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3D background Tutorial by yuumei 3D background Tutorial by yuumei


Other 3D programs

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

: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. [link]

: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. [link]

: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. [link]

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

: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. [link]

: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 [link]

: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 ): [link]

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 [link]

: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 ): [link]

: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. [link]

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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Given 2012-08-06
[Stock & Resources] 3D background Tutorial by `yuumei A detailed and expansive tutorial ( Suggested by DamaiMikaz and Featured by Elandria )
mochichama Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like how you advise at the last sentences "NO" lmao
Lauuhh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
This is super helpful! Thank you so much for your amazing tutorials! 
ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
denzel94 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you know of any programs that allow you to generate architecture styles from different regions like Asia or Europe?
Noevr Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2014
Hi! Is it legal to use this method for creating a background for a short animated movie, a cartoon (for some festivals for example)?
Drawstoria Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
i know this might be and probably is stupid, but is it legal to use these in comics ?
Rynkimi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a great tutorial, but there are artists that can draw structural backgrounds without hesitating... ^^;
Keimichi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not really a question of being able to draw without hesitating or not
i believe this is for people who needs to draw the same background over and over again (like those drawing comics, for example) It doesn't mean these artists can't draw by themselves, it's just that having a premade background that they can just draw over will save them a lot of time. 
ko-yuki-chan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really helpful ! can I ask question ? you took a city (later) and said "made by same process" but this city is not a 3D model just a picture. do you make line one by one for making this ? or 3D software can make all city's lineart itself ? thank you !
Rhavencroft Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind me making a comment here. ^^; Do you mean the cityscape near the bottom? I do believe that is in fact a 3D model, since there are many straight edges to the building and the background fades into gray very quickly at the end of the street, which is something it wouldn't do if it was a real photo. Not to mention the lack of textures on the cars. Looking back at it again, I don't think there actually is any photos used in this tutorial
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