3ds Max biped is characterized and rigged. In the Character Controls window, the Control Rig settings are activated and include all the. SUMMARY: The following is a tutorial to explain the entire process of skinning a character mesh using a Biped rig. It assumes knowledge of animating a 3ds. character animation tutorials 3dsmax, character rigging tutorials 3dsmax, character setup tutorials 3dsmax, character design tutorials 3dsmax.

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Rigging Time to learn how to take your model and make it move! This tutorial will be geared towards learning how to rig a character like the one that I give away on my site Family of Rigs in the Downloads section http: However, the concepts herein can be applied to actual Bones used for skinning a character so that your mesh can move. These concepts, however, cannot be applied to Biped – it is already rigged. First thing you will need to do is download the working file from here.

Here we have a simple version of my Man character that is ready to be rigged Fig. At this point nothing is linked; they are just placed as they rihging be after modelling. So linking is the first step.

Before we move onto that, let’s discuss for a second what this actually means. Linking is how you tell objects 3fs their parent is. What do I mean? Think about your arm: The hand is the child of the forearm, the forearm the child of the Humerus, etc.

This is the hierarchy. So if the shoulder blade moves, what happens? Everything linked to it must move, because it is the parent of everything linked under it. However, does the shoulder blade have to move if the hand moves?

No, of course not, it is only a child.

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I also give this example because it uses the riggiing and parent terminology: If this helps, great! If 3ss, don’t worry about it. Alright, so niped will our hierarchy look like for our character here?

Well let’s start with the basics first, starting from the bottom Fig. Okay, rigginb let’s go ahead and do this for our character. In Max, riggijg the Select and Link tool Fig.

Now set your view up so that you can see everything you are about to link clearly. This is important because you don’t want to have worked hard doing this, nor do you want to link the wrong objects because of the angle you are viewing the scene.

For example, this is a terrible angle to work in while you are trying to do this linking Fig. Everything is too small in the viewport so you are going to have a hard time linking those toes to the feet. This is a lot better Fig.

I hit F4 to turn on shaded wireframe. It just makes this process even bipfd because now we will be able to see confirmation as we link. You’ll see what I mean in a second. Okay, so with our Select and Link tool active, go ahead and left-click on the left toe object, hold while moving up to the left foot, and then niped to complete the link. If the link was successful, you will see the foot blink white.


Now test it by moving the foot – the toe should come with it. If the toes do not follow the foot then you didn’t link it correctly, so try again. Remember, moving the toe will not make the foot move because the toes are the child and the foot is the parent.

After you have a successful link and you’ve tested it by moving the foot, be sure to undo so the foot moves back to where it started. So go ahead and complete the rest of the links as depicted in the hierarchy diagram above Fig. Remember, as well, to rotate your view to make this easier on you as you progress up the body. Alright, time to do the opposite side of the body.

Complete it the same way as 3xs did before, only this time on the right side of the body.

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Good, now here is the next set of links Fig. Notice that I went ahead and named the actual objects so there won’t be any confusion. Go on and do the links now, as stated above. Finally, the only thing we have to do now is link the clavicles to the top of the spine, so do that now.

Once complete, ask yourself: Who is the parent object of the entire body? Everything is linked to the hips, so test this by moving the hips – the whole body should follow if not, go back through and fix the links. Oops, the facial objects stayed behind! Go ahead and link each of bipsd to the head and now your hierarchy is complete.

Time to start on the rig! Inverse Kinematics IK This next phase will take our hierarchy and develop IK so that when we move the hand, the bioed and upper arm will move; same thing for the foot and leg. To begin, however, we are going to customise our interface so that we can perform this quickly.

This will open mzx customize window. In here, go to the Toolbars tab and then down in the action window, left-click and then type “I” to quickly navigate to that letter sequence.

Now drag this icon up to our main toolbar to place it there. I prefer to add it to our linking tools, like so Fig. It is the greyed out tool on the right. It is greyed out because we don’t have anything selected at the moment that can use IK.

Select on either of the thighs and then select our IK tool. You will see the IK tool ,ax active as soon as you select on the thigh. With the IK tool active, you will see a dashed line following your mouse, waiting for you to pick the end of the IK chain, so select on the foot under the same thigh you first selected. Once done, you will see a blue cross appear at the pivot point of the foot. Max automatically selects this object for you so go ahead and move this object up to see the result of your IK.


Don’t forget to undo to put the foot back where it started Fig. Leg IK in action! Do the same thing for the other leg now. Then do the same thing for each of the arms. This time, first select on the Upper arm, then select the IK tool, 3es then choose the Hand.

Remember to test it out when you complete it and then undo to put it back where it was Fig.

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Arm IK in action! We’ll get more into detail on some of the finer points to using and adjusting the IK in a minute. Once digging have completed this for both the legs and arms it is time to work on the spine. We are going to do the spine a little differently because it reacts differently than the arms or legs. You’ll notice that the arms and legs cannot possibly bend in an unnatural way.

The joint doesn’t allow for bend angles riggin exceed degrees this would be the same as completely breaking your armbut obviously our spine has a lot more of a range of motion than this!

So we need a new solution. Spline IK This is exactly what it sounds like: Let’s take a look. Switch msx your left view. Now go to the Create panel, pick on Shapes and Line. What we are going to do is draw a line that will represent our spine. Before you start we need to make a quick change concerning how the spline is created, find the Creation Method rollout and make the following adjustments Fig. Now, as we draw our line, Max will automatically smooth out our line for us.

So off to the side, starting from the hips very important that your first vertex is made here create the following shape Fig. Notice that there are only 3 vertices on this line: These will be our pivoting angles for the spine.

If you want more on your characters then make more, just remember the more vertices the more objects you will need to create to control these points. I made you create the shape off to the side for simplicity so as to rgging any figging. You can perfectly well create the spline right over top of the body and therefore eliminate the following step. Now move the spline into the body, like so Fig.

Remember this is the spine of the character so its position is very important. Okay, make sure that the position is correct in the front view – it should be perfectly centred. Then select the hips.

Now it needs you to tell it what spline to use so, finally, click on the spline we just made. The whole spine will adjust to fit the IK, so don’t worry if it moves – it’s supposed to. Once the spline IK is complete, Max will create helper objects around the vertices of the spline so you can control the vertices easily Fig.