Digital Tutors – Fundamentals of Color Theory

Digital Tutors – Fundamentals of Color Theory
English | Size: 280 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons we will be focusing on the fundamentals of color theory.

We’ll begin by learning about three different groups of color that, together make up the twelve segments of our basic color wheel. From there we’ll talk about how these twelve segments can change using tints, shades, and tones. We’ll then discuss color temperature followed by some basic rules for creating colors that harmonize. Next, we’ll learn about the psychology behind color. Then we’ll explore some of the tools within Photoshop for working with color. Finally we’ll walk through a process that will help guide us in making great color selections on a real world project. Using the techniques discussed here, you’ll gain a better understanding of how color works. You’ll also be better equipped to make informed color decisions on your own projects. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – 10 Ways to Improve Your Modeling in Maya

Digital Tutors – 10 Ways to Improve Your Modeling in Maya
English | Size: 506 MB
Category: Tutorial


At Digital-Tutors, we’ve found that many students starting out in modeling have difficulty in creating the specific vision they have. In many cases it’s not necessarily a lack of knowledge of the tools as much as it is a lack of confidence and experience. So, to give you a head start on your modeling, we’ve put together a number of tips collected from production and from teaching students that will help you build the best models you can with minimal frustration.
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Digital Tutors – Maya Rendering Node Reference Library General Utilities

Digital Tutors – Maya Rendering Node Reference Library: General Utilities
English | Size: 609 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this course we will discuss Maya’s General Utility Hypershade nodes
We will be discussing topics such as using the bump 2D and bump 3D nodes in order to create bump-mapping effects, using the condition node to create dynamically-changing shading networks, using the array mapper node to shade particles, using the sampler info node to create complex shading effects, just to name a few of the nodes we’ll be exploring.
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Digital Tutors – Digital Painting Facial Features

Digital Tutors – Digital Painting Facial Features
English | Size: 179 MB
Category: Tutorial


Lesson Outline (12 lessons)
In this series of lessons, we’ll learn how to draw various features of the face.
For each part of the face, we will begin by learning about the anatomy and musculature that makes up that area. We’ll then move into the forms of that area that we need to keep in mind while we illustrate. Finally, we’ll build upon our anatomy and forms to create a finished result. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Creating Game Weapons in Maya and ZBrush

Digital Tutors – Creating Game Weapons in Maya and ZBrush
English | Size: 799 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this course we will use a Maya to ZBrush workflow to build and texture a detailed battle hammer.
When working with digital assets, the ability of your computer to manipulate those assets is limited, especially when dealing with very high resolution meshes. For this reason, we use things like normal maps to simulate the high resolution detail in a way that we can more easily use. In this course, we’ll use a weathered battle hammer as an example to illustrate some of the ways you can use Maya and ZBrush together to build and sculpt high resolution props and set pieces and create useable assets. After building the base geometry and laying out UVs in Maya, we’ll go through the process of sculpting and texturing the hammer in ZBrush. We’ll finish up by applying all of that detail back in Maya to create a high quality, useable prop.
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Digital Tutors – Advanced Compositing Workflows with Maya and After Effects

Digital Tutors – Advanced Compositing Workflows with Maya and After Effects
English | Size: 1.31 GB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons, we will be taking you through the process of rendering your Maya scene into multiple passes, and using some advanced techniques for compositing these passes using Toxik. We will dedicate the first portion of this course to using Render Passes in Maya to separate various elements of our scene at render time. We’ll use mental ray’s render passes, contribution maps, custom framebuffers, and render layers to create the necessary render passes for our scene. In the second portion of this course we will begin with some quick compositing similar to our Compositing 3D Renders in After Effects course, but we will quickly get into more advanced topics such as basic and advanced Depth-of-Field, Proxies, spot paint fixing and chromatic aberration.
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Digital Tutors – Mental Ray Workflows in Maya – Subsurface Scattering

Digital Tutors – Mental Ray Workflows in Maya – Subsurface Scattering
English | Size: 435 MB
Category: Tutorial


Gain a deeper understanding of Subsurface Scattering, how to accurately simulate light behavior, and learn a time-saving approach to lighting and rendering translucent surfaces with mental ray. Provides over 3 hours of project-driven training for artists learning how to achieve more realistic results with Subsurface Scattering.
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Digital Tutors – Advanced Compositing Workflows with Maya and Fusion

Digital Tutors – Advanced Compositing Workflows with Maya and Fusion
English | Size: 268 MB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons, we will be taking you through the process of rendering your Maya scene into multiple passes, and using some advanced techniques for compositing these passes using Fusion.
We will dedicate the first portion of this course to using Render Passes in Maya to separate various elements of our scene at render time. We’ll use mental ray’s render passes, contribution maps, custom framebuffers, and render layers to create the necessary render passes for our scene.
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Digital Tutors – Sculpting Hard Surfaces in ZBrush 3.5 R3

Digital Tutors – Sculpting Hard Surfaces in ZBrush 3.5 R3
English | Size: 1.18 GB
Category: Tutorial


In this series of lessons we’ll learn how to use some of the hard-surface sculpting tools in Zbrush. Zbrush has always been a great application for sculpting incredibly detailed organic shapes. But did you know that Zbrush has a number of useful tools that will help you to sculpt more hard surface shapes as well? In this course, we’ll talk about the Polish brushes, which will allow us to combine smooth curves and sharp edges in a single stroke. The strokes themselves have been enhanced with Backtrack, allowing us to get smoother, straighter lines when sculpting. We’ll also cover the Re-mesh functionality which will allow us to combine multiple shapes in Boolean-type operations. We can also take advantage of the Zbrush primitives to give us a great starting point for some of our hard surface shapes. [Read more…]

Digital Tutors – Modeling Hard Surfaces with NURBS in maya

Digital Tutors – Modeling Hard Surfaces with NURBS in maya
English | Size:173 MB
Category: Tutorial


NURBS geometry provides several advantages over some of the other types of building methods available, but the process for creating NURBS geometry is somewhat different from building polygon or sub-d models. In this course we will explore hard-surface modeling by using a variety of NURBS tools and techniques in Maya to build a skateboard. We’ll go over tools like lofting, fillets, and using the CV curve tool and, by the end of this project, you’ll have a taste of the NURBS building process and be able to use these tools to start building your own models. [Read more…]