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August 6, 2012
[Stock & Resources] 3D background Tutorial by `yuumei A detailed and expansive tutorial
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3D background Tutorial


Other 3D programs

:bulletblue: Sketchup - Here is the link for those of you too lazy to google it :I

:bulletblue: 3DS Max - Fully functional 3D program that can be used for modeling, animation, games, etc. It comes with Mental ray, a fairly good renderer. It's not specifically designed for making buildings, so it's harder to use than Sketchup in that regard, but it has awesome free plugins like the ones listed below. It is not free, but they offer free versions to students in participating schools (usually most colleges) which means as long as you have an e-mail account registered to your school, you can download it for free.…

:bulletblue: Ghost Town - A free 3DS Max plugin that will procedurally generate cities within minutes. It is still in development so expect it to have bugs, but it still works well enough for me.…

:bulletblue: Building Generator - Another free 3DS MAX plugin. It automatically generates buildings within seconds. These buildings are more detailed and customizable than the ones in Ghost Town, but it only generates one building at a time. Also, it does not generate interior furnishing, only the exterior.…

:bulletblue: Blender - 100% free fully functioning 3D program that can be used for character modeling, animation, games, etc. Best used with the plugin below

:bulletblue: Suicidator city generator - a Blender plugin that comes in both free and pro version. It has ups and downs compared to Ghost Town so it's good to check out both and use them both to best fit your needs.

:bulletblue: City Engine - It's a crazy complicated 3D program that generates super realistic and customizable cities. However, it is also crazy expensive and will immediately crash if your computer doesn't have 16-24 gigs of RAM. Not really recommended unless you want to base your entire career on drawing cities…

:bulletblue: CityScape - An amazing and easy to use program that used to come free with 3DS Max but stupid stuff happened and now the program doesn't exist at all; you can't even buy it. However, if you know your google well, and knows the dark corners of the internet, you can still find a student version of it. No link because it technically doesn't exist anymore (or does it? ಠ_ಠ )

:bulletblue: Kerkythea - A free external rendering program capable of photo-realistic results. I just found out about it and haven't used it yet but it sounds pretty cool on top of being free.

:bulletblue: V-ray - a render plugin for 3DS Max, Sketchup, and other 3D programs. It can render realistic and non-photo-realistic images (i.e. cartoon line art), it also has cool fisheye lens and other effects. It renders directly within the 3D program so you don't have to switch to another render program to use it. It is not free ):

Other Drawing programs

:bulletred: Paint tool SAI - Love this program. Very easy to draw with compared to Photoshop, which is better for editing than drawing. It's also very cheap. Only around $50 when I bought it

:bulletred: Corel Painter - Good for mimicing traditional materials such as oil paint and water color. Ideal for adding that extra hand painted feel to 3D images. Not free and not cheap ):…

:bulletred: Photoshop - Everyone has heard of it. Like the name, it's best at editing photos (or 3D images). It's also used by many artists to paint, but I prefer SAI.

Too poor to buy any of these?

Most of us are not rich or just too young and mom said "NO"... well, I'm NOT encouraging this, but a standard rule is: If there is a program, a free cracked version of it exists somewhere on the internet. Usually google is enough to find them, if not, try 3D forums.

Good luck! :la:

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CheesySquidSandwich's avatar
Wow, this was really helpful! Thank you so much! 
RAGyuo's avatar

For some odd reason most of these aren't even existing anymore ;c

Day-tan's avatar
Thank you very much! This is very useful for me because (as anyone can see in my gallery) I'm struggling with backgrounds/environment pretty hard! :D
Fuure's avatar
You use Vray to render cartoon lineart with fisheye effect included? Which version of Vray does this? 
xandraclay's avatar
I always appreciate when artist I love take the time to make a tutorial Love 
Vic7or-Cavalcan7i's avatar
Could I suggest adding "Krita" to the list of drawing programs? It's both free and open-source, and incredibly good (David Revoy, creator of Pepper & Carrot is one of the most famous users, and Sara Tepes too).

I believe it's better to recommend something like this at least before suggesting using cracked versions of paid apps, because not only it helps the free/open-source apps, it also might help getting the expensive apps getting... less expensive, in the long road.

Also, nice tutorial <3
AliceSacco's avatar
Is fine. Of course you have to know the fundamentals well enough (You don't have to be perfect), otherwise it shows.
imFragrance's avatar
Can you use those models for drawings with commercial purposes?
highfieldcountrypark's avatar
So cute..Your style is awesome..
Sayuui's avatar
I've been looking for something like this for so long!! By the way, you are one of my favorite artists. Thank you very much for this!
darkzero779's avatar
This will benefit me well for my projects from comics,to animation scenery.
Once I get used to sketchup(dont got pro yet) ill certianly be using this tutorial as one of my learning tools,and refs
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Thank you for patience, time & generosity! :heart: 'HOOOAAH!' :clap::clap::clap::salute::salute::salute::salute: :heart: Thank you for Sharing your Gallery & Letting Us Fave your Works! :heart:
Mad--Machine's avatar
Oh, it makes me so sad to see so many spam & bot comments on your work.

This tutorial is very helpful! Originally I would use Blender, however it was inefficient and would only export very small dimensions. This has really helped, thank you for sharing it (:
RifTheBit's avatar
awesome n help fulll thanks for this :)
taemart's avatar
nice these are much info and so helpful thanks 
Sumiren's avatar
What's with all the spam on this page? ._.
FengFuXi26's avatar
Just used this tutorial to help me get lineart for a pay phone. Life saver!
SpaciFer's avatar
REALLLY helpful for someone like me who just discovered this drawing world! Thx again for making such a useful tutorial! :D
MouTen's avatar
thanks for the tutorial! it's really useful ^^
Pinkisch's avatar
Thanks do much for this tutorial. You don't even imagine how much I needed.
stephanpartipilo's avatar
This is awesome. Thank you so much for putting this together
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Todarodes's avatar
I don't have a tablet but I want to try this
sierra-gone-DA's avatar
Woww. This is so helpful and awesome! Thank you. :)
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