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Games and Interaction design

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sketchup


If you've not had a chance to play with Sketchup, I'd strongly recommend it. Its very easy to use (theres a free trial too), and this would definitely appeal for someone relatively new to 3d. The premise is a 3D sketching tool. Its essentially a tool for blocking out 3d layouts. Originally geared towards the architectural market, its now making headway into the the level designers toolbox. What really sets it apart is the easy ability to draw on existing surfaces (circles, squares and polygons) and the push/pull tool that massively simplifies creating booleans. It also exports to 3DS and OBJ formats, and produces a nice clean set of UVS, giving you the perfect point to tidy the mesh up, texture properly and polish.

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