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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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[Stock & Resources] 3D background Tutorial by `yuumei A detailed and expansive tutorial ( Suggested by DamaiMikaz and Featured by Elandria )
Yuumei, you are amazing. Amazing. And I love you. This is going to help me so much.
luzylouiz Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what a technique !!
thanks :)
Schwannie Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A little tip: you could suggest Gimp to those who can't buy the drawing programs you recommended :aww: It's free and has nearly the same features as Photoshop, even animation :dance:
Faia-Ookami Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is extremely helpful. It's really fantastic that google sketch up let's one use all the resources for free. I have a question though.. How do you get that lineart style that you ended up with? I've looked quite a bit through google sketch up's settings but I can't find how to get nice thin lines like that. In the end I just took a screencapture of the model I had created and inked it... but is there any easier way? Thank you for this tutorial, by the way. :)
JohnAmiel Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Question: Does sketchup only have urban models or does it also have old medieval models or far eastern city models?
nosleeptillsatan Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it has lots of different things so im sure you could find some like that!
so this is really useful. thankyou!
Baniita Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very interesting. I'd be one thing if a person modeled it themselves (which would take longer, thus being moot), but doing it this way probably isn't the best for professional work.
Ciereine Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wanna cry....8 gb ram is needed when I only have 4. I want to learn the basics of perspective and such but my brains seems like deteriorating in those matters. Anyway your great as always and an inspiration hehehehehe.
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