SDS Tutorials for newbies

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SDS Tutorials for newbies // TS6 and Older

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Post by Ashvin // Oct 12, 2006, 7:23pm

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I currently have ts5.2, and been looking for beginners SDS tutorials on the web, any good sites you can recommend? I'm actually having quite a hard time learning SDS, I can't seem to really get a grasp on it. I always end up with objects that get 'rounded' too much.


Post by SteveBe // Oct 12, 2006, 8:27pm

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Hi Ashvin,

Check out the forums as well.

Post by Leif // Oct 19, 2006, 2:07am

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There is a course you can buy from Caligari here;

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Post by chrisj // Oct 19, 2006, 5:22am

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I'd recommend doing a general search for tutorials, it's the way I taught myself. SDS is pretty similar in other software packages. A realy good tutorial is by Andy Kay, who used to use truespace, on the making of a mini cooper. It may still be online.

The key aspect to SDS is to try to use quads (four sided polys) as much as possible. If you need to sharpen edges, just add lines between or move your lines closer together. remember, the edges and points on a ploy are control points, just like you have drawing bezier curves in 2D. The fewer points you use, the smoother the surfaces will be, so it's always worth checking, from time to time, if you can get rid of rows of polys to tidy up your model.

Hope that helps a little.

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