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Making Of 'Drum Kit 101'

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Then came the fun part: texturing! For this part, I used 3DTotal Textures V1: R2 DVD Collection (Fig09). I only used the colour and bump because this was all that I required for this specific task. The rest comes under the heading of 'materials', which I'll cover later on...

Fig. 09

So, I opened up Paintshop and the first thing I did was to open the wood texture (Fig10), then I created a new layer and painted over it in a nice shade of red (Fig11). I then darkened it a little by adjusting the level of Brightness for a more realistic, wooden feel (Fig12). I left the bump as it was (the bump was already created on the Total Textures DVD).

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I was then ready to apply the texture to the drums...

So I had three colours, the original wooden panel texture, the red one, and then the bump. I wanted to apply the red texture first of all to the whole drum (Fig13). To do this, I went into Edit Poly mode and selected all of the faces inside the drum kit, then applied the wooden panel texture. Only the outside shell was coated red (Fig14), as that gave a 'real-life' effect to the drum kit. It's all of these extra little texture details like this that convince your brain into believing images!

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With the drum kit textured, it was then time to render... I set up my scene (I'm not going to tell you how to render using my rendering configurations as that'll take all the fun out of having your own rendering setup!) by simply messing around with the settings (Fig15). The final render can be seen in the image, Fig16.

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Post Production

And there you go - a fully textured drum kit in a studio environment, ready to be rendered (Fig17). I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you, and I'd love to hear from anyone with any questions or feedback, so please contact me! Keep modelling!!

Fig. 17 - Final Image

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Narratorway on Thu, 18 July 2013 11:14pm
Actually, if you leave tons of holes in it, it IS a bad tutorial. And this is a bad tutorial. In point of fact, considering how much he DOESN'T explain, I'd call it a terrible one.
Logan Bailey on Wed, 13 June 2012 7:06pm
It's not a bad tutorial but you've left tons of holes in it. Like how you made the accessories. Sizes of things like the drums. This is of course for someone who is not as familiar with drums as you. The type of lighting at the end. It goes from point a to point be without explaining much of a procedure.
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