Chapter 3. Understanding Basic Textures

The realism of 3D animation can be very eye-catching, and a good part of this realism comes from two key factors: lighting and surfacing. In your 3D career, professional or otherwise, you’ll find that achieving this realism is a never-ending battle. Note, however, that this struggle is a blessing in disguise. You see, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to continually better your work. Once you create a fantastic piece of 3D art, it’s time to make a better one! Without forgetting that lighting setups play a big role in determining the realism of your scenes (we’ll get to that in Chapter 4), this chapter will introduce you to LightWave’s texturing capabilities. This chapter helps you take the ...

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