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show user profile  Dave
No, although that too sort of does what he's describing as well, except normalise (to my knowledge) is done during the actual unwrapping procedure. Relax can be done afterwards, but will likely change your islands shape.

There is a magical button though, that will re-scale the islands, as they are, no unwrapping algorithm, no relaxing, just scale. So it can be used whenever, and will just leave you with exactly what you had before, but all 1:1

"I flew over Egypt once"

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5/25/2016 2:44:42 PM (last edit: 5/25/2016 2:44:42 PM)
show user profile  FX
Ah, 'rescale', I use Polyunwrapper, the rescaling is referred to as normalizing, it's nice because you have the option to use average, min, or max when scaling.

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5/25/2016 3:11:18 PM (last edit: 5/25/2016 3:11:18 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Ah right, pretty sweet. I used to use some script/plugin for unwrapping too but I'm actually pretty impressed with vanilla unwrapping in Max now.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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5/25/2016 8:11:40 PM (last edit: 5/25/2016 8:11:40 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Once you decipher the hieroglyphic nature of the icons (which seem to change or be shuffled around between versions), the vanilla unwrapping tools in Max are actually not half bad.

But I still use Flat-Iron and auto unwrap everything as a first step, gets like 90% of the work done (at least for hard surface/mechanical type stuff)

Oh, and unwrapping in zBrush for more organic subjects.
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5/25/2016 8:34:16 PM (last edit: 5/25/2016 8:34:16 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Yeah, while I could quite happily unwrap a character/organic shit in Max, I would be stupid to not hop over to 3d coat instead.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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5/25/2016 10:32:13 PM (last edit: 5/25/2016 10:32:13 PM)
show user profile  FX
I just had a look around the unwrap UI for the first in a few years, it seems to have improved, I've just become so used to Polyunwrapper, for basic hardsurface stuff I apply planar map & flatten by face angles, for anything complex I find a tutorial.

2017 doesn't look too bad for organics, but as AD like to take other peoples ideas and implement them badly, I'd be inclined to go for zBrush or 3DCoat.

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5/26/2016 12:35:32 AM (last edit: 5/26/2016 12:36:44 AM)
show user profile  FX
I haven't looked around polycount for a while and I'm glad I did...Check out this guys PS scripts :

Lazy Save:

Layer Cake (Tiling Tools):

I just bought them, he works for coffees ;) about easing workflow....gazillions of mouse clicks and faffing saved.

also this:

Perspective Tool v2

...rather cool no?

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8/30/2016 9:22:08 AM (last edit: 8/30/2016 9:22:08 AM)
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2/13/2017 5:28:55 PM (last edit: 2/13/2017 5:28:55 PM)
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