Synopses & Reviews
A perfect and direct starting point for a beginner game texture artist! "The Dark Side of Game Texturing" is also an excellent reference for intermediate artists, or for those who want to further their digital art skills. Learn how to create game textures similar to the eerie, sinister, and ominous textures seen in great video games like Quake, Unreal, Half-Life, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. "The Dark Side Of Game Texturing" features a plethora of dynamic, full color, step-by-step texturing tutorials that reflect the nature of those games and more including military, fantasy, medieval, and sci-fi. You'll learn how to create decals like bullet holes, blast marks, signs, and more. Sprites such as lightning, fires, and explosions are also covered. Focusing on a topic rarely covered in other 3D graphics books, this is an ultimate hands-on guide to creating totally cool game textures that directly reflect the nature of many recently released video games.
Charred ruins, bullet holes, rusted metal - if you're a fan of 3D first-person-shooter games, then you're familiar with those amazing, ominous textures that draw you into your character's surroundings. Get ready to analyze - and re-create - the textures and graphics used in these games. All you need is a decent PC, Photoshop, and a digital camera. Once you learn how to create the textures within this book, you can create any texture for any game. Not a born artist? That's okay. You'll learn how to let Photoshop do most of the work. Begin with texturing basics, including pixel sizes, color modes, and alpha channels. Then jump right into hearty texture tutorials as you create everything from sci-fi backgrounds and molten lava to medieval castle walls and dragon skin. If you're ready to travel to the grim back alleys of your imagination, then you're ready for "The Dark Side of Game Texturing".
About the Author
David Franson has been a professional in the field of networking, programming, and 2D and 3D computer graphics since 1990. In 2000, he resigned his position as Information Technology Director of one of the largest entertainment law firms in New York City to pursue a full-time career in game development. He is the author of 2D Artwork and 3D Modeling for Game Artists, The Dark Side of Game Texturing, as well as the full-page article How Video Games are Made which appeared in 45 newspapers worldwide. He is also the technical editor for over a dozen popular video game programming books and has also produced digital artwork for 3D video games, film, and television.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Texturing Basics 2. Nasty Decals 3. Sprites 4. Military Textures 5. Slums 6. Medieval/Fantasy Textures 7. Planetary Textures 8. Sci-Fi Textures Appendices A: A 2D Graphics Primer B: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts C: Related Web Sites and Links