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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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Euterpe-The-Egret Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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!!!
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.
Biiiscoito Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Dude. Just. Dude.
This is AWESOME!!!
Faving that and putting it to good use for sure! *V*
DerpLogicDD Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD!!! I LOVE YOU!! Thank you so much for this.. I know i'm eons away from actually creating something as good as yours, but this is a very great help for me... Thanks a lot.. :D
Reechu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
You. Are my hero.
delacci Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! (:
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?
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