. Freestyle is a non photorealistic rendering engine that works as an addition to Blender Internal or Blender Cycles, which is intended to produce procedural lines on the top of a render. These could be line drawings, anime-style images, cartoons, comics, blueprints, or anything similar. The first thing we'll do is switch from Cycles Render to Blender Render:


Freestyle is now supported by Cycles as well, but for a long time, that wasn't the case. You could make the argument that Blender Internal (or "BI") is more suited to NPR work. Besides, we haven't used the internal render engine yet in this book, so this is a good opportunity to play with it.

Next, you'll have to check Freestyle under your rendering tab:

Then, under the Render layers tab, you can add a new LineSet:

Now, when you render a scene, you will see the freestyle edges:

For simple objects like a cube, this is pretty straightforward...