Texture Painting: Fundamentals

Photorealistic Texturing with Paul Campion

In this DVD lecture, Paul Campion explains the essentials of texture painting with Adobe Photoshop®, discussing how observation and an understanding of the original object’s surface qualities are the skills necessary to create photorealistic textures. Starting with reference captured using a standard flatbed scanner, he demonstrates how to create color, bump and specular maps for a prehistoric shark tooth, explaining how each type of map affects the surface qualities of the CG model, and how these three basic maps work together to create a photorealistic surface. In addition, this DVD covers the human face, one of the most difficult areas of a human to texture. This demonstration shows some of the basic principles involved in texturing a human head, relying on the use of good reference and observation skills. Paul also demonstrates how Maya can be effectively used as a 3D paint package, using Perspective Camera Projection and texture baking to generate complex UV maps, which are then combined in Adobe Photoshop® to create detailed realistic head textures.

Texture Painting: Weathered Surfaces

Photorealistic Texturing with Paul Campion

Objects created using 3D computer graphics have a tendency to appear too perfect and therefore slightly unrealistic. To create more natural textures, it is necessary to be able to observe and understand how real world objects become worn and dirty with age. This DVD focuses on how the understanding and use of aging, and “wear and tear” on an object can help add realism to your textures. Paul demonstrates how different surface materials can be simulated using simple color, bump, specular, reflection and transparency maps. These principles are illustrated by the texturing of a rustic lantern and weathered house using Adobe Photoshop®.