Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 1, 2012
Duration
1h 41m
Description

In this TopoGun tutorial, we're going to learn the basics of using TopoGun to build custom topology for our models. These days it's common practice to create extremely high-resolution and highly detailed models in sculpting applications like ZBrush or Mudbox. These models can give us a great idea of what a character, set, or prop will look like, but they're usually not optimized for rigging, animation, or use in a real-time game engine. Or the underlying topology we are using to sculpt may not be optimal for the detail we're creating. TopoGun remedies these issues by allowing us to very intuitively draw new geometry right on top of our existing models. This new topology can be used as a new base mesh when sculpting, or we can use it in a game engine along with all of the texture and normal maps that TopoGun also creates. We'll start off the course by talking about the importance of good topology and why TopoGun can be such a a useful tool. We'll go over the interface and the basics of getting around the application. We'll talk about the tools you'll be using in TopoGun to create and modify topology. Then we'll cover the generation of different types of texture maps and cover a symmetrical workflow. Once we're done with the tutorial, you'll be able to start using TopoGun to really speed up your workflow and create more optimal topology for your projects. We will also be jumping around a little to different applications to see how well TopoGun integrates, so it will be helpful if you have some experience with Maya, ZBrush, or Mudbox. Software required: TopoGun 1.06.

About the author
About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Justin with Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk authorized publisher. In this course we're going to learn the basics of using TopoGun to build custom topology for our models. Now these days it's common practice to create extremely high resolution and highly detailed models in sculpting applications like ZBrush or Mudbox. Now these models can give us a great idea of what a character, set, or prop would look like but they're usually not optimized for rigging animation or use in a real-time game engine, or the underlying topology we're using to sculpt may not be optimal for the detail we're creating. Now TopoGun remedies these issues by allowing us to very intuitively draw new geometry right on top our existing models but this new topology can be used as a new base mesh when sculpting or we can use it in a game engine along with all the texture and normal maps that TopoGun also creates. We'll start out the course by talking about the importance of good topology and why TopoGun can be such a useful tool. We'll go over the interface and the basics of getting around the application, we'll talk about the tools you'll be using in TopoGun to create and modify topology, we'll cover the generation of different types of texture maps and cover symmetrical workflow. Now once you're done, you'll be able to start using TopoGun to really speed up your workflow and create more optimal topology for your projects. We'll also be jumping around a little to different applications to see how well TopoGun integrates so it'll be helpful if you have some experience with Maya, ZBrush, or Mudbox. So, with that, let's go ahead and get started.