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ABOUT THIS VIDEO

Polygon edges usually appear sharp or creased. To get around this we can use smooth shading. This tutorial explores smooth shading and shows how vertex normals affect the gradient of a polygons face. We also look at how to quickly smooth shade objects with a wide variety of angles by setting angle tolerances.

Running Time: 3 mins 58 sec

REQUIRED CONCEPTS

Knowledge of these concepts is required: Polygons , Multisided Polygons

PRESENTER
Andrew Silke is an award winning filmaker and has worked on projects such as Scooby Doo, Happy Feet and Avatar

CONCEPT IN A SOFTWARE PROGRAM
XSI (coming)
Maya (coming)
GLOSSARY
Smooth Shading: shading that gets rid of creases in between Polygons. Can be also called
- Gouraud shading (actually pronounced french "goo-roh")
- Smooth Groups (3ds Max, Blender)
- Phong Shading

Smooth Edge: And edge that's been smoothed so it isn't creased.
Other names
- Soft Edge
- Gouraud shaded

Creased Edge: An edge that doesn't have smooth shading. Can also be called
- Hard Edge
- Faceted Edge
- Flat Shaded

Vertex Normal: A normal (or direction in space) that comes out of a vertex. Depending on its angle it can change the gradient over a polygon, this direction is relative to the light that comes from that angle.

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2010solar | 122.245.115.xxx | 2011-01-05 16
The main th...
JAGG - AMAZING | 161.196.12.xxx | 2009-05-13 18
THIS VIDEO IS EXCELLENT. THX GUYS !!!! :)
SuperTamal - Greeeeat | 189.154.10.xxx | 2009-04-10 19
i told you guys im a 3d user since 7 by self learning and i dont know about
smooth shading :D:D:D:D its all clear thanks a lot...!!!!
kd - it stopped | 86.17.35.xxx | 2009-04-07 21
The video stops at 3.17????
Cool tutorials BTW.
Liking the style
Zed | 81.156.218.xxx | 2009-03-21 22
Awesome thanks these are very helpful.
fazal1 - thanks | 96.56.112.xxx | 2008-11-25 07
as simple as it can be no teacher can teach you this simple and
nicely.i give (A) to this lesson.thanks great video.
andrewsilke | SAdministrator | 2008-11-10 03
cheers DDd, you're right, I will fix this in the next hour or so
DDd | 213.63.151.xxx | 2008-11-07 21
The link on Vimeo appears to be displaying the wrong movie.
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