dvGarage’s Surface Toolkit now has a companion piece: a two-disc collection of 82 color images specifically designed to add the final touches of reality to both 2D and 3D projects.
dvGarage is a QuickTime-only site dedicated to “building the next generation of visual media artists. The Color Toolkit complements the original Surface Toolkit by allowing designers and artists to take their work to the next level, according to the Garage’s Alex Lindsay, who created it.
The Surface Toolkit uses dvGarage’s proprietary technique to extract “the Surface of reality” from common images, he said. This process provides the needed detail to create the intricate real-world wear and tear that are very difficult to reproduce effectively in computer graphics, Lindsay explained.
“It’s not just another collection of texture maps,” he said. “It’s a surfacing philosophy. Whether you’re a Photoshop user or 3D artist. It completely changes the way you approach every project.”
Both the Surface Toolkit and its Color Companion reduce the time required to create photo-real work without the need for complex shaders or well-developed illustration skills, Lindsay said. Already used in high-end production houses for over three years, these collections of images have been utilized in a host of large film and TV projects.
You can buy the Color Companion Edition of the Surface Toolkit for US$99 or the Surface Toolkit and Color Companion Edition bundle for an introductory price of $199
Meanwhile, dvGarage and its new partner, CG Channel (a Web-based publication for the 3D animation, Visual effects and computer graphics industry) will be presenting a series of educational evenings covering visual media production. The weekly series is intended to educate in various aspects of visual media production.
The first is slated for Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., at the San Francisco State University Oakland Multimedia Center. Speakers include Lindsay (a former member of Industrial Light and Magic’s Rebel Unit); Leonard Teo, editor-in-chief of CG Channel; and John Foster and Tim Dobbert of Realviz. Topics will include the first in a three-part series on lighting and rendering; image based modeling; particles techniques in After Effects; and photo-real modeling and rendering for Web graphics. Future sessions will include blue screen tutorials, compositing techniques, dynamics and High Definition TV technologies. More info and a
registration form can be found online.
Finally, dvGarage is resuming its “Attention to Detail”
tutorial series to “train and hone the eyes of visual artists.” And, in response to inquiries, dvGarage has made the first collection of Attention to Detail Observations
available on CD-ROM. This disc contains 65 Attention to Detail Observation movies, all catalogued and searchable by title, description and keywords. The corresponding high-resolution images for each tutorial are also included.