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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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one of the best tutorial i found! thanks very much, I do have one question.. is it possible to use this with the shadow in sketchup? 
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how do I save the exported PNG to a certain size?
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Thanks this will be very useful :)
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Thanks for the tutorial! It really helps!
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jurc61098 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
very wonderful!! XD I was wondering how other comic artist do that incredible background pieces
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Most of us are not rich or just too young and mom said "NO"...

Haha very true :XD:
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jurc61098 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I feel this. and my PC's limited RAM is bothering me. it's hard to get an upgrade without the cash you need.
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Especially if you haven't turned 18 yet… D:
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yes! *cries* it's hard to earn money
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Renard-Magiconirique Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all your tips, it's REALLY helpful.
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Raven-Hawk Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
clever girl, but seriously great idea awesome job
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milovanf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Now I know how movie producers makes atmosphere look sooo realistic. Thanks! :dummy: I'm using it.
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mattmikemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Filmographer
Does Cinema 4D work?
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seriously, this is a great tutorial.  I really like it.
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oh. My. God. This is SO helpful...! Thank you for sharing this!!!
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Euterpe-The-Egret Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This was incredibly helpful. I was reading through fish eye placebo and I was astounded at your background details! I am starting my own webcomic and wanted to have detailed backgrounds but wasn't sure of how to find the time to do them as well as you do. Thank you so much for your tutorial!!!
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sleepcircle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is not really a good idea.

i don't care about the legal aspect of this, tbh. it's just this has nothing to do with 'how to draw' backgrounds. you're not drawing them at all; the computer is doing all the work. and i don't mean like this is 'cheating' like it's morally wrong or something, but:

i can sketch scenes quickly in 3d because i practiced, and the fact that i can see things in 3d in my head (from all the practice) means that all other parts of my drawings are improved as well. you are crippling your ability to improve at drawing, by doing this stuff. every time you let the computer carry you through, you are denying yourself 100 opportunities to get better.

it's the butterfly metaphor. the butterfly needs to fight out of the cocoon to survive. if you cut the cocoon so the butterfly can go free easily, it will never have the strength needed to fly.
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