This is a list of Resources and References that I originally created for the forums at Map-Center.com. I'm duplicating it here because I no longer directly maintain the list on that site, but still like keeping it current.|
This list focuses on tools, techniques and resources for texture making, mainly (but not entirely) as they deal with world textures for games (like Quake 3 Arena). There are ever so many sites these days that deal with skinning and modeling, but few that give direct service to the map texture creator.
If you have a link to a resource site, a new tool, set of filters or brushes for Paintshop Pro or Adobe Photoshop, send me an email with the link and perhaps a brief statement of why you think it should be inlcuded. I'll review them and add them to the list where appropriate. Also, if you discover a dead link, let me know so I can remove it or retarget it.
Paul Jaquays. March 14, 2003
LAST UPDATED: June 21, 2005
Texture Making Tools
- The Gimp: Photoshop-like software, there's a Windows Version.
- Pakmover: A Pak file managing utility.
- Q3ASE: The Q3A shader Editor. For making SFX happen on your skins.
- Texsynth: From Bert Peers, the guy who gave you Q3ASE, a utility that manipulates any texture into a tiling texture. Results will vary from texture to texture.
- Code Genie: A free-ware text editor (for writing shaders)
- Camoflage Creator Plug-in: Has Authentic WW2 patterns.
- Wilbur: Wilbur is a tool for manipulating or painting terrain-style height maps. It imports and exports a variety of graphics formats.
- Project Dogwaffle: Freeware painting tool. Unusual. Best used as an "additional" tool for painting, not your only tool.
Shader Making Tutorials
Texture Painting Tutorials
General Painting Tutorials
- Harlequin's qbranch: Harlequin shows how to set up a skin layout, create several texture effects, has one of the best shader tutorials, and has an avi of his work in action on painting a head model.
- Phong: A handful of slickly presented Photoshop lessons. Many applicable to texture making. Strong focus on "procedural" use of tools to get effects.
- Jezebel's Painting Tutorials: Walkthroughs on how she created some of the effects in her digital paintings. Some good pointers for painting parts of faces and some organic materials like fur and feathers.
- Gurus Network: Photoshop tutorials. Some of the more complicated stuff looks good ...
- Adobe Photoshop- digital hair: Nuts and bolts tutorial on creating hair on photographs, including creating custom brushes.
- sijun.com: Artist Dhabih Eng's website.
- 3dcafe: "Clearinghouse" listing of tutorials on other sites. Select "Tutorials" on this page, then "Photoshop" on the next.
- Pinoy: Paint Shop Pro Tutorials ... many "procedural" type material creation tutes.
- Power of the High Pass Filter: A Gamasutra article about using the high pass filter to even out light values in tiling textures sampled from photographs.
Normal and Bump Map Painting Tutorials
Useful Links & Resources, & Reference
These are reference sources for use in creating textures and surfaces, not textures to be used in maps or redistributed unless otherwise noted by the site.
- Photo Vault: This is a stock photo service. The images aren't for reuse, but they are a good source of ideas for models and textures.
- Texture Bin 342: Reference source textures. Impressive work. Check out the guy's work.
- Slack Studios/Animax: Some great FREE source photos with a variety of ways of getting them (dl'ing from there site, ordering a CD, straight to buying a hard-drive with the high-res images pre-loaded). Large images. Slow downloading. Loads of fantastic architectural surface references.
- Corbis: A commercial stock photo reference site.
- Photo-essentials: Reference photos ... watermarked, so not really useful as sampling sources. Site currently not active.
- Graphic Resources at Foto Search: Watermarked reference photos. Good for image reference, but expensive to own.
- Jeremy Engleman's public textures: Some more resources free for the useage. Click on "PHOTOGRAPHY". Scroll down until you see listing for Public Textures.
- Stormvision textures: a variety of textures, including fabric, stones, tile and others.
Quake 2 Resources
- Quake 2 Painting Tutorials: Several pages by Carl "Melkior" Kidwell that demonstrate painting techniques for a paletized game like Quake 2.