Keep up-to-date with Free tutorials!!

 

Sign up to our twice-monthly newsletter today for the latest tutorials, interviews and product information.

Sign me up to receive third-party emails from 3dtotal's partners, too!

- Latest news
- Exclusive Shop Offers
- Preview early content
- Plus much more

 

Not Ready to take that step? OK, Why not just Subscribe to the RSS Feed

 
submit tutorial
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Streamliner Toy Car

| Your Rating:
rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star full
(3 Votes)
| 34931 Views
| 0 Comments
| Comments 0
Date Added: 13th July 2010
Software used:
Keywords:
Make sure you disable Maya's Enable Default Light and enable Use Selected Lights. Make sure you create one light at a time; it helps you see what is going on in the scene. Use the spotlights (SL) in a three-point lighting arrangement and disable Emit Specularon all three lights. Place the area light and point light where you want the highlights to be focused, making sure that theEmitDiffuse is disabled on both light sources.

The light settings are as follows:

Front SL:
  • Intensity: 80
  • Decay Rate: Quadric
  • Cone Angle: 130
  • Penumbra angle: 10
  • Dropoff: 2

Right SL:
  • Intensity: 140
  • Decay Rate: Quadric
  • Cone Angle: 65
  • Penumbra Angle: 40
  • Dropoff: 1

Left SL:
  • Intensity: 50
  • Decay Rate: Quadric
  • Cone Angle: 65
  • Penumbra Angle: 30
  • Dropoff: 1

Point/Area L:
  • Intensity: 10
  • Decay Rate: Quadric

Shading

Let's begin with the shading for the different parts of the car. We will be using MayaMaterialsand RenderPasses.

The most important thing is that we achieve the characteristic reflection that cars have, by which I mean that when viewed from different angles the reflection is greater or less. We achieve that effect by using the sampler info node. The sampler info is outputting Facial Ratio information by receiving input information of the UVcoordinates of the mesh. The chassis has a ramp connected to the specular (ramp1) and the reflectivity (ramp2) nodes.

The cab-top and the wheels have almost the same material settings; you can go ahead and duplicate when ready with one shader and make slight change in the diffuse and color nodes. Adjust to your liking and do not forget to choose a Maya granite 3D texture with a negative low bump value between 0.004-0.010 to create some unevenness in the surface - it is very subtle but it makes all the difference (Fig.10 - 11)!

113_tid_image_10_material_editor.jpg
Fig: 10


113_tid_image_11_material_ramp_editor.jpg
Fig: 11

Now for the pinhead and wheelhub shaders. Notice that we are using a Mental Ray DGS material for the wheel hubs to achieve the chrome look we are looking for. Duplicate the pinhead shader and change the color to red to create the second pinhead in our scene (Fig.12 - 13).

We have all the shaders in place! Make sure you have a couple of objects in the surrounding area to be reflected in the wheel hubs and the chassis. Be sure that CastShadows, Receive Shadows and Primary Visibility are turned off so that they do not render or give shadows in our scene.

And now we can move on to the final stage!

113_tid_image_12_texture_settings.jpg
Fig: 12



< previous page continued on next page >

 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Related Tutorials

Car Paint: Basics

by Daniel Buck
published on 2009-12-09

Keywords: car, paint, texturing, max,

rating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star nonerating star none (0)
Comments 0 Views 14562

Making Of 'The Homer'

by Carlos R. Bisquertt
published on 2009-12-09

Keywords: vehicle, car, blueprint, homer,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (13)
Comments 3 Views 139536

3D tip of the day - ZBrush eyebrows using Fibermesh

by Glen Southern
published on 2015-01-08

Keywords: tip of the day, fibermesh, zbrush, eyebrows, eyes, model

rating star fullrating star fullrating star nonerating star nonerating star none (4)
Comments 0 Views 24491

Project Overview: Plymouth 1971 Cuda Hemi

by Humam Munir
published on 2013-07-09

Keywords: vehicle, car, plymouth,

rating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star fullrating star half (28)
Comments 2 Views 111343
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
no comments!
No comments yet. Be the first to comment!
Add Your Comment..