Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wallpaper: SnowMen [1280 x 800]

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Architectural Modeling : Top 5 Apps out there!

Here is a list of 5 top 3D Architectural Modeling applications out there:

5. Blender:
This one is free and surprisly flexible.A streamlined interface,an object set and many animations built-in, this one is definitely worth your time.

4. Google Sketchup:
Another free and friendlier tool.It has a very good collection of objects and materials.Give it a try.

3. Cinema 4D:
Turns your PC into a real animation studio.Cinema 4D is excellent when it comes to lighting,materials and interaction between scenes.

2. Autodesk Maya
An interface divided in tabs and fitted with a useful timeline, many animations and objects make for a great solution for designers.

1. Autodesk 3D Studio Max

A classic choice for 3D design and animation professionals, 3DS Max offers loads of advanced modeling tools and pixel perfect control over your models. Also quickly renders your templates.

Image rendered using : Blender

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Movie of the Week : Coma (1978)

Directed by Michael Crichton. With Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas.

One of the best medical thrillers I've ever seen.Will give you a chill-wave passing right through your spine! And you will think twice before going to a hospital again.You think i am bluffing? Well then check the trailer and feel it for yourself.

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Wallpaper: Golf (1920x1200)

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Monday, April 26, 2010

PSD File: Web Portfolio Template

Here is a Web Portfolio Template created in Photoshop.
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3D Studio Max: Using a Displacement map to create Landscapes

Here is an easy way to create a good looking landscape using the Displace modifier in 3D Studio Max.

To start with, you have to create a displacement map.You can do this in photoshop. This is basically a gray scale/black & white image which represents the area of displacement.Take a look at the image below:

In 3D Max,create a plane and apply from the modifier dropdown, a Displace modifier.Click and select our displacement map on the bitmap slot.

Try varying the strength parameter to make the landscape the way you want.

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Tips for making a convincing CG Animation

When you are trying to create a photo realistic 3D animation,the tough as well as the most important part is to make it look convincing.Obviously this involves a lot of steps,starting from choosing the right texture, the lighting, the renderer so on and so forth.But today I am gonna tell you the 4 most important factors to consider and work on while doing a CG shot.

1.Frame Rate:
By default,most of the 3D applications render out the video sequences in 30FPS.This is to facilitate further need of frame rate alterations but most of us just go with the default fps and that makes the animation looks amateurish.Try to keep your animation frame rate at 24FPS.You can do this in your editing package as well.This will skip a couple of frames from your video and give it a Film Look.

2.Depth of Field:

Another very important factor which most of our regional animators conveniently forgets to use.Using a DOF in your 3D animation gives it a much natural feel and that sequence will blend seamlessly with the rest of your real footage.Its a bit difficult to use the 3D package's built in DOF generators but you can easily mock them by rendering out a Z-DEPTH sequence of the video and later use it on your compositing package to apply the needed blur.

3.Camera Movements:
Amateurish is when you see wiggly camera moves on a live action movie.But Professionalism is when you see wiggly camera moves on a CG movie. :) I think you got what i meant.

4.Film Noise:
A real scene is never that saturated and sharp. Add in some noise and blur to your CG shot.Use a screen shot from a real footage for reference and keep it subtle.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Movie of the Week : The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by John Hughes. With Judd Nelson,Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald.

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 comedy drama film which become a cult classic and has had a tremendous influence on many coming of age films since then. It was shot entirely in sequence. Shooting began on March 28, 1984, and ended in May 1984.

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other.

To younger viewers,this movie will appear to be outdated. The only thing "outdated" is the clothing styles and the music. It doesnt matter what year you went to high school or what school you even went to, there will always be a "criminal", a "jock", a "princess", a "nerd", and a "basket case". This movie is the best teenage movie, no matter when you were a teenager!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Wallpaper: New Paperbird Logo

Unveiling the new logo for paperbird.Check it out!

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Paper Bird: New Logo in the making

Am working on the new logo for Paperbird. Still figuring out the best way to represent our mascot.As of today,the winner is a handdrawn paperbird.Will post the update when its ready. Keep watching!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Free Asset: 3D Speech Bubble: PNG

Ready to use with transparency and shadows. Just drag and drop this to your design/image in photoshop. Use Hue/Saturation for color variations.

Click here to download the 3D Speech Bubble transparent PNG

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Photoshop Layer Breakdown: B Tree

We will be creating this image:

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What is V Ray?

V-Ray is a rendering engine that is used as an extension of certain 3D computer graphics software.V-Ray is compatible with packages such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Rhino, TrueSpace, Maxon Cinema 4d, Blender,Sketchup and Softimage XSI, and is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.Generally, Renders using these technique can appear more photo-realistic, as actual lighting effects are more realistically emulated.

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Mental Ray

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What is Continuum FingerBoard?

The Continuum Fingerboard or Haken Continuum is a music performance controller developed by Lippold Haken, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and sold by Haken Audio, located in Champaign, Illinois.The Continuum is a MIDI controller; it does not generate audio. Rather, it must be connected to a sound-producing source that will receive MIDI input, such as a synthesizer module.The most recent model has begun to incorporate built in sounds, and can generate audio, but it is still primarily designed to be a controller.

A Continuum FingerBoard produces amazing sound that a lot of Music Composers use them creatively. The one I personally adore is the AR Rahman's version.

A R Rahman on Continuum

Click to watch Jordan Rudess playing Continuum Fingerboard.

If anyone want to try out an iPhone version of the CFB, try this out: Bebot for iPhone

A R Rahman using Bebot on his iPad

Movie of the Week : Clue (1985)

Directed by Jonathan Lynn. With Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd.

Clue is a 1985 comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film is a murder mystery set in a Gothic Revival mansion. The movie was shot with three different endings and in the DVD release, we can watch all the three.

In 1954, six strangers are invited to a party in a secluded New England mansion. They are met by the house butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), who reminds them each that they have been given pseudonyms to protect their true identity. During dinner the seventh guest, Mr. Boddy, arrives. After dinner, Wadsworth reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed to hide their secrets.

Amazing performance by Tim Curry and the whole gang. Witty Dialogues. Situational Humour. Its definitely one of a kind. Worth Watching before bed after a very hectic day!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Wallpaper: Fringe [1920 x1200]

A cool desktop wallpaper inspired from the TV series 'FRINGE' and created entirely with Photoshop [PSD Provided herewith].Check it out.

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Click here to download the mobile version of Fringe Wallpaper

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tutorial : Book Cover Recreation: 3 Little Pigs

You guys know how sundays are.You might've planned & prepared a lot prior but when the day really comes,there isnt absolutely nothing left to be done! So after 3 hours of 'trying' to watch some TV, I thought of making one random tutorial.I will show you the breakdown of a Children book cover recreation using just random objects i got from google!

I thought of recreating the classic "3 Little Pigs".Got the original Disney cover from wiki.Loved the story when I was a kid,despite the violence;)

The Random Assets I collected from Google:

Photoshop Layer BreakDown: