Creating Custom Floor Textures in 3ds Max and Photoshop

Today’s post comes as a direct result to a request i got about making a real world scale floor texture. It sounds pretty straight forward when you say it like that, i mean you get the project with the texture for the floor but then comes the realization that the image that the client sent you is something more in tune to a thumbnail, then an actual size for a high quality texture. On top of that he or she might want to have a different color in the pattern of the texture. This is where things can get a bit complicated as you are basically left with a task in which you need to deliver an end result but you don’t have the resources delivered to you, but rather you have to make them yourselves. Once you get to this point in the project, you might start thinking that you are in trouble if you don’t know how to make those high quality textures. Well this is where today’s post comes into play and will explain exactly how to go about dealing with this issue, and hopefully resolve it. Now when i had the initial idea about this video in my head it was a fast 20 min video, but as soon i started recording i actually came to a bit of a revelation as the theme was a tad bit bigger then i initially thought, so in the end i decided to split this into three logical parts opposed to having one huge hour and a half video. Since we do have a bit to cover lets get started with it.

In the first part of the video we will setup the image that we will create (you can choose any design that you might need for this part) and then we will start with the outlining process of the whole thing. After that we will see how we can get the outlined object scaled so we have a realistic scale model, and in the end we will render out a template which we will be able to use in the process. So this is where you would be advised to go and see the video for yourself.

In the second part ( and i do know this is a bit of a longer video ) we take the template that we made in 3ds Max and we bring it into Photoshop. Now i did my best to keep the video as newbie friendly (n00b fR13ndly) so that everyone can follow along even if you are not too proficient with Photoshop. We will cover a bit of layering management, some masking as well as some hand on paining and effects adding. All in all this ended up being a long but in depth video which will leave us with a fully customizable template that we can later use for any type of floor. Also you will hear me mention a few times that you can use this exact process to get Marble and stone floors which is totally true and applicable. But enough with the explanation, go ahead and check out the video.

In the last video we take what we made in Photoshop and we dive back into 3ds Max and see how we can use all those textures. Now the emphasis in the third video is put on using Real World Scale and to explain to you how you can get your textures to use real world scale referencing rather then the default tiling option. So go ahead and check out the video for yourself.

And with this we are coming to an end of our post for today. We covered quite a bit of different things and even though i didn’t expect the videos to be that long in the end i kinda enjoyed making them and i really hope you guys will enjoy watching them and even learn a few new things from them.

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Creating Seamless Textures with Photoshop

In today’s article we are going to take a look at one of the most common issues that plagues people that choose to work with 3D modeling and adding textures, and this is called non tileable textures. When you start using textures for the very first time in your scenes you are going to come to the realization that your “raw” unprepared textures are lacking when you want to tile them and make them smaller. The two most common issues that can come up are that your textures haven’t been color equalized which can lead to having different hue values across your texture, and the second issue is with the texture not being seamless. Seamless textures are textures that don’t leave a visible border when you tile them. What is important to note here is that the advantage of using seamless textures is that it has a lot of potential for reusability. What this means is that you can use it again and again opposed to a texture that you would make for an unwrapped model that would be custom tailored to that model alone.

Ok since i don’t want to make this a very long post where you have to get bored of reading i’ll go over the highlights and i’ll let you watch the video. You will see me get an image from Google, then use it in the scene from Realistic Lighting With V-Ray post, and there we’ll see the issues of tiling and color balance showing up, then in Photoshop you will see How to Equalize the Texture color and then how to make it tileable, and after that we are going to save a Diffuse, Specular and Bump map and apply them on the floor in our scene.

Just in case that for some reason you weren’t able to find the texture that i used from Google image search feel free and download it directly from here.

Wood_Base

As you could see creating seamless textures is not that complicated and pretty much anyone can do it if you follow the simple guidelines in the video. I hope you guys learned something today and that you enjoyed the video, and If that is the case then toss a like on the facebook page, subscribe to the YouTube channel, like and share so it can reach more people.

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