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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:22 am    Post subject: Just a link for help with Anim8or Reply with quote

Here's a place with some great Anim8or tutorials that really helped me out... I still use them too! jfade's psycho
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/w.watson3/main/beginner.html
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, simnut1. I'm afraid we'll lose Jota's tutorials at Coconut Hut when it closes.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries mtaman my tutorials are also hosted here
http://mmbenito.com.sapo.pt/
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another really cool tutorial site is
http://www.mp3d.info/Anim8ortutorials/page1.html

The tutorials are offered as movies with audio so you work along with him which is neat. He shows a lot of tools. Very cool. I have not looked at the intermediate yet. I recommend checking them all out . I almost skipped the "text" one figuring I'd not want to bother with text and then decided I might use dingbats so checked it out and it turned out to teach a very interesting technique that's not specific to text.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

notworthy I'm glad we'll still be able to get to your tutorials Jota! Thanks! hug Cuz I still go back and have to look at them too! I have the hardest time getting things to bend the way I want, for like drapes. It drives me jfade's psycho I'm not very good with the pillows either. Tried to make one today, I hated it! So see, I need to go back and reread how to make them again! (my brain is full of holes and I can't keep anything there for long wink ) Thanks for the link! hug
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your problem bending involves the bend modifier Aponee's got a tutorial using it in which she redirects the arms of come clothing so it hangs down instead of sticking out.

(tutorial) http://aponeesimz.com/zaniarmtut.html
(Tips & Techniques thread) http://aponeesimz.com/my_house/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=824

Jota's tutorials were crucial for me dabbling in 3D modeling at all. It was so new to me that the ones on the Anim8or site were a bit frightening. They are fabulous and show great things but when ALL of it's new I really need someone to take it in baby steps and totally hold my hand. My mnd becomes scattered otherwise with all of he internal fusing about what I DON'T know (darn those old deep seated insecurities, anyway! laugh )

Jota's tutorial focuses on little things so before you have the chance to feel like you'll NEVER get it ...you've already done it and ahve a vase staring back at you. It's brilliant! Then suddenly you have several in different pretty colors and then, before you know it, you can apply a ring of one texture around the neck of a vase that's made of another material and you've made your own object, custom look and all.

Armed with that newly bolstered (ha pillow puns not intended) confidence the Anim8or tutorial is not so scary. Jota's tutorials bridge the gap between surprise and question

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incidentally, I just recently simmified my very first model. It's one I made myself. I'm on my third time simmifying it though since once it was in the game I decided there were bits of it that needed changing

It's a crib and the bars on the sides were very thin - looked like matchstick blinds! Took two tries to learn that just because I think of them as "very thin bars" does not mean that I should try to get them as thin as possible in Anim8or. Once that looked right in the game it could have been packaged and uploaded but I decided to soften the bottom edge a bit by adding trim. And I declared it finished (again) I will probably want to do something about the mattress and bedding next LOL but I dunno if I'll have the courage :) I might wuss out. After all, rumbling fabrics on your 'first' model seems like jumping ahead a bit. or I may just be being wussy and will get over it after I have already simmified this version. (My true "first" model was a simple platter that I made copies of and pushed and pulled at to also make bowls and a bathtub like shape LOL.)

I mentioned needing to learn in baby steps but I also work in baby steps. I know it's impractical to keep doing sprites up for each change but the next change does not occur to me until I am looking at the thing in game. - a few multi-tiled four rotation objects will cure me of that, I'm sure!

Thanks Jota, giveflower *hug*

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks great, Raeven. thumbsup No worrying about junior getting his head stuck there. laugh The heart cutout is a nice touch too. wub
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed -- looks great so far!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Jota's tutorial focuses on little things so before you have the chance to feel like you'll NEVER get it ...you've already done it and ahve a vase staring back at you.


I sooo agree with you! Last year when I was looking into every tutorial I could find on Anim8or I got lost trying all of them but Jota's! Her's was the first one that was wrote so that I with no know-how could do each step, and I too made my 1st vase!
Without her tutorial and the help she gave me after, I still wouldn't be making items!
Hey, Jota! hug and thanks2 again for the help you have given me over the last year!

I would tell all newbeis to start there then move on to the other link. For them you have to have some-kind-of understaing of what your doing.

Your crib turn out really nice! It's sooo cute! Don't feel bad that you are changing the shape of something to make a new item. If you get what your after that's all that matters! I made things out of boxes for months, it worked and I'm not trying to sell the 3D item. I just wanted it to look good in the game.
???What's a "baby step"??? I think the 3rd thing I made was a double bed! oops That almost stop me from making anything else! censored After that I did a 2 rot chair! whistle that was easier and kept me going. I'm always jumping in with both feet! dunce You'll think I'd learn! floorlaugh
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hug Thanks for all these links i have really been meaning to try anim8tor! and i have look and though hmmm i need a wnole day to sit there! laugh i will definatly try jotas! thanks all! hug hug
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