Resources for 3D modelling

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Overview

This is a collection of links to resources that are very helpful when it comes to modding Oblivion.

2D graphics manipulation

GIMP

GIMP is free image editing software.

Beginner tutorials

GIMP tutorials geared towards people who are just starting to learn texturing.

Oblivion-specific tutorials

GIMP tutorials that have a specific goal focused on Oblivion.

Contains guides on normal mapping, creating icons, and semi-transparent textures and much much more.

Non-Oblivion-specific tutorials

GIMP tutorials that are not specific to Oblivion.

Adobe Photoshop tutorials

Adobe Photoshop is an expensive but industry standard image editing software.

Beginner tutorials

Adobe Photoshop tutorials geared towards people who are just starting to learn texturing.

Oblivion-specific tutorials

Adobe Photoshop tutorials that have a specific goal focused on Oblivion.

Contains guides on normal mapping, creating icons, and semi-transparent textures and much much more.

Non-Oblivion-specific tutorials

Adobe Photoshop tutorials that are not specific to Oblivion.

Textures resources

3D modeling

3DLinks.com - Massive list of tutorial links to most 3D programs and 2D textures.

3D modeling tutorials

Tutorials about 3D modeling that are not intentionally specific to a particular tool.

Blender 3D tutorials

Beginner tutorials

Blender 3D tutorials geared towards people who are just starting to learn 3D modeling.

Oblivion-specific tutorials

Blender 3D tutorials that have a specific goal focused on Oblivion.

Non-Oblivion-specific tutorials

Blender 3D tutorials that are not specific to Oblivion.

3D Studio Max tutorials

Beginner tutorials

3D Studio Max tutorials geared towards people who are just starting to learn 3D modeling.

Oblivion-specific tutorials

3D Studio Max tutorials that have a specific goal focused on Oblivion.


Non-Oblivion-specific tutorials

3D Studio Max tutorials that are not specific to Oblivion.

Example models

NifSkope tutorials

Construction set tutorials

Miscellaneous

Tools

Name: 3D Studio Max
Version: 2011
Date: 3/7/2010
Cost: $3,500
Requirements: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Source: www.autodesk.com/3dsmax/
Description:
3D Modeling software. From what I hear, it's the bomb-digadie but the learning curve is high due to the complexity. I'll never know cause I'll probably never afford the pricetag.
Name: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Version: 12.0
Date: 4/12/2010
Cost: $700
Source: www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/
Associated file extensions: .psd
Description:
Professional image-editing software.
Name: Blender
Version: 2.49b
Date: 9/3/2009
Cost: Free (Open Source)
Compatibility: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OSX, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Irix
Source: www.blender.org, TESNexus File Mirror
Description:
3D Modeling software. Create models, UV maps, rigging/skinning and animations for Oblivion with the aid of Blender NIF Scripts and PyFFI.
Name: Bodypaint 3D
Version: 12
Date: 9/1/2010
Cost: $1,000
Source: www.maxon.net
Description:
Paint textures directly on 3D images.
Name: DDS Converter
Version: 2.1
Date: 8/13/2004
Cost: Free
Source: http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=8698
Description:
A program to allow you to easily convert to and from DDS easily.
The program supports DDS, TGA, JPG, BMP, PNG and PSD image formats (you can import and export to any of those formats).
Name: GIMP
Version: 2.6.10
Date: 7/8/2010
Cost: Free (Open Source)
Source: www.gimp.org
Associated file extensions: .gimp?
Description:
Image-editing software.
Name: NifSkope
Version: 1.0.22
Date: 3/18/2010
Cost: Free (Open Source)
Source: NifTools
Description:
NIFSkope is a graphical program that allows you to open NIF files, view their contents, edit them, and write them back out again.
Name: NIBlE
Version: 0.5 Build 20071220
Date: 12/20/2007
Cost: Freeware
Source: Nible Wiki
Description:
NIBLE is a graphical interface for NIF-File manipulation, including a Morrowind <--> Oblivion conversion function.
Name: Paint Shop Pro
Version: 13.0 (X3)
Date: 1/25/2010
Cost: $60
Source: www.paintshoppro.com
Associated file extensions: .psp, .pspimage
Description:
Professional image-editing software. Similar functions to Photoshop.
NOTE: NVidia Photoshop plugins did not seem to work in version 9.0. NVidia plugins have been confirmed to work with version 7.0.
Name: Autodesk SoftImage Mod Tool
Version: 2011
Date: 4/1/2010
Cost: Free
Source: AutoDesk Softimage Mod Tool
Description:
Mod Tool is a 3D modeling and animation package, for non-commercial use, that plugs right into Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express and Valve Half- Life 2.
Name: ZBrush
Version: 4.0
Date: 8/9/2010
Cost: $600
Source: www.pixologic.com
Description:
Paint textures directly on 3D images.

Reference

LHammonds Oblivion Mods Site
CS Wiki
List O Tutorial Links