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#1

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:33 AM

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Changelog:
•Fixed specularity problem with transparent regions on hats (caused weird shadows where they shouldn't be)
•Added joints (elbows, knees, and body bending)
•Fixed ugly edges when body bends
•Added lots of blocks to make scenes with...
•Improved glass and leaf blocks
•Added tree blocks
•Got rid of some annoying constraints
•Added clouds
•Changed lighting
•Added creeper (on layer five, hidden by default)
•Fixed creeper texture
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•Added chests, furnaces, crafting blocks, ore, and torches
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With this handy tool, you can create fancy renders and animations of your minecraft characters. For example:
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Download the blender file here: http://www.box.net/shared/132x3xko3s
You can get Blender here: http://www.blender.o...ad/get-blender/
It's free, open source, and not bloatware, so the download is relatively small as far as 3D development suites go.

You don't need much knowledge of blender to use this, and I've set it up so that there should be minimal effort for the user to pose his character and apply skins to it. The body parts are precision modeled and mapped to exactly their dimensions in pixels on the corresponding texture regions. I was very much helped in doing so by Swedman's Skin Helper, so credits go to him for that and also the fact that this blender file comes bundled with his helper image. I find it to be a very concise and simple visual aid, so I hope he has no objection to me re-distributing it.
Now, it also comes with lots of blocks for making scenes; they are located on layer four.
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Here's an example of skins look rendered (this one's mine):
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In-program:
You can see your texture in the 3d viewport as well as in the render.
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The body mesh is attached to an armature, allowing you to pose the character however you wish:
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To pose the character, simply grab the bones you wish to manipulate with the right mouse button. This can be done with the camera and lamp(s) as well. To take a pretty picture of your character once you've set him up, just press the huge "render" button in the buttons panel. If you have any problems, google for solutions before consulting me. If you have no knowledge of Blender at all, I suggest looking for some beginner tutorials, but maybe just the ones that cover bones and textures.

For you advanced Blender users out there, this could be used to bake procedurally calculated maps into textures, such as ambient occlusion (pretty shading) or any of the procedural textures blender comes with. Therefore, this can be used to create skins as well as display them.
Here's an ambient occlusion texture I'm giving away for free; you can make a "multiply" layer in your image editor and put this in it to have an overlying geometry-based shading on your skin.
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Not only that, but you can use Blender's texture paint mode to paint directly onto the 3d Model.
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Enjoy!

PS: If your viewport textures look really blurry (it won't affect the render, so it's not that serious), uncheck the "Mipmapping" button in the user preferences window (Drag the top bar down to view the extra settings, then click on the "System&OpenGL" tab):
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EDIT: Here is the obj file of a UV mapped minecraft character for import into other 3D programs.

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 07:50 AM

very nice

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 11:36 AM

I dare say this deserves a sticky.
I want to join you sleeping peaceful, feeling the sun in our room...

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 03:03 PM

I had a go and this is what i made
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Im quite proud, considering i have never used blender before  :cobblestone:
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:23 PM

Dancin' a jig...
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And that rhymes.

Well, anyway, just wanted to show some animation other than the spastic default walk.

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 08:34 PM

Played around with it a little bit.

When I tilt the head back I seem to be getting a weird shadow from the invisible hat layer.
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Other than that I think this is awesome. Now I kinda wanna figure out how to animate with this.
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 09:27 PM

If you don't want shadows on your model:
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You can't choose what part of the model to not cast a shadow since it is all one object.

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 10:09 PM

I tried my hand at animating, basic but i like it.
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 11:22 PM

EDIT: I've  fixed the false shadow bugs in a new version; re-download.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:08 AM

I don't know if i doing this correctly but when i apply the texture,
The entire thing isn't applied.
Am i doing something wrong? And if so, what?

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:33 AM

You are probably opening a new texture instead of replacing it
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Click image and then select replace instead of open then select your skin as you did before, it should be placed on the model then


EDIT: Scratch that, im wrong, try it anyway
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:45 AM

Good Job!
My guy:
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First one, but I am not the best with the camera, so can you tell me how to get it to a different angle?

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:01 AM

Select camera with right click(Should put it back into object mode)
Rotate camera with R then either hit X Y or Z to define what axis to rotate it on, it will default to rotating based on viewing angle.
You can move it by simply dragging your mouse in a small straight line while holding down left click while you have the camera selected.(Making a circle while dragging left click will cause the object to rotate, moving the mouse back and forth will cause you to scale the object, but rescaling the camera won't change any rendering unless you have an odd center point.)

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:03 AM

Oh okay. i was opening a new image instead of replacing it  :roll:
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:39 AM

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"You! I'll make you bleed!"
muuuch better
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:59 AM

Darrok7 said:

Oh okay. i was opening a new image instead of replacing it  :roll:
Thanks
You don't have to replace, just make sure you select the entire mesh (press a until all vertices are yellow) in editmode before you load the new image.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 02:06 AM

Awesome, I was already wondering how you made that, that's amazing, I'll be sure to look at it when less tired.
I probably need a better or a rather more PG skin if I wish to do that though. ^^

Offtopic: I've been wondering for a while, but where is that Av from, OP?
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 10:54 AM

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My fist try ^.^
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 11:51 AM

I do not know what I did, but I think it looks cool:

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:00 PM

Tested it out with Harry Mason and James Sunderland from the Silent Hill games.
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