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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.

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Lighting

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.

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Rendering

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.

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Postworks

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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Thanks for reading the article! If you have any questions you may email me here:
tottarie@freemail.hu




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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
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(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. http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/learning_path.php?lpid=26 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.
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(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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