RetopoFlow 2 provides a powerful set of unified tools that all work side-by-side within a new retopology mode, creating a seamless workflow.
Tesselator by Flow Tools creates a low-poly quad mesh from a high-poly 3Dscan or sculpt in Blender by distributing particles evenly across the surface then connecting them with clean loops.
The tool can generate quads, triangles or quad-dominant remeshes. Options include symmetry, “grease-pencil” guides to direct loop flow, and high-poly painting for areas that need more detail.
The author states Tesselator’s auto-remesher is not a replacement for manual retopology, but for $8.50 it seems like an indispensable tool for low-poly baking and figure creation.
Marvelous Designer 9 has been released featuring rotopology and fast GPU simulation with CUDA-enabled Nvidia cards. Additional improvements include half-pattern symmetry, mirror creation, and selective mesh subdivision.
Unity‘s skinned mesh renderer applies linear-based bending, which can result in collapsed volumes and “candy wrapper” twisting in the limbs.
Dual-quaternion skinning is an alternative method that helps preserve the mesh volume. It’s slower than linear-based, and has its own minor artifacts such as a bulging around the joints, but is a big improvement on the collapsed joints.
Constantine Rudenko has created a compute shader and scripts to convert Unity’s skinned meshes to dual quaternion at runtime. Blendshapes are supported.
ebsynth is a versatile tool for by-example synthesis of images. It can be used for a variety of image synthesis tasks, including guided texture synthesis, artistic style transfer, content-aware inpainting and super-resolution.
The focus of
ebsynth is on preserving the fidelity of the source material. Unlike other recent approaches,
ebsynthdoesn’t rely on neural networks. Instead, it uses a state-of-the-art implementation of non-parametric texture synthesis algorithms. Thanks to its patch-based nature,
ebsynth produces crisp results, which preserve all the fine detail present in the original image.