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  1. Method behind creating that thick outline cartoony look on a model. This tutorial will instruct you as a modeler to create cell shaded models. It does not, however cover the modeling process. Intermediate Players Modelling. This tutorial will instruct you as a moddeler to create cell shaded models. It does not, however cover the modeling process. NOTE: THIS TUTORIAL WAS MADE FOR 3DS MAX 8 / 2008….HOWEVER IT SHOULD WORK WITH ANY PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS THE SAME FUNCTIONS. POLYCOUNT WARNING! THIS TECHNIQUE WILL LIKELY BOOST YOUR POLYCOUNT THROUGH THE ROOF…SO WHILE IT CAN BE USED ON WEAPONS AS WELL…IT IS NOT ADVISED. I originally developed this tutorial for use with the Software Development Kit used to make new models for the Jedi Academy game. However this technique can still work for other game engines and STEP 1: The model Cell shading does not merely involve a shader file…in order to create the thick outline seen on cell shaded models…you will need to modify the model it’s self. I will be using my InuYasha model as an example throughout this tutorial. We will be changing him from this: Into this: Notice the black outline? … That’s what we need to make. Lets assume you already have your model segmented properly…(in case you don’t)…you can do this even if you don’t have it ready but its a lot easy this way. I’m going to take a segment of my model and only work with it to avoid confusion. (Take note that we won’t outline the eyes or eyelids…as this isn’t needed and looks rather odd)…Also you should go ahead and create a solid black texture image the same proportion as your other textures… (256 x 256 or 512 x 512 works nicely)…this will be used to color your outline…naturally you could always use a different color if you wanted to be fancy…but I don’t personally like the idea. Ok…I’ve chosen to work with the sword on his hip first…this is nothing more than the swords model…make sure you have it selected…if it helps hide everything but the part your working with as I did here….(right-click - hide unselected in max)….once its selected…do the following: Go to EDIT > Clone Or just select it and hit Ctrl + V DO NOT MOVE THE CLONE FROM IT’S LOCATION OR DO ANYTHING TO IT YET! Now you shouldn’t see much of a difference…make sure the clone is selected….go ahead and rename it “_outline” based on what part of the model it is… for example: “hips_sword_outline” later when linking the model be sure to link it to the part it’s an outline of….in this case “hips_sword” Now that you have selected the clone…you need to add a normals modifier on it.. Make sure that the flip normals box is checked… Go ahead and apply the outline texture to the outline model…even if you haven’t textured anything else…it makes it easier to see how thick we are making the outline later… Now…we add a push modifier to the outline as well… Set the push value for about -0.14 or -0.15 should give a decent outline…feel free to experiment…however it needs to be a negative value for the line to stick out…It should look somewhat like this now…. And that’s it for the model…when you weight it…you can just copy and paste the finished weights from the object…to its outline. STEP 2: SKINNING Ok this will be short, sweet, and to the point…cell shaded models do not need to have a ton of detail…not to say you cant put detail…but try to stay simple…not MS Paint simple mind you. The shadows you see on my model…are part of the texture…to do this...simply take the color you used…darken it…and skin part of the area with it based on how you think shadows would cast on it… See I said it would be simple. STEP 3: .SKIN FILES (these only apply when using the tutorial to work for Jedi Academy's Engine, for max search "For MAX") Now here comes the not so fun part…as with every other part of your model the outlines must be setup within your .skin file…not so hard…just time consuming…..to put it simple….you should end up with something along these lines…(I highlighted all the rows for the outlines). STEP 4: SHADERS Ok…now this is the final step…you have to create a shader file…first you will want a shade image…I used something like this on InuYasha… Now open ShaderEd2…. In it…add all your texture files.... Now…you will need to repeat the following process on all your textures… Select the texture.. And open its shader by double clicking on it…. 1.Create a new stage 2.select the texture file for the object 3.set Depth Func to “lequal” 4.set RGB Gen to “identity” The Error Check will likely flash throughout this just ignore it…as it will stop once you have done all four steps… Now for part 2. Again the Error check will freak out and start flashing…but once you have done the steps it will stop. 1.Create a 2nd stage 2. select the shade texture 3.set Src Blend to GL_DST_COLOR and Dst Blend to GL_ZERO 4.set Depth Func to lequal 5. set TC Gen to environment For MAX if you want to see in 3ds max they way the shader effects it....when your making a material set the diffuse map as a falloff...and the self illumination to 100...then in the falloff menu...make the white texture your texture file....dont do this on the outline though. just select bitmap..and then your texture.
  2. That is the player character limit. Weapons are much lower.
  3. It doesn't help that most of the EPVII models you've been sharing lately have been ripped from the pinball game.
  4. The porting requests should really stop as a whole anyway. While the admins here may have decided to allow it on a tentative basis, you're not going to find many people here that know HOW to do it, actually be WILLING to do it, as regardless it is in violation of the EULA, likely for both JK/A and the source games.
  5. "best the game can handle" is vague. As I said, there is a defined limit, but you don't want to be close to that. You have to account for the fact that whatever you're making will be rendered along dozens of other meshes in the game. Can you imagine the performance issues if you were trying to run a server full of nothing but ~max poly'd characters and weapons?
  6. Someone clearly doesn't understand the engine limitations, nor the real nitty-gritty bits of modeling. This old engine will shit the bed if models are not kept to certain restrictions. More so, the one reason to maintain a low-res/high-detail balance is that while 1 model being rendered in game at the maximum detail may be fine, for every additional instance of that model or a similarly high-detail one, the game engine is going to lag and drop frames like a military cadet with leprosy.
  7. Kylo will be as 1:1 as possible, but revan will be a more hybrid of the KotOR and SWTOR versions, as that is where is face will be referenced from. I also feel the smaller build of revan in SWTOR may fit the skeleton better. We shall see. I'm looking at giving Revan some variants to choose from.
  8. @@Inyri is fine, I keep in touch with her, albeit she goes by something else now. She just has a lot of life stuff going on. I don't think she intends to return to modding however. And yes, both will be made. Eventually.
  9. Probably close, but I don't think I'd compare myself to @@Psyk0Sith, he's been at this longer than me if I recall correctly. Per her own words, I'm much closer to @@Inyri's level. I'm only even remotely "known" in the community for making a bunch of cool stuff I teased and then lost/never released.
  10. While the version I am making will be higher-poly than the vanilla models of the games, don't expect it to be all that high-poly, this is still an old engine we're talking about here. I'll be baking most of the fine details into the textures.
  11. I'll be starting this week everyone. Wanted to give the poll time to circulate.
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