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Cloth for archviz with Marvelous Designer 3

by David James Software: Maya 2014 / Marvelous Designer

In this two hour tutorial we take a look at creating some very common cloth types for use in your interior scenes. We use Maya in this tutorial, but y...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Creating drapes
  • Draping chairs and cushions
  • Messy bed sheet and duvet

Creature Vol 3 - UV Layout and Texture

by Jason Edwards Software: Maya 2013 / ZBrush 4

This is our final set of lessons in the creature series by Jason Edwards. Here we'll take you through UV mapping of the creature using different techn...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Creature UV layout
  • Generating texture maps in ZBrush
  • Lighting and shading in mental ray

Other tutorials in this series:

Maya Tutorial: Creature Vol 3 - UV Layout and Texture
Creature Vol 1 - Modeling Quadrupeds
Maya Tutorial: Creature Vol 3 - UV Layout and Texture
Creature Vol 2 - Surface Anatomy Detailing ZBrush

Large scale Maya fluid explosion

by David James Software: Maya 2014

In this three hour long tutorial we look at using the fluid engine in Maya to create large scale explosions. We cover not only the basics of making th...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Fire and smoke with Maya fluids
  • Sculpting fluids
  • Shading explosions
  • Compositing explosions
  • Doing a 360 degree fluid freeze

Realistic Outdoor Environments

by David James Software: Maya 2014

This project takes you through creating realistic outdoor environments in Maya. If you've been relying on third party applications to create your envi...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Creating different types of grass with Paint FX
  • Making trees and bushes with Paint FX
  • Shading leaves
  • Creating flowers and ivy

Mastering UV layout

by Jason Edwards Software: Maya 2013

Jason Edwards takes us through the process of UV mapping in Maya. We start with a simple sphere and then work through a human hand and a human head, b...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • UV mapping a sphere in Maya
  • UV mapping a hand in Maya
  • UV mapping a head in Maya

Exterior lighting in mental ray

by David James Software: Maya 2014

The goal of this tutorial is not to teach you how to light up one scene, but it's to get you comfortable working with mental ray for exterior arch-viz...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Tone mapping in Maya
  • Mental ray architectural material
  • Creating clouds and animating them for time-lapse shots
  • Photometric lighting in Maya

The dark art of mental ray

by David James Software: Maya 2013 / Nuke

If you find yourself rendering over and over again for hours at a time, this is the tutorial for you. In this project we'll attempt to demystify menta...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Linear workflow in Maya
  • Setting up render passes
  • Compositing in Nuke

Texture Projection Techniques in MARI

by Adam Redford Software: MARI 1.5 / Photoshop

Learn how to quickly create texture projections in MARI with this project. We'll be demonstrating the entire procedure, starting from the raw camera i...

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Points of interest in this tutorial:

  • Grading projection images in Photoshop
  • Projecting images onto a model in Mari
  • Creating diffuse, bump, roughness and reflection maps in Mari

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