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Simple Game Ready Asset Creation in 3D Coat

Learn invaluable skills and techniques used to create a game-ready 3D asset for popular game engines.
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Created by Robert Alvord
Last updated 6/2014
English
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
Asset planning
Blocking out forms
Sculpting details
Retopology
UV unwrapping
Projection
Painting
Baking textures
Exporting assets
Importing into a game engine
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Requirements
  • A working knowledge of 3D Coat (Feel free to take my Introduction to 3D Coat course, but that is not required)
  • At least a demo copy of 3D Coat
  • At least the free version of UDK (E.g. UDK 3)
  • Unity (Free or pro)
  • Basic understanding of 3D modeling concepts (E.g. UVs, polygons, textures, normal maps, etc.)
  • Computer with an internet connection and that can play video/audio
Description

Don't get lost in videos that try to cover too much and lose focus! This course will demonstrate how to create a simple game-ready asset with 3D Coat. Students will learn to create the asset from scratch that can be used in various game engines. The process will entail planning, blocking out forms, sculpting details, retopology, UV unwrapping, projection, painting and baking textures, exporting the asset, and then importing the asset into a couple of popular game engines (E.g. UDK and Unity). As a bonus, I've also included a short video covering how to bring the asset into Marmoset for easier creation of beauty shots.

Who is the target audience?
  • New users with basic 3D knowledge and are familiar with 3D Coat
  • Intermediate users with moderate 3D knowledge and are familiar with 3D Coat
  • Experienced users with expert 3D knowledge and are familiar with 3D Coat
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 02:12:16
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Overview
1 Lecture 04:14

This overview will discuss the course intent, why we're focusing on a simple asset, and give an introduction to the course.

Preview 04:14
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Asset Creation
3 Lectures 20:30

Asset planning can be a crucial step and save a ton of time and energy in the long run. Here, we'll cover why it is important to think through the asset from the standpoint of what we're going to sculpt and how we'll best approach it.

Preview 03:33

Generating art, no matter how simple it may seem often starts with forms and primitives, especially in the 3D modeling world. This technique saves time in getting most of your model started and ready for sculpting and painting further details.

Preview 09:26

Before we topologize our asset, we'll want to sculpt in any details we want baked onto our textures, prior to painting. These details are ones we're most worried about the resolution of our texture maps affecting. This lecture will hone in details most important to our asset.

Sculpting Details
07:31
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Retopology
3 Lectures 31:16

Planning the topology of your asset, prior to creating it can save time. It also helps to know ahead of time what we're intending to do with the asset, whether it be for animation or creating a modular piece. We'll discuss these concepts during this lecture.

Planning Retopology
18:15

UV unwrapping can be very difficult to do in most software. I find that 3D Coat is extremely powerful and makes this task very easy. We'll cover what tools are best to perform this task in 3D Coat.

UV Unwrapping
07:01

Projecting high-level details onto a low-poly asset can also be a very difficult task. 3D Coat make this a breeze, as long as you know what settings to choose for your intended purpos(es). Here, we'll go over this process and how to get our asset ready for painting in further details.

Projection
06:00
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Texture Creation
5 Lectures 43:45

Just as we planned our asset and it's topology, we want to think through how best to stylize our textures. Is this a realistic asset or a cartoon-like one? Is it going to be seen close up by the player or further away? What resolution do our textures need to be at? What kind of texture maps are we interested in producing? Finally, how do we do this in 3D Coat? All of these questions and more will be answered here.

Planning Texture Creation
05:10

You're in the home stretch for creating your asset, so let's get painting! This can be super easy in 3D Coat, as long as you know the major tools can do and how best to utilize them. Learn useful techniques and tools in this video to get us started.

Painting (Part 1)
13:15

Continuing with our painting, we need to consider how best to approach a multi-part asset. This can be tricky, unless you know what to expect. Here, we'll talk more about how to handle these problems.

Painting (Part 2)
06:14

Finalizing our texture creation, we're close to exporting our asset. Let's take some time to do the finishing touches on our work.

Painting (Part 3)
06:15

Baking textures is, again, really easy in 3D Coat. What considerations should we take into account with our asset to make it game-ready? How will we export our textures? What engines or applications will our asset be imported into and what formats should our textures be? We'll look into all of this and more in this lecture.

Baking Textures
12:51
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Importing Into Game Engines
2 Lectures 12:18

Unity is one of the most popular game engines. If you haven't already figured this out, importing an asset into Unity is extremely easy. We'll take this concept a little further, during this lecture.

Importing Into Unity
04:19

The Unreal Development Kit (UDK) is arguably the most popular and renowned game engine. Here, we'll take a look at how to get our asset into the game engine and take into various considerations that can save us difficulty later on.

Importing Into UDK 3 (Unreal Development Kit)
07:59
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Bonus Video
1 Lecture 19:13

As a bonus, I decided to add a lecture on getting our asset into Marmoset. Marmoset is a great tool for creating beauty shots for our portfolio, but how do we get our asset and textures into Marmoset in the first place? Let's see...

Importing Into Marmoset
19:13
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:00

A well deserved Thank You letter to my students.

Conclusion and Thank You
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About the Instructor
3.7 Average rating
19 Reviews
206 Students
2 Courses
Game Artist, Web Designer, IT Consultant

I have been an IT professional for over 14 years. I have also been designing and coding websites for small to medium-sized businesses for over 6 years. In addition, I have been 3D modeling for over 5 years and have a degree in Game Art and Design.

I have a passion for learning, so I hope to be able to pass some of my knowledge onto others. If helping at least a few people get further in their skills, knowledge, or profession, then I've done my job. Keep learning and helping others!

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