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Designer Cor Steenstra has put together a couple of websites devoted to car design and AliasStudio users. The first, CarDesign.TV, covers developments in the car design world, while the second,, has been created specifically for users of AliasStudio. Cor has begun a car modeling tutorial on Alais3DTV and has provided additional tips and demos in past updates.


Arno Villard has a blog similar to mine in that he is posting learning resources for designers. He, however, is focusing exclusively on AliasStudio. His focus is paying off, as he has mentioned several resources and tutorials with which I was hitherto unfamiliar and is also documenting some of his own experiments with the software. Pay him a visit and look around!

If you’ve never spent any time at, you should check it out. Some time ago, user ScottieB posted a tutorial for sketching in AliasStudio. When I was getting started with digital sketching, info like this was scarce. It was written for a past version of the software, but the general ideas should be enough to get someone started.

Documentation for AliasStudio is sent with the software, but if you’re ever in need of it and find that it hasn’t been installed on your system, Autodesk makes it available on their site. In addition to the standard help info, some digging will produce additional goodies, such as pdfs that include a detailed introductory tutorial on technical surfacing, and information on data transfer between Alias and other packages.


If you have never looked for Alias-related videos on YouTube, give it a shot. Get started with these. I haven’t watched many of them, but they look intriguing. Of course this isn’t specific to AliasStudio. Try Pro/E, Solidworks, or whatever.


Teague designer Joshua Maruska has a great tip on how to simulate anisotropic reflections on a brake rotor in AliasStudio’s real-time visualization (hardware rendering) mode.


Of course my first entry has to be about my own tutorial project. For those who have not seen it, I released a DVD through The Gnomon Workshop in early 2006 that taught rendering in Alias StudioTools (now known as Autodesk AliasStudio). It is titled “Product Design Rendering Essentials: Lighting and Shading in StudioTools with Dustin Brown.” Yes, all of that. It is still available from The Gnomon Workshop.

I’ll update with any new/other titles from Gnomon that may be of interest.  There are many…