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Multi-Tile Texture Workflows

by Justin Marshall

In this series of tutorials, we'll talk about using multiple texture tiles and how several different applications deal with them. Software required: Maya, 3ds Max, ZBrush, Mudbox, MARI.

What you'll learn

In this series of tutorials, we'll talk about using multiple texture tiles and how several different applications deal with them. Creating a good UV layout is important when texturing your models. But many times, trying to optimize your model to include everything on one map can create problems with low resolution and the inability to get an appropriate amount of detail on every area of the model. Breaking apart our UVs and textures into multiple texture tiles helps to alleviate this issue. In this course we'll take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a multi-tile workflow. We'll also explore the ways that different applications including ZBrush, Maya, 3ds Max, Mudbox, and MARI deal with multiple texture tiles. We'll also talk a lot about the naming conventions of each application and how those names correspond to the placement of the tiles. Once we're done, you'll have a good understanding of what multi-tile texturing is and how you can start to use it in your own projects. Software required: Maya, 3ds Max, ZBrush, Mudbox, MARI.

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. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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