SkyPaint is the worlds first paint tool for creating and editing
3D, seamless, 360° panoramic images.
Cut days off your production schedules by painting 360°
backdrops instead of modeling and rendering them. Painted backgrounds
are common in 2D games and animations; SkyPaint lets you use the same
shortcut for 3D games and animations.
Using SkyPaint is simple: start with a pre-defined template
or an initial backdrop. Use the arrow buttons in the SkyPaint window
to look around 'inside' the backdrop; when you see something you want
to change, just press the "Paint This View" icon to transfer
control to Photoshop (or almost any of the other popular paint programs).
After making changes to that part of the backdrop, use plugin commands
to transfer the changes to SkyPaint and either save the panorama or
continue editing by selecting and changing another part of the backdrop.
Once created, these panoramas can be incorporated into interactive
games, published and viewed on the web,
inserted into Quake II levels or 3DStudio scenes.
SkyPaint is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in that works with Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro,
and PHOTO-PAINT. If you don't already
have a paint program, download a shareware version of JASC's
Paint Shop Pro .
Who Uses SkyPaint and Why
Quake II and 3D Game Developers
Game developers have been using panoramic backgrounds for years. SkyPaint
is a required addition to any game developers tool suite. Game
integration is easy since SkyPaint outputs to a variety of standard
image and panorama types, such as Quake
Feature article: Creating
Backgrounds for 3D Games at the Gamasutra web site.
3D Studio MAX artists
You can save days of rendering time by creating background and reflection
mattes for your 3D Studio MAX creations. Professional matte painters
have been used for decades in feature films and live theater because
it is much less expensive to paint a convincing 3D backdrop than it
is to model every little detail of objects far away in the distance.
The same is true for computer graphics production work, and SkyPaint
is an invaluable tool for the computer matte artist.
as 3DStudio MAX Backgrounds.