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Old 01-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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3ds Max Unwrap UVW

Can anyone offer any advice as to how I should go about unwrapping the below model in 3DS max
spit01a.png

I have set up the seams something like this
Spit02a.png

But when I try pelt map and then relax it completely screws up
pelt01.png

Is there another method I should be using? I've tried flatten mapping but I just end up with lot of separated segments.

Can anybody offer any advice as to what I might be doing wrong?

James
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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I'd advise against pelt mapping. Start with a cylindrical mapping for the hull. Flatten mapping is OK, just don't flatten everything in one go. You may stitch separated segments in the unwrap editor.
 
Old 01-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply, I did try cylindrical mapping but the UVs seemed very stretched, is there anything I should be doing after I've applied a cylindrical map to it.

When I try and flatten just one side of the body, there are many, many small separated pieces, which would take a while to restitch, is it normal practice to try restitch all these little pieces?
 
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Thank you for your reply, I did try cylindrical mapping but the UVs seemed very stretched, is there anything I should be doing after I've applied a cylindrical map to it.
Of course there is. You'll need to adjust the uv layout in order to remove distortions.
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When I try and flatten just one side of the body, there are many, many small separated pieces, which would take a while to restitch, is it normal practice to try restitch all these little pieces?
Don't just flatten the whole side, I'd even use smaller parts, for instance segments of the hull, the rudder would be one or more two pieces.
After all, there's no magic one button one click solution, even if videos about pelt mapping suggest this.

Best tutorial I know about unwrapping is this. A bit old, but still very valid.
http://waylon-art.com/uvw_tutorial/uvwtut_01.html


Think of unwrapping like it is wrapping a piece of paper(2D object) around an orange(3d object). Only the other way around.
 
Old 01-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #5
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Thank you, I will have a read through the tutorial and try flatten mapping once again. Hopefully i'll get the hang of it soon

James
 
Old 01-27-2013, 04:40 PM   #6
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How would I successfully stitch these 2 pieces?

Stitch01.png

If i try selecting the relevant edges and then choosing 'stitch selected' the 2 parts seem to overlap and cross over each other

stitch02.png

Am I doing this wrong? This seems to happen when I try and stitch all the separate parts together
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:56 AM   #7
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If stitch doesn't work, use 'break' and 'weld'
Cut the circled parts (use the break command in the quad menu), move them into the place where they belong and weld them.
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