Representing the surface properties of objects and the way the light behaves when it strikes them is vitally important to creating realistic images in Blender. To do this well, you must understand how to create textures and materials that look convincing. Furthermore, you have to master a few crucial tricks of 2D image manipulation when using the most powerful texture-creation tools. Blender has several impressive features that enable you to quickly and easily create seamless UV textures and to combine them in convincing, realistic materials, but for the 2D images themselves, you will turn to another open-source application: GIMP.
In this chapter, you will learn to