Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cosmic Blobs Tutorials - Point Pull, Poke, Flatten & Pinch

Note: Relax your eyes and focus on the center of the image, if you are among those that can see a Crossed-Eye Stereogram, you should soon see fully 3D objects in the center of the image.

Making these tutorials has been a real joy. The tools that the Cosmic Blobs developers have given us are a pleasure to use. The tutorials being posted with this entry complete the Modeling Mode Toolset. These are the most basic tools that we use to manipulate our models.

Point Pull Tool

The Point Pull Tool is probably the most used tool in Cosmic Blobs. As with other so-called 'pull' tools, this one can both pull surface of a blob out or push the surface inward. It relies on a single 'Influence Slider' to adjust the behavior of the tool.

Play Tutorial #15 - The Cosmic Blobs Point Pull Tool

Poke Tool

The Poke Tool is another tool that gets lot of use when building 3D models in Cosmic Blobs. With this tool, you can 'Poke' OUT or IN. Animal ears, eye sockets and noses are among the many great uses for the Poke Tool. Two sliders are used with this tool. One slider determines the depth of the poke and the second the width of its influence.

Play Tutorial #16 - The Cosmic Blobs Poke Tool

Flatten Tool

The Flatten Tool may not be used as much as the two previous tools; but, it is no less important. With this tool you can feather edges or smooth the point on a cone. You can also use it to do exactly what it's name implies...flattening objects. This tool relies on a single influence slider to control its effects.

Play Tutorial #17 - The Cosmic Blobs Flatten Tool

Pinch Tool

It won't be long before this tool will become one of your favorites. It's extremely versatile and can be used effecively with every one of the basic blobs. It actually should be called the Pinch or Bulge tool becuase it does both. While the tool itself is locked to either a vertical or horizontal action, you can turn your blob to affect it at any angle. It's a favorite around here with the Torus tool and nothing is faster at creating a four legged creature to quickly show someone how Cosmic Blobs' animation mode works. This one is just pure fun!

Play Tutorial #18 - The Cosmic Blobs Pinch Tool

The tutorials finish the Cosmic Blobs Modeling Mode. But, there are two other modes in Cosmic Blob and we'll move on to creating some tutorials to show you these great tools, too!

Now that you have seen ow Cosmic Blobs works in the Modeling Mode, is there any wonder why we're Blob Fans???

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