The Birth Of A Nissan GTR

This documentary about the production of the Nissan GTR (my favourite ever car, just ahead of the Skyline GTR34) is amazingly interesting. I can’t believe it’s made in 60hours, in a factory the size of 6 football pitches and their engines are hand-made but a single engineer in 4hours. The most exciting part is the designer says he thinks the GTR is only about 80% of the potential he wants it to be so there still 20% more amazingness still to come!

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Rayman: Legends

So I finished the amazing and beautiful Rayman: Legends over the weekend, and my god the final bonus levels of that game are incredibly hard! There are 6 of the levels remixed and timed to music (so every jump and hit you do makes a sound which is amazing) but there are loads of crazy effects going on too.  Overall the game is the best looking game I’ve ever played, with only Rayman: Origins coming close to it!, and the sound track is incredible! The way the levels are designed to be timed to the music and the way certain things act as notes/trigger sounds is amazing.

I definitely recommend people to play it- it’s possibly the best platformer ever (?) and definitely one of the best looking games you will ever play!

This is the final level of the game (it’s not a spoiler really as there is no proper storyline or anything so nothing is given away). And yes this is a direct record from what happens on screen, it isn’t a 13 year old kid playing about with Premier filters trying to make a ‘remix’ music video compilation of the game:

I found this to be the hardest level and it took so many tries to complete, though it actually looks sharper and easier to play in this video than on my TV for some reason:

40 Free Sets Of Photoshop Brushes

Creative Bloq has posted up links to 40 different sets of Photoshop brushes that they say are essential for Photoshop users, and they are all free- most with a free license to use for anything as well. I haven’t got round to installing any yet but I have downloaded about 10 of the sets which I think will be really useful for texture painting. I would recommend it would be worth a look for all types of artists as there would be at least one decent set for everybody.

Check out the links here.

dDo- Seemingly Amazing Texturing Tool

I want to know what the catch is with the dDo Photoshop plug-in (aside from the price)? It seems to do an amazing amount of texturing work for you, instantly, with tons of customizable options.. How can it be so good? There has to be a catch, otherwise everybody will be using it in the very near future! I will have to check it out when I get a chance.

Check out the Quixel website for more details.

Erasmus Brosdau- 3D Art

 

If you ignore any negative connotations you may have for nude women and stereotypes and look at the actual 3D art itself Erasmus Brosdau’s work is amazing. The models, textures and shader work are spot on and this is topped off by great presentation.

Check out his page on CGHub- Destrega.

Great Hidden Masking Tools In Photoshop CS5+

(Skip to 8minutes into the video for the new tools)

I have been using Photoshop CS5 at home for a while but I have recently been upgraded to it at work and using it every day has allowed me to notice some of the new tools I hadn’t seen before. This Mask tab in Photoshop CS4+ is amazing- it allows you to make non-destructive changes to your layer masks quickly and easily. I use masks for most of my work so this has been a revelation to my workflow. Enjoy!