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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (1 votes)

Released: 2009-10-19


Autodesk Mudbox 2010 [OLD VERSION] by Autodesk

Software Details

Brand: AutodeskMedia: DVD-ROMHardware Platform: MacOperating System: Mac OS X
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Description

Autodesk® Mudbox™ digital sculpting and texture painting software gives modelers and texture artists the freedom to create 3D digital artwork as if they are working with clay and paint. Designed by professional artists in the game, film, television, and design industries, Mudbox combines a highly intuitive user interface with a powerful creative toolset of stencils and brushes to help create ultra-realistic 3D characters, engaging environments, stylized props, and more. Available for the Macintosh® computer and Microsoft® Windows® operating systems.

Platforms

Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X

Product Features

  • Mudbox 2010 is a premier digital sculpting and texture painting solution ideal for 3D/2D artists, fine artists, web and multimedia professionals, traditional sculptors, students
  • Become productive in hours with the intuitive Mudbox user interface--work interactively in an environment in which high-res 3D models retain their subtlety, realism, and detail
  • Provides an organic brush-based 3D modeling experience that includes 2D and 3D layers to easily manage sculpting and painting iterations on multiple meshes and maps
  • Designed by professional artists in the film, games, and design industries
  • Mudbox 2010 interoperates well with Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Softimage, as well as with other 3D software applications, making it a natural choice for experienced artists

Editorial Review

Autodesk Mudbox 2010 digital sculpting and painting software gives artists the freedom to create 3D digital artwork as if they were working with clay and paint. Designed by professional artists in the film, game, and design industries, Mudbox combines a highly intuitive interface with a powerful toolset of stencils and brushes for creating ultra realistic models and environments.

Mudbox combines a highly intuitive interface with a powerful toolset of stencils and brushes for creating ultra realistic models and environments.

Whether you're a seasoned 3D professional, an artist who works with traditional media, an amateur enthusiast, or a 2D graphic designer or illustrator looking to add 3D to your workflow, Mudbox is what you need to add a whole new dimension to your creativity.

"Mudbox has always been a part of my workflow since I started to use it on King Kong. I really liked the real-time shading and rendering features that were added in the recent versions, and as a Maya user, I love Mudbox's working environment." -- Pascal Raimbault, 3D Modeler

Hit the road to freedom
Mudbox gives artists the ability to create without worrying about the technical details. Sculpt and paint as fast as you think. With its friendly user interface, Mudbox can be easily used by both traditional and digital artists.

Welcome to the age of digital sculpting and 3D painting
There was a day when design ideas were visualized through a physical model fabricated or sculpted from materials such as metal, paper, wood, or clay. There was a day when digital artists worked in 2D. That time is over. Meet Mudbox.

Brush based digital sculpting
With Mudbox you can digitally sculpt ultra realistic 3D models with incredible detail--down to the pores on a character's skin--with easy-to-use, high-quality sculpting tools, stamps, and stencils. Choose from an extensive list of brushes, or quickly tailor them to fit your project's particular needs.

If you are new to 3D, you can use one of the simple built-in primitive shapes, such as a sphere, as a starting point for creating organic forms. Artists already familiar with 3D software may want to begin their designs in a 3D application like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, or Autodesk Softimage, and then bring them into Mudbox to refine the shape and add depth and texture. The Mudbox interface will be familiar to artists who already know these tools.

Texture painting
Rotate your model to apply paint precisely where you want, no matter how complex the surface. Quickly and easily paint multiple diffuse, specular, reflection, and bump textures across multiple high-resolution maps on your 3D models. 3D painting is integrated with the familiar stamps and stencils workflow.

Become productive in hours, rather than weeks, with the intuitive Mudbox user interface.

High-quality brushes, stencils, and curves enable you to more quickly "sculpt" your geometry into the 3D model you envision.

Store different detail passes, design directions, libraries of morph targets, and more on multiple layers.

Enjoy excellent interactive camera performance with even the densest meshes.

Extend and customize Mudbox using its C++ application programming interface (API).

Create ambient occlusion maps for extremely high-resolution models. Then, bake the soft shadows and details of a model out to an image you can reuse without expensive recalculations.

Maintain performance when displaying textured models by managing how you use the graphical processing unit (GPU) memory to display textures on models with multiple UV tiles.

More quickly create high-quality images for design reviews and more by rendering your scene directly from the viewport.

What you visualize is what they'll see
The real-time rendering effects in Mudbox enable you to see your work in progress from any angle. When you're done, use Mudbox to show it off to clients, co-workers, or friends.

"Mudbox is a joy to use and is always surprising me with new possibilities for creativity. This software gets an A in my book and is a must-have for the serious CG artist." -- Tom Cushwa

From 2D to 3D
It's never been easier to add a whole new dimension to your creativity. Adding Mudbox to your current 2D workflow frees you from the creative limitations associated with traditional photography, 2D software, hand illustration, and other traditional graphic design methods.

While the tools themselves will feel familiar to those who sculpt with clay, the Mudbox workflow offers the advantages of digital creative tools, such as Adobe Photoshop software, including the ability to organize your work using layers, mirror or flip them, and nondestructively edit your 3D models.

Let your inner child come out and play
When was the last time you played with Play-Doh? It's time to try it again (minus the funny smell)! Mudbox guarantees hours of guilt-free fun--you're on a computer, so you must be working, right? After all, Mudbox is a work tool used by major film, TV, and games studios to create 3D characters and environments.

Ideal for:

  • 3D artists
  • 2D artists
  • Fine artists
  • Web and multimedia professionals
  • Traditional sculptors
  • Students

Applications:

  • Web and multimedia content
  • Film
  • Games
  • Television products
  • Design--automotive, consumer goods, industrial, architectural
  • Advertising
  • Product packaging
  • Illustration (classic, medical, or scientific)

Features

What's Included

Documentation and Learning:

  • Learning movies --Watch these movies to learn the essential skills to work in Mudbox.
  • QuickStart tutorial--Learn the basics of sculpting and painting in this step-by-step lesson.
  • Online documentation--The fully searchable online HTML-based help system includes user guides, tool references, and best practices.

Community:
The AREA, a community for Autodesk Media & Entertainment products. Access free tutorials, downloads or interact with fellow users in discussion forums and see the multitude of talent from around the globe. Directly connect with industry professionals through blogs--more at area.autodesk.com.

Detailed Features

IMPORTANT: Please read the System Requirements. As new hardware is added on an on-going basis, please also visit Autodesk's updated requirements.

User Interface
Become productive in hours, rather than weeks, with the intuitive Mudbox user interface.

  • For traditional artists with no previous 3D experience, tools that closely mimic the behavior of their real-world counterparts are quickly understood and easily adopted.
  • Work with tools such as brushes, stamps, and stencils to quickly sculpt and create lifelike textures.
  • Use the Layer Editor to organize your work.
  • Maximize your workspace by hiding UI elements and using standard hotkeys to manipulate the camera.

Cameras
Mudbox features innovative, accelerated camera manipulation, for excellent interactive performance with even the densest meshes.

  • Use multiple real-time cameras within a scene, including true perspective and orthographic cameras.
  • Bookmark your camera positions.
  • Model using reference images: each camera has its own image plane.
  • Use Smart Focus to position the camera based on the cursor position and brush size.
  • Manipulate your camera with trackball-style controls.
  • Use the same keyboard shortcuts for Mudbox cameras as those that are used for cameras in Autodesk Maya software.

Display
Work interactively in an environment in which high-res 3D models retain their subtlety, realism, and detail.

  • Apply one or more image maps to any object, independent of the other objects in the scene.
  • Use smooth shading mode to get a display more representative of the limit surface.
  • Interactively view multiple texture channels (including bump and reflection) at the same time.
  • Interactively view multiple maps and multiple materials in the scene.
  • Work in real time with models that properly display advanced lighting (including HDRI-based lighting) and shadows.
  • Incorporate advanced display options into your presentation, including ambient occlusion, depth of field, and tone mapping.

Sculpt Layers
Store different detail passes, design directions, libraries of morph targets, and more on multiple layers.

  • Mirror or flip the detail stored in one or more layers.
  • Edit nondestructively: Mudbox delivers paintable masks.
  • Quickly duplicate, merge, flatten, and reorder layers.
  • Precisely blend layers using interactive multiplier sliders and layer masks.
  • Use layers to store libraries of morph targets.

Advanced Digital Sculpting
High-quality brushes, stencils, and curves let you quickly "sculpt" your geometry into the 3D model you envision.

3D Brushes

  • Use intelligently designed default brushes or quickly tailor them for custom behavior and performance.
  • Choose from a number of base brush types, including
    • Dry brush--enables you to create an effect similar to what can be achieved by painting only on the raised details of a model
    • Clone brush--enables you to quickly and easily copy existing paint on a model from one area to another, for your retouching needs
    • Sculpt brush--enables you to create complex forms with great control
    • Flatten brush--enables you to quickly create planes and wipe away detail
    • Wax brush--enables you to easily fill in area
  • Accurately shape your brush tips with falloff curves and stamps. A sharp falloff curve will cut an accurate, sharp stroke into the geometry with no soft stroke profiles.

Workflow

  • Sculpt both sides of topologically symmetrical models simultaneously--even when they are in an asymmetrical pose--with the powerful tangent space mirroring functionality.
  • Use curves as guides for brush strokes.
  • Use image stamps to quickly brush (in 3D) a detailed texture directly into your mesh.
  • Quickly add high-quality detail through mesh displacement. Use 8-, 16-, or 32-bit images to displace your mesh; Mudbox even supports displacement using multiple maps at one time.

Texture Painting and Assignment
Quickly and easily paint multiple diffuse, specular, reflection, and bump textures across multiple high-resolution maps on your 3D models.

  • Apply detail precisely where required, regardless of UV distortion or surface complexity. In the Mudbox 3D Paint mode, the brush position relative to the model is calculated in true world space; paint is projected tangent to the model. 3D painting is integrated with the familiar stamps and stencils workflow.
  • Selectively paint reference images onto the model from a particular viewpoint. Using the new Projection brush, you can project paint onto the model from screen space.
  • Paint hero characters with ease: Mudbox supports the painting of multiple maps on multiple meshes.
  • Paint both sides of your model simultaneously with the familiar symmetry workflow.
  • Paint and display a different texture for each UV square unit tile.
  • Use the intuitive layer editor to easily manage multiple paint layers. You can select, blend, and organize several images for each texture channel.

Texture Baking
With its robust texture baking capabilities, Mudbox solves one of the most common bottlenecks in production pipelines: baking of normal and displacement maps.

  • Bake high-quality normal and displacement maps between multiple arbitrary meshes. Detail can be baked into 8-, 16-, and 32-bit maps.
  • Generate smooth, high-quality maps using extraction options designed to address issues related to poly faceting by extracting between the limit surfaces of the given meshes.
  • Displace your meshes using multiple floating point maps.
  • Bake normal maps that are compatible with Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software.

General Workflow
Mudbox performance is renowned, with tools organized in a familiar, intuitive manner.

  • Work in real time even on 3D models that are fully subdivided into tens of millions of high-quality polygons.
  • Manipulate the camera using conventional camera controls--to maximize your workspace and reduce "back and forth" workflows.
  • Streamline your workflow through tools such as the Hover Pick functionality and hotkeys.
  • Use asymmetrical mirroring to streamline the process of working on posed or asymmetrical models.
  • Work on one mesh in the context of others: Mudbox supports multiple meshes within the scene.
  • Use the built-in image browser--with full support for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit images--to view reference images and quickly assign them to stamps, stencils, or camera image planes.

Connectivity and Integration
Mudbox works well with Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Softimage, as well as with other 3D software applications, making it a natural choice for experienced artists.

Simpler interoperability with Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage
Mudbox has support for Autodesk FBX file transfer technology, allowing artists to import and export scene data containing more information than the usual OBJ file format. Important data can be retained, including painted texture maps, cameras and image planes. This results in higher fidelity transfers; saving artists time.

Supported Formats

Scene Import

OBJ, FBX

Scene Export

OBJ, FBX

Texture Import

BMP, EXR, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIF

Bitmap Output

BMP, EXR, JPEG, PNG, TIF. Some formats applicable to certain renderers only.

PSD File Support
Round-tripping of Mudbox paint layers (converting to and from Adobe Photoshop) is now possible through added support for PSD import and export.

Software Developer Kit (SDK)
The addition to Mudbox of a software developer kit (SDK) opens up the software as never before, giving developers the ability to customize Mudbox and integrate it with their production pipeline. This is the launch of the Mudbox SDK and it is anticipated to be expanded with future releases.

More Details

Publisher: Autodesk PSGCategory: Animation & 3DBinding: DVD-ROMLanguage: English


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