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Modeling an umbrella

By Tomek Michalski
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Date Added: 18th November 2013
Software used:
3ds Max, Misc

Importing into 3ds Max

Now we need to open 3ds Max to begin adding details to the umbrella. First, convert the umbrella to editable poly, and remove the ugly and unnecessary tip of the umbrella. If it is necessary, make amendments using a modifier FDD box.

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Using 3ds Max to add detail to the umbrella

Optimizing the model

Optimize only the net of the umbrella using the modifier ProOptimizer. It is important to mark the following two parameters: Keep Texture and Keep UV Boundaries. For that purpose you can also use ZBrush and the Decimation Master tool.

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Settings needed to optimize the umbrella model in 3ds Max

Modeling the tip

Model a metal top for the umbrella using the technique you find most comfortable.

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Creating the metal tip of the umbrella in 3ds Max


Base of the umbrella

Now let's make the stitch from the side of the umbrella's handle. First, mark the border of the umbrella (as seen in the image). With Shift, move from the border to the edge and click on the Create Shape from Selection tool. Change the thickness of the line you created, and if it is necessary, correct any mistakes.

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Marking out the base of the umbrella

Other detail

You can then model other details in using the techniques you like best.

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Adding other detail such as the handle and umbrella spine tips

Final touches

Add shaders and you are done! This technique used to create the material for the umbrella can be used for creating countless other things like shirts on hangers, skirts etc.

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Adding shaders to your project will prepare it for the next stage of texturing and lighting

Related links
Tomek Michalski's website
Tomek Michalski's portfolio
Free models offered by Tomek
Marvellous Designer




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(ID: 271096, pid: 0) Telespallalex on Mon, 28 April 2014 2:15pm
Hi, I'm tring to modeling your umbrella, but I can't add more than one pin on the garment. Why? I've tried using the W shortcut, like in the tutorials on the marvelous designer site, and I've looked for the add pin command in the menu, but it just wasn't there. Any idea? Thank you.
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