[TUTORIAL] How to make TF2 Hats -Part 1 ( BLENDER)

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ricardojvc6

L6: Sharp Member
Jun 8, 2009
268
Hello there and welcome to this tutorial of making hats.. i just create this tutorial for the ppl who want to make models.. or hats so there it is.. in this tutorial i'm gona show you how to create Hats in blender.. but not adding TF2 hats to TF2.. so remind that.. on the 1st part. So i open my blender and just create the first thing:


To create hats you need a cylinder.. about 16, 8, 24 vertices.. radius 1.00 depth 2.00 and Caps End. And there it is a perfect cylinder.

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Now press Tab(edit mode) and press Ctrl+r to divide the cylinder in 3 parts.
this will result 3 divides.

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Then press A to deselect all the faces and press B to activate line corridor( is what i call it) and drag it out of the cylinder to an half of it then press X to delete faces that you pressed also use the face tool to delete the bottom of the cylinder

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Now turn the the cylinder around to have the other half of it... then.. scale it a little, not to much, and press Z scale it in Z direction(UP and Down) to have a small and tiny cylinder like this:

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Now we need to mirror our cylinder .. to do that press tab again(to leave edit mode) and add modifier called "mirror" and press "do clipping".. ifyou have everything until now.. it means.. you are in the right way..

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Now select the cylinder:

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Go to the edge select by pressing Ctrl+Tab and select the all things around that its on the picture that i'm going to show you:

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Now we need to extrude our hat.. Select E and press S next... to not exagerate the extrude just.. leave like i have on the pic:

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On this part you need to read carefully.. and one mistake... and you need start all over again... so attention..

In this part while having the edge select.. press edges by clicking on the mouse and make them move away by cursor that is displayed, like i have in this picture:

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Move some vertices by clicking in the vertice Select:

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Now we need to cut the hat in 3 parts by pressin ctrl+R and do the same like in have in this picture:

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Now on this part you can use Face,vertice,select to make your hat choice.. on this part i won't tell you nothing because this part is about your creativity on your hat by moving the cursor up down left right... all the ways.. in the mean time i will you the picture

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Also you can use your creativity in the cylinder and top of it.. so you can think wut you really want:

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Now while your finish the creativty on your hat.. we gona create another modifier and this time select "subsurf.. this will make the cylinder be more realistic.. and more cool.

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this time try to put everything on subsurf to 4 and choose optimitical draw :D
see what it happens... YES it makes the 5\5 REALISTC HAT!!! :)

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Now we have a realistc Hat But still more Job to do if you to put this hat into your TF2 so in the most of this passes you can detail your hat by your own.. so.. be clever now :p

Now we need to create.. real hop ( or whatever you call it) little down.. to do this cut.. and put it a little down.. not much... and voila..now you have a hat hop

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Now on this part you can the same thing like you did before but now by pressing B
trying to get 3 or 4 vertices.. and them make them put in to the left and put a bit down and you have your the front part conclued.. still there will be manny things that you can detail

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Do the same thing backwards.. and.. make the style you want :D

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And.. do the same thing upon the cylinder.. front middle and back

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Now you can also edit some parts of the hat for more ideas... btw.. like this picture..

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Now we need to make a hop for this part so you need the select the sides and extrude.. and press Z.. and make down.. not much and not little.. like i have in this picture.. Also i don't know why it apear a black thing around it.. i have no clue why that apeared :(

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And there you have your hat and very good job.. to reading until here and your hat is done but still theres more.. you need the .TGA and exporting models.. you need to work.. More :)

Now we gona select all the faces by pressing Tab again and press Ctrl+N and press U and click "Unwrap (smart projections)" click ok and lets divide the header and buttons panel by clicking on half of the 2 and split the screen up.. and press buttons panel and click UV image/editor and there you have your image .TGA

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Now save the file by going UV's go to script and click the first option

Now you need to let go the files that i have and press ok to save in one folder you have your files saved:

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Now we Smooth our Hat by going to object tool and Set Smooth.. 3 times it should be ok.. now we need to apply our model in the modifiers "mirror" and "subsurf" first.. apply mirror then apply subsurf.. and there you go.. Your model is fully done.. Now you need to export your model as .SMD or .OBJ, .QL or .MT.

First Part is done Guys.. i hope you liked the tutorial that i have made.. and sorry it had to be HUGE i will see if i have time to finish part 2.. So enjoy :) the model

Edit: don't put the subsurf to 4.. just put to 1 .. it will eat poly's very faster..

Here's the video, the all steps are here follow those steps same as this video in total gave 678 Polygons

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9SjLwzDSY[/video]
 
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Lord Ned

L420: High Member
Feb 11, 2008
421
I don't advise using this tutorial, but if you do so here are some tips:

Be careful with Subdivision. It will eat polys really fast (Your limit is ~800 for Hats)

You'll also get better results with doing it by hand. You can then carefully tweak the edgeloops to a not-as-smooth and more realistic result.
 

ricardojvc6

L6: Sharp Member
Jun 8, 2009
268
agree with you matt i can change something in there
 

YM

LVL100 YM
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Dec 5, 2007
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D: Never ever use subdivision for low poly modeling, you'll burn through polys faster than you can say triangle.

You've got 136 faces there, they're all quads, so that's 272 tris, that's only half the mesh, so now we're at 544 tris, you subdivided, say twice. that's going to be 8704 tris. For a hat. Your screenshot shows you used subdivision to four levels actually, that's 140,000 tris.

You want to use subdivision for making normal maps, baking the high poly's detail onto the low poly's mesh.
 

ricardojvc6

L6: Sharp Member
Jun 8, 2009
268
Guys i have news... don't subsurf the hat more then 1 Level or it will turn it ~140,000 polygons wich is very bad D: 125 MB don't even put it.. it was a mistake of mine.. just leave the 1 Level and start detailing with subsurf on 1, i hope this helps you alot :)
 
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YM

LVL100 YM
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Dec 5, 2007
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Using subd twice takes you to 8000 polys. That's far too many for a hat. Hats need to be <3000 ideally and more like <1000

You wan't to do all your smoothing manually. you can use ctrl+r to split rows of polys or use ctrl+w to subdivide a single face/edge for more accuracy.
 

Tehrasha

L3: Member
Nov 5, 2009
115
I would like to thank ricardo for making a tutorial based on Blender.
Nearly every other modeling tutorial I have read involves using your legal *nudge-nudge-wink-wink* install of 3DMax.
 

ricardojvc6

L6: Sharp Member
Jun 8, 2009
268
right guys i have a better version of the hat with less polygons
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i just subsurf to 1 and followed Youme advice :D its now much better
 

ricardojvc6

L6: Sharp Member
Jun 8, 2009
268
Its still 3000 polys for something that could easily be <1000[/QUOTE=YM;139772]

I see. Maybe i will try to do the same without subusrf this time.. subdiving edges vertices or faces.... or very useful button.. "Merge". It help me alot removing edges and vertices.. :D Maybe thats the point.. that i failed.. before explaining in this tutorial.. :facepalm: anyways.. thank for your tips Youme.. i appreciate that tips quite well. :)
 
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Mercz37

L1: Registered
Aug 22, 2011
5
There is only one problem with this tutorial. My blender is an updated version and I can't find the add modifier button so i can mirror the hat. :(
 

Tehrasha

L3: Member
Nov 5, 2009
115
There is only one problem with this tutorial. My blender is an updated version and I can't find the add modifier button so i can mirror the hat. :(

In the new Blender, the modifiers are located in the Properties windoid, between the lighting setting and the materials. (tab icon looks like a wrench)

When you are done editing the model (the mirroring part), return to object mode and select Apply on the modifier.
 

Mercz37

L1: Registered
Aug 22, 2011
5
In the new Blender, the modifiers are located in the Properties windoid, between the lighting setting and the materials. (tab icon looks like a wrench)

When you are done editing the model (the mirroring part), return to object mode and select Apply on the modifier.

Ok I now I need to know how to get the texture maps like in one of the lower screenshots. he mentioned UVS i believe? in the nwer blender everything is different.:confused: