Realistic Skin Textures

Skin Microstructure Deformation with Displacement Map Convolution

This video from ICTGraphicsLab reminds me of Stephen Hawking talking about black holes… it’s a bit over my head! For example, “We present a technique for synthesizing the effects of skin microstructure deformation by anisotropically convolving a high-resolution displacement map to match normal distribution changes in measured skin samples.” This has some great visuals to help explain it though.

Skin Stretch: Simulating Dynamic Skin Microgeometry SIGGRAPH 2015

The Siggraph presentation is a bit easier to understand.

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Tutorials

CG Tutorial: How To Create The Best Human Skin Texture For 3D Characters

This is a Photoshop tutorial for creating the skin texture for your 3D models, showing a non-destructive image flattening and reflection removal.

CG Tutorial – Creating skin textures from scratch

Derek Sesson creates semi-realistic skin textures from scratch. It’s not software specific, but theory.