In this quick tutorial, I'll be creating a simple 3D puzzle and adding a picture on top of as a texture. 

To begin with, using the EP Curve Tool, I drew out a side of a simple puzzle shape. Then, by moving the CVs around, fixed the shape up a bit so it looks a bit better and more rounded. I then moved the pivot to the right edge of the curve. 
Next, I duplicated the curve and rotated it by 90 degrees in the Y axis. I did the same thing again twice in order to create a puzzle piece and attached all the curves together so they sit as one piece and attached all the pieces together. I then deleted the history of it, deleted any old curves and centred the piece. In order to make this shape 3D, I have to Bevel it. So I used the option to Bevel Plus, deleted the history and moved the pivot to the right edge of the geometry and in the same way I created the puzzle piece, duplicated the geometry and rotated it 90 degrees. 
I continued duplicating and rotating the pieces until I was happy with the size of the puzzle. When I didn't want to add anymore pieces to the puzzle, I combined all the parts so when I selected the puzzle, everything would be highlighted, not single individual pieces.  
The next thing to do was to add a picture to the puzzle. I assigned a simple lambert texture to the puzzle, and then inserted my own picture as the "colour" for the lambert. I struggled with this bit, because the picture wasn't showing properly and I thought I missed a step or something, but I then suddenly realised I needed to create a UV Planar Map in order for the picture to show. It worked and the picture popped up, no problem. I adjusted it how I saw fit, added a bit of lights until I was happy with the final rendered outcome. 
In order to move each of the pieces individually, I realised I needed to separate each of the pieces so I wasn't moving the entire puzzle. It was done in pretty much the same way I combined all of the pieces together, but instead of hitting "Combine" I hit "Separate" instead, which allowed me freedom to play with the pieces individually. 
If I have time, I may animate each of the pieces falling into place to create the puzzle. 

    Making a simple 3d puzzle

    Quick tutorial creating a simple 3D puzzle. Picking up some quick tips. 


    March 2013