The key word here is art: the dynamic 3D art that defines the world of computer games. This book teaches you everything you need to know about the planning, modeling, texturing, lighting, effects creation, and interface design that go into creating today's most advanced and stunning video games. You'll be learning from a master-veteran 3D artist and instructor Matthew Omernick-as you progress through the carefully chosen, software-agnostic tutorials that make up this beautiful, full-color volume. The end result will be skills you can apply to whatever 3D tool you choose and whatever wildly imaginative game you can think up. Through a unique combination of explanation, tutorials, and real world documentation-including discussions of the creative process entailed in some of today's most popular games augmented by screen captures and descriptions--you'll quickly come to understand the workflow, tools, and techniques required to be a successful game artist. In addition to learning the ropes of game art, you'll also find in depth tutorials and techniques that apply to all aspects of 3D graphics. Whether you are using Photoshop, 3ds max, Maya, or any other computer graphics software, you'll find a wealth of information that you can continue to come back to time and time again.
Foreword: Making Games.
Turning Lead into Gold, Plastic, Wood, etc. Embrace the Constraints.
Who Should Read This Book? A True Artist First. What to Expect from This Book. What This Book Covers. Making the Game. Themes.
How and Where to Collect Reference. Concept Art. Setting the Quality Bar. Blocking Out Your Scene. Conclusion.
Primitives. Polygons and Memory. Polygon Reduction. Modeling Techniques. Common Mistakes. Conclusion.
Game Texturing Theory. How to Choose and Create Textures. File Formats. Color Depth. Resolution (Texture Size). Photoshop. Where Do I Use My Pixels? Digital Photography. Making a Texture Tilable. Actions. Conclusion.
The Power of Layers. Photoshop Tools. Alpha Channels. Conclusion.
Assigning Materials. What Are UVs? Multiple UV Sets. Tiling. Conclusion.
Organic Versus Inorganic Models. Organic Modeling Methods. Modeling with Triangles. Cleaning Up Your Geometry. Conclusion.
Color. Mood. Traditional Lighting Setup. Working with 3D Lights. Effective Lighting Practices. Conclusion.
Vertex Lighting. Lightmaps. Per-Pixel Lighting. Normal Maps. Dynamic Lighting. Troubleshooting. Conclusion.
Particle Effects. Billboards. Fog. Water. Clouds. Decals. Conclusion.
The Metal Box. Trees and Vegetation. Reflection. Placed Shadows. Conclusion.
The Shell. In-Game User Interface. Heads-Up Display. Composition. Plan, Plan, Plan. Conclusion.
Source Control. Collision Geometry. Skydomes. Light Volumes. Tagging Materials. Bug Fixing. Polishing. Major Milestones. Conclusion.