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Creating & Texturing A Football / Soccer Ball Using 3DSMax

By Themis Benetatos
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Date Added: 14th September 2010
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3ds Max

Step 9

A projection modifier should be added on top of your unwrapped sphere stack. In the Cage rollout click Reset first, then enter an Amount of 0.5 to make the cage big enough to bake all the high poly information for the normal map (Fig.09).

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Fig. 09

Step 10

In the Render to Texture dialog, click Add and select NormalsMap from the list (Fig.10).

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Fig. 10



Step 11

I know it might sounds huge for some of you, but I get better results with a width and height of 4096 for my normal map texture. You can still enter a smaller value but if you get artifacts or small deformations it might be better to stick with 4096 pixels. Press the Render button and wait until the baking dialog disappears (Fig.11).

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Fig. 11

Step 12

The result should be this normal map texture. If, for some unknown reason, you see artifacts in your normal map texture then there is a big chance that your amount value in the projection modifier is too small. If this is the case then raise the amount value and press Render again until all artifacts disappear (Fig.12).

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Fig. 12





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(ID: 35058, pid: 0) Random on Mon, 07 February 2011 4:21pm
And To think I was the best at this..... Your AWSOME!!!!
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(ID: 34589, pid: 0) StickyPixel on Mon, 31 January 2011 5:15pm
I followed this tutorial 3 times, and each time the normal map would render incorrectly (all red with black splotches). If anyone else has this problem, I was able to get past it by scaling up the low poly sphere until the soccer ball just barely fit inside it. I rendered again and it worked fine...
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(ID: 29934, pid: 0) Gustavo Alvarez on Fri, 17 December 2010 6:19am
thanks a lot for this tutorials, it's great for people like me, who are beginners in the 3D design, and are trying to learn more day by day. is a great tool and reference for me. Thanks a lot again!
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(ID: 26844, pid: 0) John on Tue, 09 November 2010 10:19am
I'm a beginner, but I'm lost with tutorial..sad to say. I hope you can explain it further or elaborate. I was lost at " Unwrap " part don't know where to find it.
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(ID: 25839, pid: 0) Mr.T on Fri, 29 October 2010 5:51pm
Hi Real123, to make a football ball, use the link to the maxscript file and download it. http://blog.mrt-prodz.com/data/dofootball.ms Drag and drop the file on a Max viewport and it will run the script. Or go to Utilities -> Maxscript -> Run Script.
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(ID: 50836, pid: 816441) Real123 (Forums) on Tue, 12 October 2010 6:53am
Hi everybody!I think it is the most understandable tutirial.nice tutorial very well layed out, however i find this more of a cheat.sure i would always end up using a normall map on a sphere, but how do i create that sort of ball in the first place ?___________________________[url=http://www.realugghome.com]Cheap Ugg Boots[/url][url=http://www.realugghome.com]Classic Ugg Boots[/url]
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(ID: 165307, pid: 816441) Real123 (Forums) on Tue, 12 October 2010 6:53am
Hi everybody!I think it is the most understandable tutirial.nice tutorial very well layed out, however i find this more of a cheat.sure i would always end up using a normall map on a sphere, but how do i create that sort of ball in the first place ?___________________________[url=http://www.realugghome.com]Cheap Ugg Boots[/url][url=http://www.realugghome.com]Classic Ugg Boots[/url]
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(ID: 24391, pid: 0) Steven on Sat, 09 October 2010 8:58pm
nice tutorial very well layed out, however i find this more of a cheat. sure i would always end up using a normall map on a sphere, but how do i create that sort of ball in the first place ?.
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(ID: 23727, pid: 0) Ashley on Thu, 30 September 2010 6:38pm
i think this is a really helpful thing for people using this program
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(ID: 23246, pid: 0) Altinay on Fri, 24 September 2010 12:34pm
Hi everybody!I think it is the most understandable tutirial.
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(ID: 22915, pid: 0) Chris on Tue, 21 September 2010 12:57am
Have to say this is a great image well done exellent GFX and this is the first proper tutorial ive seen on creatng a soccerball :)
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(ID: 22416, pid: 0) Ajithranjan on Fri, 17 September 2010 10:27am
i like leaning 3d thanks a lot
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(ID: 22256, pid: 0) Gamikoulas on Wed, 15 September 2010 11:42pm
LOVED IT! Hey themis, you are awesome!
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