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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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Introduction

Several people have asked me how they could texture a football generated with my Football Ball Maker script. The first, and ugly option, would be to flatten the UVs in an unwrap modifier and then texture it in a 3D painting software like Mudbox/Bodypaint etc. The second option would be to create a low poly ball, unwrap it and then generate a normal map for the patches from the high poly model.

This is the solution I will describe in this small tutorial.

Step 1

Generate a football with the script (Download link:) (Fig.01).

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Fig. 01

Step 2


Hide the football and create a Box at position 0,0,0 (Fig.02).

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Fig. 02



Step 3

Unwrap the Box. You could just use the flatten UV button but I find the right unwrapping of a box a more elegant way to proceed. You can also paint your texture in an easier manner afterwards in a 2D painting program, since you can see where the polygons seam will be (Fig.03).

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Fig. 03

Step 4

Apply a Turbosmooth modifier to make the box smooth enough to look like a sphere (Fig.04).

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Fig. 04
 


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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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