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Master MODO portraits: Create perfect image maps with MARI

By Bert Heynderickx (aka Alberto Ezzy)
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Date Added: 27th November 2014
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Photoshop, MODO
In this part of the tutorial series, we'll take a look at creating image maps for this female 3D portrait

Discover top MARI tricks! 3D Artist Bert Heynderickx - aka Alberto Ezzy - reveals the creation of perfect image maps needed for texturing the skin of the face and body, as well as cloth


Read the first part of this tutorial: Improve your geometry in MODO

In the last chapter, we began our look at the creation of a female portrait, 'My Kiwi Friend', in MODO. In this instalment, we'll discover how to create the various image maps needed to texture our female model, using MARI for the most part, with a little Photoshop as well. I'm continuing work on this figure using an AMD FirePro™ W9000 for the workflow featured, which I personally find very responsive and a pleasure to work with when dealing with high-res character creation.

You can download a free trial of MODO and a free trial of MARI to follow along with this tutorial.

TIP: As with The Fisherman portrait, some aspects of the creation process will be similar, so be sure to check out my earlier free tutorials for more in-depth tips and tricks.

Step 1: Clone skin to erase cap border

To start this part of the tutorial, I want to show you the diffuse image map that came with the head model used for this project from Ten24:

Using a state-of-the-art, optical 3D-scanning rig, Ten24 is able to capture full-color, 360-degree head scans with a 3D point accuracy of up to 0.1 mm

Before we derive the other maps from this one, it's important that the cap border is painted over so that it's no longer visible. So let's jump into MARI now to do that...

With the OBJ model loaded, I right-click on my Base Color layer and choose Import > Import into layer and select the base image map. To be able to import images into MARI, the file has to have a certain naming convention. So you will want to rename it to something like 'Skin.color.1001.tif'.
I can then select the Clone Stamp and clone the skin over the cap border and hair.

The Clone Stamp tool in MARI is ideal for this kind of retouching work

We now have a clean canvas to grow hair from...

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