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Due to the shear number of polygons often required to make believable 3D trees, creating realistic ones for use "in-game" can be a challenging, time consuming task. SpeedTree from IDV aims to change all that with it's intuitive UI, ease of use and powerful toolset. Making believable trees and plants has literally never been easier!
In this new two part tutorial, artist Madhan Mohan will get you up to speed on working with the software, and show you how to not only create an great looking optimized Pine tree using SpeedTree, but how to get the model up and running inside of UDK as well. In part one Madhan will give you an in-depth look at the many parameters that make up the Speedtree interface, and walk you through the process of creating your first tree model.
Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in January of 2012.
SpeedTree was the driving force behind the realistic foliage in many AAA games including Batman: Arkam Asylum, Gears Of War 3 and Dragon Age: Origins to name a few, not to mention the gorgeous jungles of Pandora ILM created for the film "Avatar".
Note: click the 'Monitor' icon to view tutorial in full-screen HD.