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Blender 3D: Characters, Machines, and Scenes for Artists

By : Enrico Valenza, Christopher Kuhn, Pierre-Armand Nicq, Romain Caudron
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Blender 3D: Characters, Machines, and Scenes for Artists

By: Enrico Valenza, Christopher Kuhn, Pierre-Armand Nicq, Romain Caudron

Overview of this book

Blender 3D is one of the top 3D animation software available. As the Blender software grows more powerful and popular, there is a demand to take your modeling skills to the next level. This learning path is divided into three modules that will take you on this incredible journey of creating games. The first module will take you on a journey to understand the workflow normally used to create characters, from the modeling to the rendering stages, using the tools of the last official release of Blender exclusively. You will be making production-quality 3D models and characters quickly and efficiently, which will be ready to be added to your very own animated feature or game. The second module will help you develop a comprehensive skill set that covers the key aspects of mechanical modeling. You will create many types of projects, including a pistol, spacecraft, robot, and a racer. By the end of this module, you will have mastered a workflow that you will be able to apply to your own creations. The final module will help you to create many types of projects using a step-by-step approach. Each project in this module will give you more practice and increase your knowledge of the Blender tools and game engine. This learning path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products: ? Blender 3D Cookbook, Second Edition by Enrico Valenza ? Blender 3D Incredible Machines, Second Edition by Christopher Kuhn ? Blender 3D By Example by Romain Caudron and Pierre-Armand Nicq
Table of Contents (5 chapters)

Chapter 3. Texturing and Rendering Your Sci-Fi Pistol

In this chapter, we'll add materials and basic (procedural) textures to the pistol to significantly improve the look of our model. We'll set up a basic scene with the Cycles Render engine and look at some basic materials. You will learn how to apply them to your gun. These techniques will also be useful in our future projects; they are as follows:

  • Preparing our scene
  • Enabling GPU rendering
  • Adding materials and textures

We'll be adding Cycles-based materials and a basic render setup. When we're done, our gun will look like this:

Texturing and Rendering Your Sci-Fi Pistol

Of course, this is just what my gun looks like. Once we're done with this chapter, we will have no trouble adjusting various materials and settings to make it look however we'd like!

Preparing our scene

The first thing we have to do is set up our scene. Right now, the gun is probably the only object that we have. If it isn't, go ahead and delete any other objects, lights...