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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 10. Low-Poly Racer – Materials and Textures

In this chapter, we'll add materials and textures to our model. Then, we'll use UV unwrapping to bake those textures out to an image. That way, they can be used in external applications. Finally, we'll create Cycles-based materials using our image. The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Texturing workflow
  • Adding materials
  • Unwrapping and baking
  • Adding detail in an Image Editor
  • Checking the Texture Map

Texturing workflow

First, we'll create some procedural textures in Blender. These will be the base textures (not the final product).

After we do that, we'll create and adjust the UV map for our truck.

Then, we'll bake the textures to an image using our UV map. We haven't covered baking yet, but it's pretty straightforward. If you're already familiar with the concept, then great! If not, don't worry, we'll discuss it as we go.

After we have our image-based texture...