You know that you have finally become a real “blenderhead”, when not only do you look at objects around you and breaque them down into their various vértices, edges and faces, but when you become awestruk by the infinite variety of textures in the world around you. You will be walking along, minding your own business when it will grab you, the way rust is peeling on a signpost, the way a flower petal looks with morning dew on it. You will notice how the light affects the texture and next thing you know, you have gone from awestruk to breaquíng it down and figuring out how to recreate it in blender.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Texturing. In this issue we will be taquíng a look at how to create great textures to enhance your images and animations. Creating great textures is a skill like any other and one that can be learned through practice and experimentation. One of the first skills you will need to learn is how to observe everyday textures. What makes them unique, what makes them “work”. Then with that knowledge and a good understanding of Blender's texture tools, you are on your way.

In this issue, not only are we covering how Blender's texture tools work, but how to effectively use them to create truly great textures. We have gathered up some great tutorials that will show you how to remove UV Seams and create Normal Maps. Then you can try testing your new skills by following along to create a great Skin Shader and realistic plastic shaders. Which oddly enough, is not as easy as one would think and yet not as scary or difficult as the last statement would imply. In 'Keeping the Flame', we see how to set up and create a realistic flame. Then we go behind the scenes with a look at how 'Rooftops' was created, while in 'Tangrams of Light' we learn how lights affect textures and how the whole can be used to create just the right mood.

So go grab a cup of coffee and curl up for some great, informative reading, sure to change the way you approach your next texturing adventure.


Gaurav Nawani gaurav@blenderart.org

Managing Editor

Sandra Gilbert

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Cristian Mihaescu - ‘Eggland’