@CapAlatriste nice entry!
I actually just updated my model now again , I wanted even more photo realism so I added wear to the griptape edges , I added wear to the nose and tail underneath as well as board slide wear… I also looked at the other entries and saw a entry where the board was duplicated and put on its side behind the model so I also did that as it makes for a good thumb nail. Also upgraded the plywood layer to something more decent.
- For wear sometimes there are smart materials to aid with this , so it would be layered in the 3d painting application like 3dcoat or substance. Those brushes have smart options where they apply the effect only on specific criteria. I only know 3dcoat , but in this you can choose from a whole list of various geometrical masking options and it applies that logic when you paint with the material… very handy! My first texture pass used aspects like this.
Other times , like in these new details i added , I did it all in 2d in Gimp. So its a case of using several brushes and masking layers, duplicated layers with blend modes etc… Other aspects of the result are dependant on the material type , for example for the board slide scratches it is not just a case of creating the masking for the scratches , you also have to create some smear of the artwork in this area because that is what happens in real life, it not just a case of paint then no paint … the print is pressed into and pulled along the scratch grooves.
Which tool do you use to texture?
The crux of it is and this is true for nearly all cg art … never underestimate post manipulation in a 2d graphics editor. Most professionals do this. So you use your 3d app render or 3d paint app for the bulk work, and then fine tune polish in 2d graphics editor.
If you are only using a 2d graphics editor then anything is still possible … but it will take way way longer and you will need to apply the various logic of where to paint manually. basically very good painting/air brushing skills will come into play here. This is where these 3D painting apps shine , they do the core work , then you just polish.