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Resources for 3D Modeling

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I am not a 3D Modeler and don't know anything about it BUT I would like to learn if I have the time. As I learn about things, I'll post them here.

FYI - I got most of these links from a thread by ICUP on 11/8/2006. (I giggle each time I spell his UserID)

C O N S T R U C T I O N . S E T . T U T O R I A L S

List of Construction Set Wiki Tutorials
House, Quest and Scenery tutorials
How to Make a Quest
Dialogue Tutorial Video by Tandem
New Equipment Tutorial.doc by Alpha_Vortex
Oblivion Enchantment Tutorial by tonyGar
Buyable House Tutorial by Smokindan

3 D . M O D E L I N G - Massive list of tutorial links to most 3D programs and 2D textures.

B L E N D E R . 3D . T U T O R I A L S

Blender 3D Beginner Tutorials

Official Blender Forum
Blender Manual
Noob to Pro
UV Map Basics
Video Tutorials
Multiple threads ranging from beginner to advanced
Blender Normal Maps 1
Blender Normal Maps 2
Blender Normal Maps 3
Mesh Editing Techniques
Joining/Separating Parts of a Mesh
Basic Objects
Modelling Techniques and Strategies
Creating a Logo
A Simple Chair
Blender Cafe Tutorials
The Gnomon Workshop - Training DVDs for sale and others for free.
Blender Texture Disc - Textures, Materials, Plugins and Tutorials for Blender.
Blender Learning Units by Tufts University

Blender 3D - Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Importing Animations from Blender
Custom Sword in Blender
Custom Shield in Blender
Custom Cuirass in Blender Part 1
Custom Cuirass in Blender Part 2
Modeling, Configuring, Splitting meshes for characters
Exporting in .obj format
Starter for hair meshes
CuteUnits guide to rigging meshes and exporting them
throttlekitty's guide to riggging meshes and exporting them

Blender 3D - Non-Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Making a Sword Part 1
Making a Sword Part 2
UV Mapping a head. Note: For people using newer versions of blender that are following this select "unwrap" as you won't see "LSCM" as an option.
Links to many more tutorials
Tons of tutorials in two locations. Look under "Tutorials-->Tutorials" and "Tutorials-->Tutorial Links" links to many more tutorials (some with video) Tutorials
Video tutorials, non-video tutorials on the right-side of the page under Tutorials
BSoD/Introduction to Character Animation
geneome video tutorials (36+ tutorials)
Unwrapping a Mesh by - UVMaps

3 D . S T U D I O . M A X . T U T O R I A L S

3D Studio Max Beginner Tutorials

Beginner and Advanced tutorials (has videos)
With JavaScript is enabled, go to "Free Stuff-->Tutorials-->3d Studio Max-->Beginners"
16-minute long video.
Explains the Max user interface.

3D Studio Max Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Contains tutorials on Importing, Exporting, Conversion, and Configuration.
Collision: the easy way out using gundalf's exporter

3D Studio Max Non-Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Ben Mathis's site directed toward video game modeling and texturing.
This tutorial covers modeling starting with a person all the way through to adding armor, a weapon, UV mapping, rigging, etc. In other words, it's pretty thorough.
With JavaScript is enabled, go to "Free Stuff-->Tutorials-->3d Studio Max"
You need to define what you're searching for but there's lots of stuff here.
another long list of tutorials (check out the subcategories)


GIMP Beginner Tutorials

PDF - Texturing for Dummies. Somewhat geared towards Photoshop but mostly explains methods and theory. The file is 7.4 MB so you may want to right-click and save this one to view instead of opening it through your browser.
Grokking the GIMP - An online book.

GIMP Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Better Retextures : Detailed Guide For NifSkope and the GIMP
Contains guides on normal mapping, creating icons, and semi-transparent textures.

GIMP Non-Oblivion-Specific Tutorials Tutorials

A D O B E . P H O T O S H O P . T U T O R I A L S

Photoshop Beginner Tutorials Basic tutorials
his thread has 3 pdf files for texturing. You will find more advanced tutorials if you browse around the sites forums and wiki.

Photoshop Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Construction Set Wiki Tutorials

Photoshop Non-Oblivion-Specific Tutorials

Ben Mathis's site directed toward video game modeling and texturing.
With JavaScript is enabled, go to "Free Stuff-->Tutorials-->Photoshop"
A long list of tutorials (check out the subcategories)
Tutorials and free brushes.
Photoshop Guides (tons of useful tutorials) 2d Tutorials - Several (66) Photoshop tutorials.

N I F S K O P E . T U T O R I A L S

Has multiple links to NifSkope documentation and tutorials.
A page that explains many parts of a nif object.
Animated Weapons Tutorial by J3X


CGTextures - 9,300+ Uber-Hi-Res textures. Categorized very well. Limitation = 50MB daily quota.
Mayang's Free Texture Library - 3,400+ Uber-Hi-Res textures. Limitation = 20 textures per day.
Noctua Graphics - 459 Hi-Res seamlessly tileable textures.
defcon-x - 90 Uber-Hi-Res wood textures.
Absolute Background Textures Archive - A large repository of small images.
Image*After - Hi-Res textures.
Texture Library - 857 Medium-Res textures.
FreeFoto - 300+ Medium-Res textures, somewhat slow site.
PixelPoke - Hi-Res textures and tutorials to create your own textures.
LogSplitters - 50+ Medium-Res textures of wood. - Tons of Low to Medium-Res textures neatly categorized.
RansomActive - For Sale - Textures, Models, Images, Sounds.
Industry Graphics: Real Texture - For Sale - Texture volumes.
iStockphoto - For Sale - Photos and Illustration.
Shutterstock - For Sale - Photos.


Windy's Tutorial on creating a bow that morph (animated).
Making a Custom Race Tutorial for Oblivion by Grimdeath
Distributing useable horse armor retextures legally (This one's pretty advanced and not for a novice).
Program that converts images to dds format.
wz_'s Mod Blog.
Creating Normal Maps (by Valve Software)
Blender, GIMP, and OpenGL class - Has links, lab assignments and student examples. - Models, Textures and Tutorials.
UVMapper - View or Create UV Maps. Classic version is FREE.
Texturing Made Easy by blackshark64

E X A M P L E . M O D E L S

Leather Saddlebags w Accesories (3D Max File)
SickleYield's Tight Rob Mesh
Utility Belt (Blender File)
Gown (Blender File)
Pillow (Blender File)
Dragon Sword (Blender File)
TurboSquid - Can't make your own? You can by them here. Also some freebies.
The 3D Studio - Some are free, others you buy.


Name: Blender
Version: 2.42a
Date: 7/17/2006
Cost: Free (Open Source)
Compatibility: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OSX, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Irix
3D Modeling software. From what I hear, it's possible to create meshes for Oblivion with this software but it is "tricky"

Name: 3D Studio Max
Version: 9.0
Date: 10/11/2006
Cost: $3,500
Requirements: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
3D Modeling software. From what I hear, it's the bomb-digadie but the learning curve is high due to the complexity. I'll never know cause I'll probably never afford the pricetag.

Name: DDS Converter
Version: 2.1
Date: 8/13/2004
Cost: Free
A program to allow you to easily convert to and from DDS easily.
The program supports DDS, TGA, JPG, BMP, PNG and PSD image formats (you can import and export to any of those formats).

Name: NIFSkope
Version: 0.9.4
Date: 10/15/2006
Cost: Free (Open Source)
NIFSkope is a graphical program that allows you to open NIF files, view their contents, edit them, and write them back out again.

Name: GIMP
Version: 2.2.13
Date: 8/25/2006
Cost: Free (Open Source)
Associated file extensions: .gimp?
Image-editing software.

Name: Paint Shop Pro
Version: 10
Date: 9/7/2005
Cost: $100
Associated file extensions: .psp, .pspimage
Professional image-editing software. Similar functions to Photoshop.
NOTE: I have version 9.0 and I could not get the NVidia Photoshop plugins to work. I've heard that NVidia plugins work with version 7.0 but I cannot confirm it.

Name: Adobe Photoshop CS2
Version: 9.0
Date: 2/22/2005
Cost: $650
Associated file extensions: .psd
Professional image-editing software.

Name: Bodypaint 3D
Version: 2.x
Date: 11/28/2006
Cost: $700
Paint textures directly on 3D images.

Name: ZBrush
Version: ?
Date: 11/28/2006
Cost: $490
Paint textures directly on 3D images.

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