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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.
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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.
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Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot Keys (Simplified, and Mostly for Windows)
Camera
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* Alt+Middle: Drag (like panning or scrolling).
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* Move: Alt+Middleclick
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* Zoom: Scrollwheel or Alt+RightClick
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* Rotate: Alt+Leftclick
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Tools and Sculpting
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* Ctrl: Temporary inverse tool.
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* Shift: Temporary smooth or blur tool.
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* Shift + D or PageUp PageDown: Increase detail level aka SubDivide.
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* B+Drag: Tool Size
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* M+Drag: Tool Strength
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Interface and Menus
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* Space: Menu
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* RightClick: Menu
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* T: Hide Menus (aka Expert Mode).
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* Ctrl+Z: Undo. Shift+Z: Redo.
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* Del: Delete.
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Interface
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Interface Menu's: File. Edit. Creat. Mesh. Display. UVs & Maps. Render. Windows. Help.
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Interface Tabs, Top: 3D View. UV View. Image Browser. Muxbox Community Website.
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Interface Tabs, Right Side: Sculpt. Paint. Layers. ObjectList. ViewportFilters.
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Interface Tabs, Bottom Tools: SculptTools. PaintTools. CurveTools. PoseTools. SelectMoveTools.
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Interface Tabs, Bottom Textures: * Stamp. Stencil. FallOff. MaterialPresets. LightingPresets. CameraBookmarks.
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Reset Interface: “Windows” menu, at the bottom is “Reset Layout”.
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MudBox Words to Know (Lingo, Terms)
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* Mesh:
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* Layer:
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* UV Layer:
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* 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.
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* Edge, Face, Vertex:
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3D Design Software
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* From Pixologic: zBrush. Sculptris (Free sculpting software).
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* From AutoDesk: MudBox. Maya. CAD. (and much more).
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* From Adobe: Adobe Photoshop's 3D Features.
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* From Google: SketchUp.
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* From Agisoft: Agisoft photoscan can turn photos into a 3D model.
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* From Microsoft: photosynth.net live examples of Microsoft's point clouds.
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* Cinema4D, Bryce, Blender (free), and more.
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* Outdated apps like Simply3D and old versions of modern apps.
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MudBox 2015 vs zBrush 4R6. Showdown!
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* 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.
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* MudBox has close integration with other Autodesk applications.
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* MudBox has a small community, whereas zBrush has an immense army of users and content.
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* Creating New Mesh Topology: ZBrush uses ZRemesher while Mudbox calls its function Retopologize. This can optimize your sculpt geometry, lowering polygons.
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* Map Baking: A final step in a sculpt. The calculation of normal or displacement maps.
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* Verdict: RoyceBarber.com gives both apps a joyous 9 out of 10. Starting out, use MudBox and optionally graduate to zBrush.
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Misc Notes
* 3D objects can be prepped and sent to a 3D printer, video game, virtual reality tours, and more.
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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/
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* 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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* YouTube Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/user/Autodesk
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* Downloads Website: http://www.turbosquid.com/
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tech/software_mudbox.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/15 03:49 by reb