'3D Studio Max'


'Creating & Texturing A Football / Soccer Ball Using 3DSMax'

by Themis Benetatos
 



Software Used :



3DSMax

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).

Fig.01

Step 2 :



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


Fig.02



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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).


Fig.03

Step 4 :



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


Fig.04

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  Rating: 2.98, Votes: 40 
Gamikoulas on Wed, 15 September 2010 11:42pm

LOVED IT!

Hey themis, you are awesome!
Ajithranjan on Fri, 17 September 2010 10:27am

i like leaning 3d thanks a lot
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 :)
Altinay on Fri, 24 September 2010 12:34pm

Hi everybody!I think it is the most understandable tutirial.
Ashley on Thu, 30 September 2010 6:38pm

i think this is a really helpful thing for people using this program
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 ?.
Real123 (Forums) on Tue, 12 October 2010 6:53am

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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.
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.
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!
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...
Random on Mon, 07 February 2011 4:21pm

And To think I was the best at this..... Your AWSOME!!!!

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