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3D texture mapping Tutorial by haxxy 3D texture mapping Tutorial by haxxy
This is my first tutorial so don't expect much.

The texture map I used in this tutorial belongs to ~Thunorrad and can be found here: [link]

I hope this is clear enough. If you don't understand something, don't hesitate to ask.


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Edit: Explained a little the cylindrical projection concept to understand better the purpose of this tut, and to make things more clear.

Here are some sites with some cylindrical projection textures that you can practice on:

[link] <- Good high res textures of planets and cloud maps (uncheck DXT Support)
[link] <- Some good textures of all planets, cloud maps, city lights map, bump maps
[link] <- Very high res textures provided for Celestia, a freeware space simulator.

PS: There's a free photoshop plugin that helps creating cylindrical projections from your textures: [link]
It's called 'Spherical Mapping Corrector'
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Edit 12.06.2009: This can be easily done now only with the 3D functions of the new Photoshop CS4 Extended.
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:iconimmortal-d3d:
Immortal-d3d Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
quite an amazing tutorial simple, but very informative
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haxxy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Enjoy
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:iconimmortal-d3d:
Immortal-d3d Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
your weclome, and i will
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Flareon-Jupiter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
I just ordered Illustrator CS3 -- and already that is one of the features I'll be trying first...

Thanks for posting the links to textures!
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome..
Enjoy playing with illustrator :)
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MadCatMk254 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
And oh, first link doesn't work? =/
[link]
(Just hide this comment when you're done =P)
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe it was down at the moment.. It works fine for me now.
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:iconmadcatmk254:
MadCatMk254 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Great tutorial!

*Installs Illustrator*
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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Joni-0 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Wow, this is fun tutorial :))
Tried, and its easy. Much funnier to make it yourself that way than use photoshop spherize
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thaks for the comment
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Spuukz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Thx for the tutorial, i´ll check it out.
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me know if you do :)
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Arvenia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
I love that effect! :D
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah.. great and easy to do
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Lilinho Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutotorial! Earth is first thing what I made in AI :P
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it was helpful.
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2d4u Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! There are so little Illustrator Tutorials here!
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:iconhaxxy:
haxxy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very good to start your stuff in illustrator and put it together in photoshop. People don't know the power of illustrator.
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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thats pretty slick...seems to be a bit easier in photoshop just doing a sphrerize a selection. But I will for sure give this a whirl and see if this better. :D
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haxxy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is good because you can rotate the sphere in 3D, preview it on every direction you want and then choose the position you like.
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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ooooohh cool...I am really not familiar with that tool in illustrator...that is awesome...I am going to try it out today though thats pretty neat. :D
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