UV Fundamentals

Maya UVs

In This Class You’ll Access…
Learn the Foundations of UVs here in this class. We’ll cover the major tools and focus on the easiest seams and unwrap workflow that’s most commonly used today and look into many other UV functions.

 

You’ll learn about the basics of UVs how different UV layouts affect how textures are wrapped over objects. We’ll briefly explain other alternatives too such as PTex and Poly Paint and explain why UVs are still the predominant choice for 3d production.

We’ll explore the base projection types, and get a quick tour of the UV editor. We’ll see how we can mirror UVs, pack them and use visual helpers of the UV editor to aid us in the process.

Finally we’ll see how we can unwrap an entire character with a time lapse of the unwrapping of Zanzi.

We’ll cover UVs in more detail at a later stage. Specifically unwrapping hard surface objects can be tricky and there’s examples where we can use UVs wisely to help save time in texturing, avoiding seams and texturing logos, text straight lines which can be important in many scenarios. But for now this course will lay the foundations for laying out UVs.

Running Time: 1:11 hrs
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 1:11 hrs

1. UVs Explained (13 mins)

1.1 – How UVs Work (1:50 mins)
1.2 – How UVs Work (2:56 mins)
1.3 – Zanzi Example (2:24 mins)
1.4 – Unfold Workflow (4:36 mins)
1.5 – PTex and Polypaint (2:04 mins)

2. Projection Types: Planar, Cylindrical, Spherical and Automatic (10 mins)

2.1 – Planar Mapping (5:06 mins)
2.2 – Cylindrical Spherical (2:38 mins)
2.3 – Automatic UVs (2:38 mins)

3. The UV Editor (2:57 mins)

3.1 – The UV Editor (2:04 mins)
3.2 – UV Marking Menus (53 sec)

4. Unfold The Easy Option (18 mins)

4.1 – Unfolding UVs (2:47 mins)
4.2 – Unfold Options (1:27 mins)
4.3 – Unfold Coat Example (3:58 mins)
4.4 – Unfold Face Example (5:45 mins)
4.5 – Send To ZBrush (1:44 mins)
4.6 – ZBrush Unfold (2:26 mins)

5. UV Visual Display Helpers (4:01 mins)

5.1 – Shaded UV Display (1:05 mins)
5.2 – UV Distortion (2:56 mins)

6. Mirroring UVs (2:30 mins)

6.1 – Mirroring UVs (2:30 mins)

7. Packing UVs (8:35 mins)

7.1 – Packing UVs (4:11 mins)
7.2 – Packing Part 2 (4:24 mins)

8. Unwrapping Zanzi (10 mins)

8.1 – Unwrapping Zanzi (10 mins)

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