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Free Tutorial: Paint Effects in Maya

If you want to create a seamless finish for your CG scenes, this is the video tutorial for you. This month, I've created a tutorial that explores how paint effects can be used to embed models into backplate environments simply and easily.

What's in this Tutorial?
First off, we'll take a look at paint effects and will explain how you can paint onto geometry. In order to do this, you’ll need to understand the importance of an object's UV which we will discuss as well. You'll then learn how to access a host of preset paint effect brushes that you can find in Maya.

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Wed 3 Aug 2011: 10:20am

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Free Maya Tutorial - Creating Realistic Materials

If you want to replicate the complexity of real world objects, you need to create materials that mimic them and this month's free tutorial will show you exactly how to do that. A car body is made up of lots of materials or layers, like metal and paint. If you want to create a rusty car you'll need more materials to create the common signs of deterioration. Many Maya users will be familiar with the 'layered shader' and 'layered texture' nodes. This tutorial asks what happens if you are using the MIA material and rendering in Mental Ray.

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Mon 11 Jul 2011: 2:28pm

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Would You Pay For Your Own Training to Get Ahead?

Would You Pay For Your Own Training to Get Ahead?

Would you pay for your own training to get ahead of the competition and secure a better job? Well that’s one of the hot topics in our new Creative Futures Report which launches today.

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Thu 30 Jun 2011: 10:25am

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Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

If you're reading this blog, then chances are you're like most of us here at Escape Studios and love blowing things up and putting them back together again. So this month's free tutorial should be right up your street because we're going to teach you how to demolish a brick wall using nCloth.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:19am

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Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

A few weeks back I took my class to the Natural History Museum so that we could generate some new footage which they could camera track with. It was lots of fun as they not only got to film live-action footage, they knew exactly what they would have to work with when getting back to the classroom. For me, keeping things fresh is important - and so filming new footage for the students to work with is a must. As you can see from the video, we're all pretty excited to be out of the classroom!

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:11am

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Free Tutorial: Effects in V-Ray for Max

For those of you who want to learn V-Ray for Max, you’re in for a real treat this month. We’ve released a tutorial from our new V-Ray course which will be launched over the coming weeks. The tutorial has been taken directly from one of the major case studies within the course and this video is designed to demonstrates the power of V-Ray.

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Thu 12 May 2011: 2:02pm

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New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

This month, I am tackling some pretty technical issues that affect CG artists on a daily basis. I am going to walk you though the often over-looked issue of Gimbal, using a whole bunch of examples to explain what it is, what causes it and the issues it can have over our animations.

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Thu 7 Apr 2011: 2:13pm

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Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

This month’s free tutorial is aimed at the experienced Maya user.  It has been designed by Mark Spevick, our VFX tutor, to help you master some of the advanced tools which can sometimes be complex and take a while to get to grips with. 

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 11:23am

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Free Tutorial Learn to control occlusion

Free Tutorial Learn to control occlusion

This months free tutorial has been specifically created by our tutors to help you learn to control occlusion. It's not taken from any of our online courses so it truly is a unique tutorial. You'll start off by looking in depth at the mib_amb_occlusion texture node and how careful use of 2 attributes will ensure that you obtain the perfect ambient occlusion pass.

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Wed 9 Feb 2011: 4:39pm

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Escape Studios on Tour!

Escape Studios is hitting the road this year undertaking a program of talks, presentations and master classes throughout the UK universities and colleges.

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Mon 31 Jan 2011: 12:29pm

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Mentored Training Webinar, 9th February

We know just how popular our webinars are on all things CG, well the next in line is all about our Mentored Training and includes a preview of our exciting e-Learning platform.

For those who can’t give up work for 12 weeks or come to our offices in London or Los Angeles, Mentored Training is just the ticket. You can study our VFX or Compositing online and still get expert mentoring and feedback from our tutors and share your creations with classmates on Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo (that’s thanks to our clever e-learning technology!).

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Fri 28 Jan 2011: 9:26am

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Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

You can really impress future employers by taking advantage of our two expert tutorials this month. Taken from our Character Animation Foundation and ZBrush for 3D Artist courses, they are designed to give you pro-skills in very specialised areas.

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Wed 12 Jan 2011: 5:37pm

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New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year when everybody makes a multitude of New Year's resolutions. I am of the opinion that they are not worth doing unless you are going to stick to them. Having said that, we have actually decided to start the year with a resolution. It’s a fairly simple one: we are resolute in our wish to give you more of the free tutorials that you want. There you are, I told you it would be an easy one.

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Fri 7 Jan 2011: 4:43pm

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TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

Lighting and Shading are an integral part of the VFX pipeline and if you want to take your skills to a professional level these tutorials are the best place to start learning. What’s great about these tutorials is that they tackle pretty complicated subjects head-on and they are practical so, although you’ll understand the theory, you’ll also learn how to practically apply this knowledge. The best part is that these tutorials will sit in our resource centre permanently, so you can access them whenever you want and learn whenever it suits you.

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Wed 15 Dec 2010: 2:58pm

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Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

There's nothing better than gaining extra skills - especially when you can do it for free. This month's free tutorials have been taken from our Camera Tracking and Nuke courses and are great for boosting your skills if you're looking to become professional.  The great thing is, they're just 10 minutes long so you can easily work through them in your lunch hour, but like last month's six free Maya Tutorials they're staying in our e-learning platform permanently so you can refer to them whenever you want.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 12:24pm

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iPad in education?

iPad in education?

We all love gadgets, and anything from Apple generally creates interest for good or bad. Enter the iPad. Well, it has been around for a while now, but other than playing Angry Birds, does it really have other uses?

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Wed 27 Oct 2010: 9:04am

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Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Dear friends of Escape Studios... We have decided to take part in Movember this year.... OK, let me explain...

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 10:33am

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October Free Tutorials

October Free Tutorials

I find it really annoying when I find freebies that are ‘for a limited time only’, and it’s something we’ve been guilty of with our free tutorials. We’ve had some great feedback about them, and with that in mind we've decided to revamp the way our freebies work.

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Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who entered our CG Graduate Design Awards. We were really impressed with the standard of entries and it made last week’s judging day with our friends at The Mill pretty tough.

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Thu 16 Sep 2010: 8:25am

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September's Free Tutorial - Bumping and Adding Effects

September's Free Tutorial - Bumping and Adding Effects

If you want to gain more production-level modelling skills, this is a great tutorial.  It’s taken from the final part of our Advanced Shading with Maya online course and looks at the steps needed to create a realistic render, by adding bump detail with procedural textures and making use of effects.

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