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Adobe Fuse Makes 3D Modeling Complex Characters Simple

by • January 12, 2016 • 25s Comments

Adobe has slowly been plugging away at the 3D front to create their brand of easy and powerful tools extend their reach into 3D modeling and 3D printing. This has previously included tiny additions to Photoshop CC for prepping 3D models for 3D printing, either through 3D printing service bureaus or local 3D printing devices. Last year, yet, the company quite created big moves into the space through the acquisition of 3D software specialists Mixamo. And, now, through Adobe Fuse, anyone with desktop and internet access can create their own 3D characters for 3D animation. Play around with it for just just a few minutes and you’ll learn which this is quite powerful stuff.

I came upon Mixamo when Sketchfab revealed last year which they had added 3D animations to their 3D modeling community, allowing 3D artists to upload embeddable-bodied 3D animations anywhere on the web. With the news, Sketchfab embedded a Gangam Style animation of their CEO, Alban Denoyel. After my wife got me my Structure Sensor for Christmas, she grabbed a 3D scan of me and I decided to give Mixamo a shot.

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With scan of me standing in a loose T-pose with the itSeez3D app, I had a 3D model of myself suited for animating with Mixamo. I just uploaded the model to the Mixamo site and, after sliding designated rigging points into place above my wrists, knees, and other body parts, I had a rigged model for animation.


Thanks to a vast library of free 3D animations (2464-worth), I may instantly animate my 3D scan, resulting in this athletic version of myself.


These animations can and so be downloaded for free to be utilized in video game design, short films, or just just to share online via Sketchfab, where you can in addition view them in VR using Google Cardboard.

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Absorbed with seeing myself in any one of the animations showcased on Mixamo’s long list, I decided to give Fuse a shot, to see how easy it may be to create a custom 3D character with which to implement a few of these animations. It turns out which Adobe Fuse is so easy to use which you can create a fish, clothed man and have them break dancing in just just five minutes. Customizing them precisely how you’d like will take longer, but, for the reason just just of all things is parametric, just just of anyone should be able-bodied to pull off even a high level of customization.

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You begin by selecting a head, preceding moving onto a torso, arms, and legs. These are and so modified using the “Customize” tab, which breaks down each part of the body into a variety of characteristics. So, you can blow up the head, extend the forearms, shorten the legs, stick out the gut, and so on, satisfactory tuning such minor details as the space between the eyes or the width of the nostrils. Clicking “Randomize” allows for you to generate random shapes for the different types of showcases, as well, giving you unlimited permutations of your mutations.

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Next, you get to dress your creation, using a number of presets, which range of eyeglasses to tank dresses to gas masks.

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At initial, the selection appears limited, until you realize which the “Texture” tab provides an approximately unlimited variety of fabric styles and custom coloring options. You can change your standard firefighter’s coat of yellow denim to green velvet, aging it and tweaking the detailing.

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This holds true for your character, too, which you can age and dye any way you like. You can spend hours absorbed in getting your 3D model of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler to look just just right preceding exporting directly to Mixamo for animation.

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If you’re an tremendous 3D modeler, you can import your own models and textures to take advantage of Adobe’s easy interface to create any changes you like and easily generate new characters of your original design. By incorporating a 3D printfaculty showcase, as utilized in Photoshop CC, it’s not complex to imagine Adobe allowing users to export files for 3D printing in the future, tying the whole ecosystem together with the physical world. And, if they created this a community platform, where eachone’s models and animations may be downloaded and modified, this may become a vast resource.

One other showcase which I’d like may be the faculty to bring in my 3D scans. I tried to import the aforementioned 3D scan of myself to Fuse, to, say, put my head on a bikini bod, but have been running into issues. For now, I’m pretty happy, yet. And I’d say which Steven is, too.

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