3D Artists Can Try the Marmoset Toolbag for Free

H. B. Duran

8monkey Labs, creator of the multi-platform Marmoset Engine and shooter game, Darkest of Days, announced a plethora of new features and upgrades to their Marmoset Toolbag...and has invited 3D game artists to try it for free.

Marmoset Toolbag is a real-time material editor and presentation tool that allows you see and adjust your project as you go; basically offering a "what you see is what you get" workstation. 8monkey hopes that their program will serve as a stand-alone toolkit to create AAA-presentation quality to 3 models, texture sets and animations.

Upgrades and New features include: - HDR image-based environment lighting - 10 environment sky lighting presets - Dynamic light creation and editing - Smart scene-matched shadow projections - Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) - Circle of confusion / Bokeh depth of field effect - Auto-turntable options for mesh, camera, and light rotation - Screenshot output resolution up to 4096 pixels - HDR screenshot output - 6 blending modes - 8 material channel modes - 13 viewport rendering modes - Tangent-space and World-Space normal map support - Normal map invert/swizzle options - Alpha-to-coverage transparency - Editable Cinematic post-effect system - Drag-and-drop GUI support for textures, meshes, materials, and more - Saveable scene files - Improved light and shadow accuracy and detail - Expanded material options, including gloss maps and translucency - Greatly improved and reorganized user interface

Sadly for me, this is a PC-only application. :@ My shiny Mac wants to make 3D renders, too!

PC users - If you like what you see, you can upgrade to a full license by July 28th to get 20% off. You can also win a full license by struttin' your skills and entering the CgTuts+ July competition . To learn more and download your free trial of Marmoset Toolbag v1.0, visit http://www.8monkeylabs.com .

About the Author

H. B. Duran is the Lead Editor and Community Manager of GirlGamer.com, Contributing writer and editor for the Digital Gaming Underground (D-GU.com) and video games writer for William Shatner's networking site, MyOuterSpace.com. When she's not teaching herself game programming code or foreign languages, she's sticking it to The Man with IRS Tax Code; representing taxpayers before the IRS. And then Buffy killed Edward. The End.