3D Coat: Smart masks, smart materials
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3D Coat: Smart masks, smart materials

Master the ins and outs of 3D Coats incredible smart materials.
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Created by Scott Turner
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently create realistic materials and detail models using the smart material and masking systems provided in 3D Coat
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  • General 3D knowledge and curiosity to learn how to create realistic materials

3D Coat has by far the easiest PBR texturing environment on the market and its easy to learn too.  Seamlessly integrated into the modeling envornment, it can work with internal or external imported models.  We use both workflows in this series of videos. You will get you up and running in no time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students with some general 3D knowledge intterested in taking their texturing skills to the next level
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Voxel PBR Basics
6 Lectures 01:03:37

An introduction to the main differences between painting in voxels and polygon painting and a review of the new Realitic PBR shaders in the voxel room

Preview 10:30

How to manage the materials. A deeper dive in to the PBR materials in the voxel room as well as some of the idiosyncrasy.  

Exploration of Voxel PBR Base shader

Limitiations of voxel based materials.  Advantages of Paint based PBR materials and how to integrate both techniques together.  A quick introduction to procedural masks.

Procedural masks

Integrating smart materials with stencils.  This may seem obvious, but its important to understand because stencils are actually integrated inside the smart material interface.  Problems with resolution and polypainting.

Stencils and Procedurals

How to use curve masks in conjunection with brush alpha channels and stencils.  3 Masking tools at the same time!  All this complexity is available in the smart materials. Plus Frozen masks

Brush Mode masks and Freezing

Layers masks in 3d Coat are kind of non standard but in some ways more powerful than in photoshop. We look at the paint bucket fill tool which also has incredible procedural masking tools integrated and also work with smart materials.

Layer masks and amazing gradients
Smart Material Theory
3 Lectures 30:16

Finally we start looking a how these masking ideas are integrated into smart materials.  We create a simple multi-layered material to understand how the system works.  We use textures to break up procedural masks.

How paint-based smart materials work

We spend some time fine tuning the parameters of our material then work on Integrating multiple layers of procedural masks.  

Masks, Stencils + Conditions

We start using a real model and applying voxel PBR materials to it ina firstpass before we move to the paint room with a retopo'd object

Robot application
Smart Materials: a practical implementation
10 Lectures 01:26:27

Creating materials in Voxels and paint room. Then we import a pre-retopo'd version into paint room to begin the real job of painting a Uvs object with all the bells and whistles

Robot voxel paint mash up

Geometry masking concepts using connective picking and some fast methods to paint the whole model or individual parts of the object and start building our first Smart Material

Volume and connectivity-based painting

We continue the development of the first robot smart material including some tricks for using normal maps

Paint splatters

First test paint of our new smart material.  We experiment with subtractive painting - filling the whole layer then erasing object by object

Paint bucket and subtractive workflow

We add grime and dirt using some of the preset dirt materials included with 3D Coat and do our first test renders.  We add a decal

Dirt and grime and decals

Creating a paint chip material to augment the look of the robot

Paint chips

In this video we add some quick text details to the model

The amazing text tools

Some test concepts materials for the eyes and a 'carbon fiber' looks for some of the interior moving parts

Interior details

More editing on the light materials

Self illuminated materials

We export the model and textured to Maya weher we add the illuminated materials for the final look of the rendered model

Export and render in Maya Arnold
About the Instructor
Scott Turner
4.1 Average rating
183 Reviews
1,160 Students
6 Courses
Game Designer, 3D Generalist, University Professor

I have worked in game design, and 3D since 1995. I started my career designing multi-user games using Flash and Director for a big national website then spent 12 years focused on producing animation and VFX for commercials for television. I now teach these topics at university. While I have an M.A. degree from Bournemouth University focused on teaching animation and game skills - really, its all about loving and being fascinated by the process.