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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ShaderFX FREE edition

+ ShaderFX is FREE for all individuals and companies smaller then 2 employees. Including free for commercial use. Those who have purchased the educational version in the past, will automatically convert to having the full commercial edition simply by installing the new version. The 3ds Max plugin 'Shader FX' allows artists with no previous programming experience to create stunning real-time shaders quickly and easily, and gives full control over the appearance of their real-time models. As a full-featured real-time shader editor for 3ds Max, it offers a gradual learning curve to .fx shaders for artists who are used to the 3ds Max material editor.
ShaderFX's powerful schematic interface lets you quickly assemble shaders that support complex effects such as parallax mapping, fresnel fall-off, and cube map reflection, all by simply connecting nodes together. Your shader progress is displayed and updated in 3ds Max's viewport as you build the shader so you can always see your results in real-time. Once you're happy with your results, you can use your shader in the 3ds Max viewport, or you can also export your shader in the popular HLSL FX format for use in other applications and game engines.
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VRay Guide ( English Ver)

+ VRay - THE COMPLETE GUIDE , English version is ready and right now shipping. The VRay book by author Francesco Legrenzi, is the first book in the world completely devoted to VRay. Its aim is to provide an avanced support for the specialists in this branch. All too often we lose a lot of time searching the meaning of a particular parameter. Who hasn't spent entire days trying to understand what was wrong with their rendering? Having some “presets” is not enough: it is necessary to understand and have knowledge of the tools daily used. This is the only way thanks to which you'll be able to face more and more difficult tasks. Enclosed you'll also find a DVD-ROM containing 32 animations in .mov format, bearing examples otherwise impossible to understand via images only.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Craft Director Tools for CINEMA 4D

+ Further expanding the artist-friendly workflow, Craft Animations™ today announced the availability of its Craft Director Tools™ for users of MAXON CINEMA 4D. Craft Director Tools utilize high-end artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems to drastically condense traditional animation processes. Combining these unprecedented animation tools with CINEMA 4D's ease-of-use and image quality, users receive a time-saving and cost-effective animation solution capable of saving hours, days and weeks of laborious animation time. By eliminating the prolonged tasks of key framing and scripting, Craft Director Tools provide artists more time for creative processes. Professional users including Digital Dimension, Toyota and Lockheed Martin have reported reduced production times by up to 90 percent. Additionally, they have gained the opportunity to create natural motion paths on the fly through autopilot functions, or a variety of input devices such as gamepads, joysticks, keyboards, Wacom boards and 6DOF controllers (such as Space Pilot®® ). Craft Director Tools for MAXON CINEMA 4D are available now and are individually priced between USD $129 and $1,199. Windows and Mac versions of Craft Director Tools are compatible with CINEMA 4D R10, R10.5 and R11. Craft Director Tools are also available for Autodesk's 3ds Max and Maya, Mac and Windows platforms.
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Gnomon Selling Reference Anatomy Figures

+ The Gnomon Workshop now sells Freedom of Teach's Artist Model and Reference Busts and is pleased to be able to offer them at 10% off for one week only. So, order today and use Coupon code FOT109 to save 10%. Freedom of Teach's Artist Model is the finest anatomical figure available at a desktop size. Used by animators, modelers, concept artist and medical professionals it is THE tool you need to become a better artist.The Reference Busts are a new way to help you understand the human form. They simplify and clarify the complexities of looking at a live model and create a foundation for your art to grow.

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Shrek The Musical: Autodesk Animation Technology Brings Magic Mirror to Life

+ In the new Broadway hit Shrek The Musical, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. is relying on Autodesk, Inc. 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show. "We've had a great, long standing engagement with Autodesk; we rely heavily on Autodesk software and custom development for many of our projects," said Jim Mainard, head of Research and Development, DreamWorks Animation Technology. "For Shrek The Musical, the sophistication, interactivity and believability of the Magic Mirror wouldn't have been possible without Autodesk technology. "Autodesk is a world leader in design innovation technology. Autodesk 3D software and services enable customers to visualize, simulate and analyze entertainment and design projects.
For Shrek The Musical, Autodesk designeda system that captures the facial motion of actor John Tartaglia in real-timeand uses it to animate the face in the Magic Mirror. This live-to-stage performance is the first of its kind in a Broadway musical. The Magic Mirror was featured on NBC's The Today Show on December 8, 2008 and tested by co-host Meredith Vieira. Shrek The Musical is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from the book by famed New Yorker cartoonist William Steig, aswell the Academy Award-winning DreamWorks film. The show celebrated Opening Night at The Broadway Theatre in New York City on December 14, 2008.


Wolda '09

+ Wolda '09, the worldwide Logo Design annual is now accepting entries. Wolda is the high-profile award scheme that rewards the best logos and trademarks designed throughout the world, and the only award scheme in the world endorsed by over 100 international design associations and schools. Graphic designers, studios, agencies and students worldwide are invited to participate online at www.wolda.org. The winning entries will be selected by an innovative three-tier jury comprising 10 top designers, 10 marketing managers from major international clients and finally 10 members of the public, representing the ultimate target market of consumers, selected by ICOGRADA, AQUENT and CONSUMERS INTERNATIONAL respectively.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Art Institutes Poster Design Competition 2009

+ Create a poster with your own spin on this theme and enter it in The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts Poster Design Competition. You could earn a tuition scholarship to study graphic design at one of over 40 Art Institutes locations across North America. The Art Institutes is sponsoring the Poster Design Competition, a program which awards tuition scholarships of up to $25,000 to study Graphic Design at a participating Art Institute location. In partnership with the not-for-profit organization Americans for the Arts, The Art Institutes annual Poster Design Competition is an opportunity for talented young artists at the high school level to earn a tuition scholarship to study graphic design. After earning a degree, students may launch a professional career in the graphic design field. Deadline for entries is February 6, 2009. In all, approximately $100,000 in tuition scholarships will be awarded.


Escape Studios Announces New Online 3ds Max Course

+ Enhance your architectural design and visualization skills with the new Autodesk® 3ds Max® course from Escape Studios, the number one source for developing a successful career in the computer graphics industry. Taught and created by award-winning architectural and design visualization artist Mike Merron, "Visualization with 3ds Max" is delivered through Escape's proprietary online learning system and contains more than 10 hours of HD video tutorial content. Developed for burgeoning artists and architects, including AutoCAD, Revit and Microstation users, "Visualization with 3ds Max" provides an introduction to 3ds Max and will help students develop the necessary skills to move into the realm of design visualization. "Visualization with 3ds Max" contains more than 10 hours of HD video content and is available for GBP £249 (USD $399). No prior knowledge of 3ds Max is necessary; however, a basic knowledge of 3D and some familiarity with Photoshop is recommended. For more information on Escape's "Visualization with 3ds Max" course, please - Click Here


2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

+ Participation in the Adobe® Design Achievement Awards Contest, which celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition — which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software — honors the most talented and promising student Graphic Designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers, and computer artists from the world's top institutions of higher education. Submissions are now being accepted through June 5, 2009.
Contest is open to all individuals age 18 years or older who are full-time matriculated students in an accredited institution of higher education in the 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Republic of China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Russian Federation, Poland and Turkey, who hold citizenship status or have official work or student visas for the above countries. For group entries, everyone who worked on the entry must be listed on the entry form and must meet these eligibility requirements. One of these people must be designated on the entry form as lead team member. Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors of Sponsor; its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors; the judging panel; and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household of such persons are not eligible to participate in the Contest.


Rendering with XSI (mental ray)

+ i3DTutorials™ announces their latest training product for SOFTIMAGEXSI, " Rendering with SOFTIMAGEXSI v.II: mental ray ™". This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials™ library of SOFTIMAGEXSI training products, teaches artists advanced production techniques for using the industry standard mental ray renderer to create imagery of exquisite and stunning detail. Emphasizing production proven techniques, users are taken through a series of demanding production scenes that mimic the complex scenarios and challenges commonly found when producing renders for production. Picking up where volume one left off, " Rendering with SOFTIMAGEXSI v.II: mental ray ™" continues to cover new features of SOFTIMAGEXSI 7 and mental ray. Learn new features and tools in SOFTIMAGEXSI 7 that will allow you to take advantage of the latest mental ray technology and take your renders to the next level. Some highlights include new shaders, such as the Bokeh lens shader used to create photo-realistic depth of field rendering effects. Also covered, is the new Irradiance Particles indirect illumination algorithm introduced with the latest version of mental ray. Learn to use the power of Irradiance Particles in the first in-depth training product of its kind developed for SOFTIMAGEXSI 7 and Irradiance Particles. Discover the technical details of this new rendering feature and learn to take full advantage of the benefits Irradiance Particles offers you by learning production techniques that will teach you how to render as fast as possible without sacrificing quality. Addressing the need and demand for professional training for SOFTIMAGEXSI, “Rendering with SOFTIMAGEXSI v.II: mental ray ™” teaches the techniques needed to truly take advantage of the power of SOFTIMAGEXSI 7 and mental ray.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Introducing UV Packer and FlatIron for 3ds MAX

# UV-Packer is the new UV map packing and auto-rescaling plug-in for Autodesk™ 3D Studio Max™. UV-Packer does what you can't: it calculates the perfect quadrature of your UV maps, scales them and put the pieces together in mathematically exact way no human would ever be able to process. UV-Packer is a fast and exact UV Utility for every CG artist’s 3D-Toolbox.
# FlatIron is a texture baking plug-in for 3D Studio MAX which handles multiple objects at once. It produces high quality UV map using the proven Unwrella Technology, which unfolds your 3d models with exact pixel to model surface aspect ratio automatically. Flatiron speeds up your scene baking workflow and improves the texturing quality immensely. Automatic uwrapping, baking and packing of group of objects onto a single UV surface and more.

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LE MONSIEUR - Animation Short

+ Le Monsieur, Le Vampire et Renée Marcelle is the new animated short by Oscar Alavarado from Mexico. The project is produced and animated only by Oscar and Martha Vaquera. The story of two young art students in the Paris of 1920. One day, a strange man it appears in their lifes,... what happen next....! The entire short is made with
BLENDER 3D. An open source 3d modeling and animation application developed by the BLENDER FOUNDATION in Amsterdam, Holand. This gives to Oscar the chance to keep his work in the independent scene. The final short will be presented for first time in the Blender Conference 2009 in Amsterdam.
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