In our project this time , we are trying to show as much detail model as possible. As I mentioned before, we are doing kind of fantasy style, the architectural environment is more like roman & european look. So there are lots of ornament designs in our scene, such as on wall, stair and on statue as well.
There are several different ways to do the ornament pattern. The most common ways are using face polygon or line tool to trace the shape of the pattern. Both of them are useful, personally I prefer using the polygon.
However I found a convenient method online that using photoshop. The video was published by — on youtube. The method is transfer the pattern image to illustration AI path in photoshop. Then you can import the path in 3ds max. By using this method, you can save the tracing time, however the bad aspect is you don’t have lots of control on number of vertex and proper topology.
There is another tool that I really want to share is PolyDraw Panel. It is really useful when doing the ornament on uneven surface. By using the paint strips of polygon, you can quickly draw the shape and lay out the topology foundation for the ornament. I have used this method when doing the ornament on the statue’s cloth and helmet.