Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:52 am

Staer9 wrote:to me it looks like an extra object, try going in object mode, selecting it, and deleting it.
sometimes artifacts like this are left after some separation and smoothing of areas (which sounds like what you did).
That was it. Thanks again, Staer9. Good to know that. :)
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by Amaranth » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:41 pm

Hi, I have a UV unwrapping problem. When unwrapping a model I am working on, part of the ship stays white and it will not let me edit it. The rest unwraps OK and can be textured. I have checked that the faces concerned are not treated as separate objects and that the whole model is selected before unwrapping. Any clues or ideas how to fix this please. Otherwise my Acclamator-class assault ship will look rather odd...
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:21 pm

Amaranth wrote:Hi, I have a UV unwrapping problem. When unwrapping a model I am working on, part of the ship stays white and it will not let me edit it. The rest unwraps OK and can be textured. I have checked that the faces concerned are not treated as separate objects and that the whole model is selected before unwrapping. Any clues or ideas how to fix this please. Otherwise my Acclamator-class assault ship will look rather odd...
Sounds like a case of reversed Normals. Before I unwrap a model, I always go into Texture Paint mode to check if the Normals are reversed on any part of the ship. If the Normals are reversed, whole faces of the ship will seem to not be there, and nothing can be done with them in that state. What has happened is the outside surface, the part you have been forming to whatever shape you intend, has faces that for reasons unknown to me are flipped inside out, so that you can see through it. That's the way it would appear from the inside of the ship, if the Normals were correct. You have to select the vertices surrounding any area that show white, go to Mesh on the bottom tool bar, left click on that and pan up to Normals. You will see three options, but the one you want is "Flip Normals". That has to be done in Edit Mode. Be careful to select only the face that is showing white, because if you also select a face right next to it that isn't reversed to begin with, you will then flip that face inside out while flipping the intended face right side out.

You can still do this, even after unwrapping, but you need to put the unwrap aside for a while, return to Edit Mode, and do what I described above. Once more, you can check on which faces you want to select by just going back and forth between Texture Paint Mode, and Edit Mode. Texture Paint Mode will show what normals are flipped, as you will be able to see through those faces that are flipped inside out, and need correcting. Selecting the flipped face in Edit Mode to flip it to Normal as described above, and then rechecking in Texture Paint Mode will eventually get the whole model right side out, and THEN you should be able to work with it in unwrap. Does that make sense?.
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by Amaranth » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:47 pm

Many thanks Mandoman. Problem solved.

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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:11 am

Amaranth wrote:Many thanks Mandoman. Problem solved.

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Very nice, Amaranth. I'll be watching for it. :)
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by Shipbuilder » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:20 am

Great looking ship Amaranth.

I look forward to its release.

The texturing looks fantastic.
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:34 am

Does anyone know if it's possible to add to, or alter details on a model in Blender, AFTER it's been unwrapped, and textured, WITHOUT having to re-unwrap it, and re-paint it? I should catch mistakes BEFORE I unwrap, I know, but let's face it, I just don't catch everything every time. :oops:
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:31 pm

I notice my last question went unanswered. Oh well, here's another.

Can any one tell me WHY some parts of a model will only fit to the over-all model by adjusting it so in Object Mode, therefore making it look like a mess in Edit Mode (Stear9)? Also, is there a way to prevent this occurrence before it starts (Staer9)?
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by Paradox » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:43 pm

mandoman wrote:Does anyone know if it's possible to add to, or alter details on a model in Blender, AFTER it's been unwrapped, and textured, WITHOUT having to re-unwrap it, and re-paint it? I should catch mistakes BEFORE I unwrap, I know, but let's face it, I just don't catch everything every time.
Sorry Mandoman, I use Wings3d, so I can't answer your latest question. However the prior one I think I can.. If Blender is anything like Wings, then once you uvmap and paint your map, your model becomes very hard to alter without looking bad... If you move a vertex, it will stretch the texture between it and any other vertices connected to it. In Wings3d, I am able to remap just the affected polygons, without remapping the whole model, but I don't know how Blender handles it...

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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:06 pm

Paradox wrote:
mandoman wrote:Does anyone know if it's possible to add to, or alter details on a model in Blender, AFTER it's been unwrapped, and textured, WITHOUT having to re-unwrap it, and re-paint it? I should catch mistakes BEFORE I unwrap, I know, but let's face it, I just don't catch everything every time.
Sorry Mandoman, I use Wings3d, so I can't answer your latest question. However the prior one I think I can.. If Blender is anything like Wings, then once you uvmap and paint your map, your model becomes very hard to alter without looking bad... If you move a vertex, it will stretch the texture between it and any other vertices connected to it. In Wings3d, I am able to remap just the affected polygons, without remapping the whole model, but I don't know how Blender handles it...
Oh, I can alter the shape of an unwrapped part in Blender without ruining the texture, and such. It's trying to add anything new TO the model AFTER texturing that seems to be a flop. I don't think it can be done, but I don't know for sure. Thanks Paradox. :)
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Fri May 24, 2013 2:49 pm

I seem to be full of......well, you know, questions. I'm working on a ship design that when finished am hoping to have the front canopy see through, so the bridge and other details of the front of the ship can be seen in game. I put a flat wall over the area that should be "see through", and flipped the normals. When I look at it in Texture Paint, or Object Mode, the wall is not apparent, and the open interior is viewable. My question is, will this work in the game? Will the game treat the open area as a see through part of the ship, or will it see it as an open hole in the ship? Thanks. :)
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by Smivs » Fri May 24, 2013 3:24 pm

Transparent cockpits have been discussed before, so I don't think that will work, I'm afraid :( you'll just get the 'hole'.
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by mandoman » Fri May 24, 2013 5:37 pm

Smivs wrote:Transparent cockpits have been discussed before, so I don't think that will work, I'm afraid :( you'll just get the 'hole'.
Shoot! Oh well, it was just a thought. Thanks Smivs. :)
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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by blm768 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:35 am

The current workflow for exporting meshes looked a little tedious, so I took an afternoon and wrote a script that exports a Blender mesh directly to a .dat file.

https://gist.github.com/blm768/6059892

It can be installed just like any other Blender add-on (by putting it in the add-ons directory). You'll also need to enable the add-on in File -> User Preferences -> Addons; look under the "Import-Export" tab.

Once it's installed, just select the mesh object you want to export and use File -> Export -> Oolite (.dat). Note that if the model has a UV map, every face must have a texture assigned, or the script will complain loudly. The script might also be somewhat buggy, but I haven't run into any major unfixed bugs yet.

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Re: Blender 3d Modeling Tutorials

Post by DaddyHoggy » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:28 am

blm768 wrote:The current workflow for exporting meshes looked a little tedious, so I took an afternoon and wrote a script that exports a Blender mesh directly to a .dat file.

https://gist.github.com/blm768/6059892

It can be installed just like any other Blender add-on (by putting it in the add-ons directory). You'll also need to enable the add-on in File -> User Preferences -> Addons; look under the "Import-Export" tab.

Once it's installed, just select the mesh object you want to export and use File -> Export -> Oolite (.dat). Note that if the model has a UV map, every face must have a texture assigned, or the script will complain loudly. The script might also be somewhat buggy, but I haven't run into any major unfixed bugs yet.
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