3D software review: Autodesk’s 123D Sculpt
Autodesk’s sculpting tool for the iPad is great for artists on the go, says Rob Redman
- Gesture control
- Sculpting and painting
- Community galleries
Spend a few minutes with 123D Sculpt and you’ll see the impact tablet computing can have on an artist’s working life.
123D Sculpt is essentially a cut-down version of Mudbox that’s been built for the iPad. On first launch you’re greeted with a simple but effective tutorial, which does a good job of getting you up and running.
The tools are straightforward and predictable, with push, pull, smooth and so on, but it’s how they work that really makes this little app shine.
Swipe, pinch or twist with your fingers off the model and you navigate the scene. Select a tool and draw directly on your model (or one of the supplied meshes) to sculpt.
The tools work well but beware of odd creases on the reverse side. Much of the time these won’t be an issue because 123D Sculpt has a useful symmetry mode.
Despite being a free app, 123D Sculpt has some great features: notably texture imprinting
One great feature of this app is the texture imprinting. You can paint with straight colour, or load an image into the view.
Line up your model underneath the image and paint the mesh where you want it, and the app transfers pixel data onto the polygons. It’s very clever and very fun.
You’ll also find a save section where you can upload to a user gallery online, or save models and renders locally.
The experience with this app is one of fun, quick sculpts, and it’s great for using on the train or doodling while watching TV. 123D Sculpt is no powerhouse, but that’s to be expected, because the best feature is that it’s free.
123D Sculpt is a great app for concepting on the move, with a usable selection of tools and an innovative method for texturing. Thoughtful design and links to community galleries are nice touches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob Redman has been in the animation and VFX industry for over a decade, and has worked with clients ranging from pop stars to governments. He is also 3D World’s very own Technical Editor
on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 3:11 pm under Applications, Reviews.
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