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Making Of 'Autobot'

By Tamás Tóthfalussy
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
Software used:
3ds Max, Photoshop, V-Ray

For the robot body I made 5 metal materials. These are chrome, dirty chrome, a slightly blue steel, copper and a shiny black metal. The chrome is really simple, black diffuse, white reflection, and about 0.85 glossiness value. The dirty chrome is the same, but just like the car paint, I added an extra black diffuse layer with a dirt mask using VrayBlend. The blue steel is the main material of the robot's body. I used a dark grey with just a little blue (RGB 60-60-70) for the diffuse, and a noise map with black and a lighter version of the diffuse color for the reflections. Glossiness is 0,8. The copper material has brown diffuse (80-50-35) and reflect (130-90-75) 0,75 glossiness and a dirt map applied just like the car paint. The shiny black is black diffuse, dark grey reflection and 0,8 glossiness.



For the lighting I used a Vray Dome light using a VrayHDRI texture. I wanted a little lighter area behind the robot, so I put there a Spotlight lighting the background.



I used Adaptive QMC Image Sampler and Catmull-Rom AA filter. GI was also used, Irradiance Map (Medium preset) for primary and Quasi-Monte Carlo for secondary bounces.



After some brightness, contrast and color correction I used the Burn and Dodge tool to improve some details. Finally came the title and author's name and the picture was finished.

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(ID: 264645, pid: 0) Abhyodaya on Sun, 30 March 2014 9:07am
Hey I always wanted to make this transformers but I don't know how we will make the robot with car parts and I cannot understand from the writing here it would have been more perfect if there would have been a video tutorial I need this and its very important for me and I cannot buy anything I can only download the videos so can you give me the tutorial video so that I can download
(ID: 120278, pid: 0) Debojyoti Ghosh on Sat, 26 May 2012 4:48pm
Will you please make a more detailed tutorial on the same topic? DigitalTutors have recently launched their own. But it is directed towards the more advanced users. May be you could create something more detailed using only Maya-Photoshop-AfterEffects; something targeted towards those who are relatively new to the world of CG.
(ID: 74831, pid: 0) Dhruva on Sat, 31 December 2011 12:17pm
I want to buy your tutorial and I e-mail you please check it out.
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