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Essential Strategies for Hand Painting Textures in MARI

by Eddie Russell

In this course, we'll show you a workflow that you can use as you begin handing painting textures for your assets using MARI. Software required: MARI 2.6v1.

What you'll learn

If you are just starting out hand painting textures, you probably have a number of questions regardless of what application you are using. How do you choose the right color? What do you paint first? In this tutorial, we will answer all of these questions and more as we work on painting our warthog warrior chieftain asset step by step. To start things off, we'll learn how to get our geometry into MARI, set up some image based lighting and prepare both channels and a shader for painting. From here we will learn how we can speed up the process of choosing colors by establishing a color palette. Next we'll dive right in and start painting our low frequency diffuse detail. We'll slowly begin to layer additional detail on top of this until we are happy with the look of the diffuse textures. Next, we'll move in and start painting some additional texture maps that we'll need for this asset. We'll learn how to paint bump, specular, gloss, reflectance and emissive maps that will all work together to create the look of our creature. Finally, we'll learn how to export our texture maps out of MARI so they can be used in other applications. After finishing this training, you'll have learned a workflow that you can use as you begin handing painting textures for your assets using MARI. Software required: MARI 2.6v1.

About the author

Eddie began teaching creative professionals over ten years ago for Digital Tutors. In 2014 Digital Tutors was acquired by Pluralsight and he continued his focus on creating high quality training for artists in both the film and games industries. With a background in graphic design and illustration Eddie has always been focused on visual appeal. This can be seen through his courses in which he shares secrets for achieving production level quality for concept art, illustrations, textures, mater... more

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