Software, Mudbox

Submitted by reb on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:56

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Introduction

* This article explains MudBox to people who wish to learn it.
This article is just a stub, containing my notes and research on MudBox. This is not professional advice. I don't make money on this, and I don't work with AutoDesk.

 

 

 

 

 

What is MudBox?

* MudBox is a 3D design software. It has the look and feeling of sculpting clay. It's one of many ways to create or sculpt a virtual model on your PC or Mac screen. Complex models require a very fast computer. Pricing is 30 free demo, or $10.00 USD a month, or one-time $500.00 USD purchase. There might be a cloud-streaming version. 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot Keys (Simplified, and Mostly for Windows)

Camera

* Alt+Middle: Drag (like panning or scrolling).
* Move: Alt+Middleclick

* Zoom: Scrollwheel or Alt+RightClick

* Rotate: Alt+Leftclick

 

Tools and Sculpting

* Ctrl: Temporary inverse tool.

* Shift: Temporary smooth or blur tool.

* Shift + D or PageUp PageDown: Increase detail level aka SubDivide.

* B+Drag: Tool Size

* M+Drag: Tool Strength

 

Interface and Menus

* Space: Menu

* RightClick: Menu

* T: Hide Menus (aka Expert Mode).

* Ctrl+Z: Undo. Shift+Z: Redo.

* Del: Delete.

 

 

 

 

 

Interface

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Interface Menu's: File. Edit. Creat. Mesh. Display. UVs & Maps. Render. Windows. Help. 

 

Interface Tabs, Top: 3D View. UV View. Image Browser. Muxbox Community Website.

 

Interface Tabs, Right Side: Sculpt. Paint. Layers. ObjectList. ViewportFilters.

 

Interface Tabs, Bottom Tools: SculptTools. PaintTools. CurveTools. PoseTools. SelectMoveTools.

 

Interface Tabs, Bottom Textures: * Stamp. Stencil. FallOff. MaterialPresets. LightingPresets. CameraBookmarks.

 

Reset Interface: "Windows" menu, at the bottom is "Reset Layout".

 

Basic Interface Modes

 

 

 

 

 

 

MudBox Words to Know (Lingo, Terms)

* Mesh: 

* Layer: 

* UV Layer: 

* XYZ Axis: Three directions, represented by Red Green Blue colors. Z means vertical or, up and down. X follows the ground, pointing East. Y follows the ground, pointing true North. The three lines meet at 0 which means your center Origin. An object rotates around the axis of your choosing. 

* Edge, Face, Vertex: 

* Polygon: 

* Texture: 

* Raster: 
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* Coplanar:

* Parallel:

 

 

 

3D Design Software

* From Pixologic: zBrush. Sculptris (Free sculpting software).

* From AutoDesk: MudBox. Maya. CAD. (and much more).

* From Adobe: Adobe Photoshop's 3D Features.

* From Google: SketchUp.

* From Agisoft: Agisoft photoscan can turn photos into a 3D model.

* From Microsoft: photosynth.net live examples of Microsoft's point clouds.

* Cinema4D, Bryce, Blender (free), and more.

* Outdated: Simply3D. 

 

 

 

 

 

MudBox 2015 vs zBrush 4R6. Showdown!

* Installed Size: 

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* Learning Curve: zBrush is a far more complex, feature-filled software. Mudbox is much easier to pick up and sculpt, slightly more traditional.

* MudBox has close integration with other Autodesk applications.

* MudBox has a small community, whereas zBrush has an immense army of users and content.

* Creating New Mesh Topology: ZBrush uses ZRemesher while Mudbox calls its function Retopologize. This can optimize your sculpt geometry, lowering polygons.

* Map Baking: A final step in a sculpt. The calculation of normal or displacement maps. 

* Verdict: RoyceBarber.com gives both apps a joyous 9 out of 10. Starting out, use MudBox and optionally graduate to zBrush.

 

 

 

 

 

Misc Notes

* 3D objects can be prepped and sent to a 3D printer, video game, virtual reality tours, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

MudBox Internet Resources

* Official Site Home Page: http://www.autodesk.com/products/mudbox/overview
* Official Site Community: http://area.autodesk.com/
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* Fan Site: http://www.deviantart.com/tag/mudbox
* Fan Site: http://autodesk-mudbox.deviantart.com/
* Fan Site: http://www.mudboxlive.com/
* Fan Site: http://mudboxcentral.com/
* Fan Site: http://cgi.tutsplus.com/articles/43-mind-bending-mudbox-tuts--cg-1584
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* zBrush vs MudBox: http://blog.digitaltutors.com/zbrush-mudbox-sculpting-showdown/


* Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodesk_Mudbox
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* YouTube Tutorial Mudbox for beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3qZwt5l3xE&list=PLDTSNodQJU6bOPNQtP3NGcubeLIEwDiSX
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