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Alderea
Level 20 : Expert Taco
Introduction:

Hello, I'm Rea and this is my first blog entry here on the ever lovely Planet Minecraft; however, this is not the first time I've been on PMC. My following blog post is based on what I've seen from nearly a year of submissions, and one common thing I've seen growing is the use of 3D modeling to attract viewers to submission pages in hopes of getting more diamonds and ranking up.

What is 3D modeling and how does it affect PMC?

In short, 3D modeling is when somebody creates a 3-dimensional representation of something, in our case most people render models of Minecraft characters and projects. The extra shadows, refraction, and reflections of light and the extra render distance that you cannot normally get in screenshots of Minecraft are more aesthetically pleasing and when combined with Photoshop sky backgrounds to create an atmosphere, can potentially attract more viewers which lends a big hand in getting front-page popular submissions.

Appealing to the masses

If you're a serious poster here on Planet Minecraft and are having a hard time getting people to like your submissions, give 3D modeling a try. Where do I start, you ask? There are a good few rendering editors out there for you to use, many of which include Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS Max, Cinema 4D, and Blender. All are more than capable of providing you with the essential tools to start rendering your own models.

Which 3D program should I get? What's the difference?

Personally, I use Autodesk Maya. It's an extremely powerful program made to create the most realistic renders possible, and does an even greater job if you combine it with Vray plugin for Maya. However, Maya is extremely expensive and out of the budget range of most users here. If you're looking to get the best bang for the buck, try the free alternative to Maya, Blender. It's more bare bones than Maya and does not provide the advanced animating and particle effects that Maya does, but if you're looking for a couple shots to post as your featured image, it's a great program which has fully customizable shading and reflection options. If you're looking for some greater realism than Blender can offer, download Cinema4D and give it a shot. This program is fairly new compared to Maya and Blender and offers some pretty unique controls that some may argue are more user-friendly than the latter two options. The final choice is 3DSMax which, like Maya, costs a hefty sum and is more for creating low-poly game characters and environments, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're just posting projects.

How do I make my world 3D?

A nifty little program called Mineways is here to save the day! It was originally made with the intent of making your minecraft worlds available for 3D printing, but it also has an option to export as a .obj file, which you can directly open with any of the aforementioned rendering editors. Once you've opened up your world feel free to play around with lighting effects and angles and position your camera, then render out an image of your beautiful creation! Most renderers will automatically make the sky on your rendered images transparent, which makes it super easy to insert a sky using Photoshop or GIMP 2 and finally upload it to your planet minecraft submission!

Final thoughts:

This may seem like a lot of work just for the possibility of having a popular topic or front-page submission, but hard work is the key to getting recognition here. Like I said at the beginning of this blog, this is my first post on PlanetMC, so feel free to let me know if I missed anything and I'll add it.

Diamonds are appreciated but not necessary! :)
Also, I'd love me some of them subscribers people are always talking about. ^^

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Front page! Thank you guys so much!!!

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SlR_Moretz
Level 9
Apprentice Mage
May 4, 2014, 9:26 pm

Nice pic, could you link a dl by chance for the rig?I'd really like to see how you did the hairand the facial features(specifically the mouth as I use blend shapes)

DumbDiamonds
Level 4
Apprentice Engineer
February 25, 2014, 4:42 pm

Do you think you could link the rig you used in the thumbnail?

CubicinCubic
Level 58
Grandmaster Architect
November 18, 2013, 4:04 pm

loool my build :D

zen2010
Level 1
New Miner
July 9, 2013, 8:00 pm

I've finished a project with a friend but we need some work on the end part. Can be better. Please get a hold of me.

frarf
Level 1
New Miner
April 25, 2013, 1:11 pm

First of all, love the blog. There's not that many people who use Maya to rig minecraft models, and the ones that do provide little to no documentation on how to do so. I've been using Maya for a while now. I understand the texturing, attributes, etc. pretty well now. The modeling and rigging is what's causing a lot of the delays on my current "movie" (if you can call it that) project type... thing. I've gotten my world exported into maya, and I fixed the lighting, textures, and transparency. I've come to a bit of a block when it comes to modeling my characters though. Clearly you know what you're doing here. Would you happen to have a youtube channel or anything I could subscribe to? (I already subscribed to THIS though :P)

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
May 5, 2013, 11:25 am

Hey, thanks for the compliments :) I haven't been online much lately and although my friends have suggested I start a youtube channel around this, I haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I should push to make a guide on rigging here?

Cal_Gaming
Level 24
Expert Geek
November 18, 2012, 8:48 am

Can you do a tutorial on how you use all of these?

HotterThanSnow
Level 3
Apprentice Explorer
November 9, 2012, 6:59 pm

For Autodesk maya, and 3ds max, you can get free student licenses of them that as far as I know have all of the same features. Both are great programs, but I believe autodesk maya is probably the best program to use. Although, it is a more complicated program to use than others in my opinion. Blender is a great program to use as well, and can make some of the smoothest animations there are. I have been using Cinema 4D for the past few months though, and really enjoy its features for animating as well as modeling due to its simplicity.

Horrid
Level 35
Artisan Nerd
November 13, 2012, 12:57 pm

It's the same program a code cant change the program...

awesomedude11711
Level 26
Expert Geek
November 9, 2012, 5:56 pm

hmmm



ill try later

TheRealPhinex
Level 1
New Explorer
November 9, 2012, 5:54 pm

So, is there an easy way to make simple minecraft avatars with blender, such as in the picture for this blog?

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 6:30 pm

I actually don't know how good Blender's rigging capabilities are, so you'll have to look that up yourself :/. As for "simple", the rig in the thumbnail isn't simple in any way shape or form compared to what most Minecraft modelers will make. The one in the thumbnail has fully customizable eyes, eye lids (top & bottom), eye brows, upper and lower teeth; upper and lower jaws, lips, bendable and moveable arms and legs, and a completely custom hair layer that's not derived from the texture of the skin. The bow and arrow are simple, however. All I did to make those was take an image of both textures, grab a 16x16 plane and extrude it to make it thicker and thinner in parts.

RamiMr007
Level 10
Journeyman Hunter
November 26, 2012, 6:49 am

yo can u help me making the intro for a youtuber i realy like minecraft and i realy want to win that gift code and thnx :)

Snowy
Site Moderator
Level 55
Grandmaster Hero
November 15, 2012, 7:19 pm

so a basic rig. What sort of structural base (if any) did you give the arms?

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 15, 2012, 8:21 pm

Just a standard internal skeleton with nurbs surface splits on the elbows so it can bend "naturally".

Snowy
Site Moderator
Level 55
Grandmaster Hero
November 15, 2012, 8:30 pm

nice.

Blender
Retired Moderator
Level 62
High Grandmaster Pyro
November 9, 2012, 4:35 pm

Which program to use... ;)

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 4:37 pm

Maya, Mr. Blender. XD

P.S. I LOVE your skins :)

jabbaman3
Level 1
New Miner
November 9, 2012, 11:41 am

The idea sound great though it might be very laggy for some people

mrhow2minecraft
Level 54
Grandmaster Taco
November 9, 2012, 9:16 am

You should have mentioned Chunky. It makes awesome renders. Check out my server post, Rangers PvP, for some examples.

cirquo_2
Level 2
Apprentice Pirate
November 9, 2012, 11:10 am

Chunky... Well, this is just my opinion, but it's like a "noob-tool". The quality is just terrible, it looks like it doesn't have ambient occlusion at all. And sky and water are just terrible too :/ I prefer Cinema 4D

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 11:27 am

Cinema4D is preferred with a lot of amateur designers due to it's fast, easy layout and quick renders. Maya is better, however it's a lot bulkier and slower than C4D because it has so many options. You can literally fake any look in Maya, whereas in C4D when you start layering textures it begins to have issues when the final production render comes out. Thanks for informing that poor soul about Chunky though. I only mentioned the mention-able programs ^^.

mrhow2minecraft
Level 54
Grandmaster Taco
November 9, 2012, 11:31 am

Yeah but considering chunky is free and super easy to use, it's the go-to program for many. I have C4D and I like the output in it better, but Chunky is quick and can get any render started in 3 minutes.

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 11:34 am

Like Cirquo said though, Chunky produces extremely low quality renders as compared to Maya and C4D. It's not even worth mentioning in the blog it's so terrible compared to the other 4 programs.

mrhow2minecraft
Level 54
Grandmaster Taco
November 10, 2012, 7:49 am

Alright, I'm completely open to the fact that I may be wrong, but I just think that something like [size=10pt]this[/size] looks really nice. If you know how to use Chunky, it can be a very easy-to-use and simple program. The others cost money, while Chunky doesn't, and the others may require some tutorials or knowledge, while Chunky is fairly self explanatory. I feel that Chunky should be mentioned as a program for beginner renderers.

Feel free to prove me wrong, as I'm open to that possibility.

Matin Firas
Level 21
Expert Dragonborn
November 9, 2012, 1:46 am

My Dream Is Animating minecraft!!! this is PERFECT ^_^
this post deserve 100 diamond and 100 subs and 100 favorite! BRAVO!!!!

Mechanic77
Level 34
Artisan Skinner
November 9, 2012, 12:22 am

Where do you get the minecraft rigs?

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 5:11 am

I made the rigs. Sethbling's Bite-sized Minecraft has great references you can make and base your rigs off of though. That's what I did.

LOLDA
Level 45
Master Ninja
November 8, 2012, 10:27 pm

._. I remember 3 days ago when you first posted the blog. Such a distant memory....

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 10:32 pm

I remember 3 days ago when you were one of my first subscribers. ^^

People sub'd to me too quickly to do a formal 100 sub special so keep an eye out (next week?) for my next blog, and boy will you guys love it :).

LOLDA
Level 45
Master Ninja
November 9, 2012, 5:14 pm

lol, kk

plyr
Level 56
Grandmaster Pyro
November 8, 2012, 4:56 pm

Very nicely written (I've seen quite a few blogs on here and they're all great, but this is great). Can't wait to see the rest of your work.

Also, be sure to check your PM's. ^-^

Anakai
Level 1
New Crafter
November 8, 2012, 4:07 pm

this.. is what everyone's been going on about? Jesus, whatever happened to the blog section..

LuisGoldacre
Site Moderator
Level 60
High Grandmaster Pokemon
November 8, 2012, 5:38 pm

Considering you have only uploaded one blog and that was just a picture, I really don't think you are one to talk...

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 4:58 pm

What do you mean by that?

JohnnyTk64
Level 52
Grandmaster Pyro
November 8, 2012, 12:30 pm

Wow, 1 post and you are already level 13 with 100+ subscribers, congrats

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 12:32 pm

Thanks!

RamiMr007
Level 10
Journeyman Hunter
November 9, 2012, 3:01 am

1 thing
no one can use maya very well and no one is making a good totorial for it

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 7:22 am

That's because it's such a huge program that takes years to learn and even more to master. I've been using Maya for 5 years and learn something new every time I start a new project, even today. Nobody is going to make a tutorial for "learning maya", which is why they have college level classes specifically to teach you the basics of the program. So I won't be making any tutorials on how to use these programs. I'm not holding you guys' hands, only showing you the way.

RamiMr007
Level 10
Journeyman Hunter
November 9, 2012, 10:13 am

:( even a very small tiny totorial of the basic of the basic of the basic of the basic of the basic of the basics of maya??:D

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 10:52 am

That's the thing. You can go watch YouTube for Maya basics that would be 10 times more informative than what I could write out. The thing that you're probably having trouble with is looking at those YouTube tutorials and figuring out how to translate them into something minecraft-related, am I right? Everything in Maya is inferred. Minecraft models are basically simplified versions of what everyone else is doing.

RamiMr007
Level 10
Journeyman Hunter
November 9, 2012, 10:57 am

exactly it so hard i don't know even how to make a 3d pic of my character like you did on that blog picture

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 9, 2012, 10:58 am

The only reason I'm able to do that is because I've interned doing character modeling. You'll get it some day. You just have to watch a lot of tutorials. ^^

mzkitty1920
Level 1
New Crafter
November 8, 2012, 12:10 pm

DIAMOND!

Capt_Marvel
Level 18
Journeyman Taco
November 8, 2012, 7:47 am

Woow! only one submission and already 100 subs, which include Cyprezz's sub! :0
I'm jelly!

However, awesome job Aldrea! :D Diamond Sub and Fav! :3

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 8:53 am

Thanks! ^^

Capt_Marvel
Level 18
Journeyman Taco
November 8, 2012, 8:32 pm

^^

tallsan
Level 20
Expert Toast
November 8, 2012, 7:14 am

i just gave u ur 100th sub :D

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 7:19 am

Wow! Thanks! ^^

Shinxgod
Level 13
Journeyman Hunter
November 8, 2012, 6:18 am

heh I think i gotta try some of these now X3

psycopom
Level 36
Artisan Pirate
November 8, 2012, 2:10 am

is that sakura holding the bow?????

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 7:18 am

No, it's my custom skin.

Be-Sure
Level 1
New Miner
November 8, 2012, 2:06 am

Think blender's good enough for world renders. I'm using it too (not for MC) and it's easy in use, once you learned it. +Maya is expensive.

Anyway, great blog! keep going, i'll add another diamond ;)

pigonge
Level 69
High Grandmaster Bunny
November 8, 2012, 2:05 am

This is more like what you need to render minecraft in 3D environment.

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 8, 2012, 7:19 am

That's what the article was intended for. The thumbnail was just a catch.

wolfgang798
Level 44
Master Necromancer
November 7, 2012, 7:25 pm

Nice Diamond , fav And of couse a sub

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 7, 2012, 7:26 pm

You're too awesome :D

pantsonfire3000
Level 15
Journeyman Dragonborn
November 7, 2012, 2:43 pm

THNX A BUNCH DIAMOND

megustaQUESO
Level 18
Journeyman Nerd
November 7, 2012, 2:36 pm

Clearly you know what you are talking about and give good advice. You should make more blogs, as this one is awesome :)

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 7, 2012, 3:19 pm

Thank you! I'm planning on it ^^

richie9100
Level 12
Journeyman Taco
November 7, 2012, 2:16 pm

Diamond* x3

Cal_Gaming
Level 24
Expert Geek
November 7, 2012, 11:57 am

Witch 3d modeling program cost less/and or is free?

Alderea
Level 20
Expert Taco
November 7, 2012, 1:22 pm

As I said in my blog, Blender is free.

Cal_Gaming
Level 24
Expert Geek
November 7, 2012, 1:31 pm

Ty :) (Btw nice blog)

Seska Rotan
Chat Moderator
Level 32
Artisan Grump
November 7, 2012, 11:36 am

[size=10pt]Well, [/size]Ma'am, for a first submission, this certainly contains everything that I'd expect from an experienced Member. Impressive structuring, great presentation and definitely not missing that quality content that makes any piece of work worth looking at.

If you keep your submissions to this kind of standard, you will go far on PMC. :)

~ Seska

PS - You've earned yourself a Subscriber.

epicfailtv2012
Level 6
Apprentice Artist
November 7, 2012, 8:27 am

haha i saw this yesterday very nice maybe checkout my projects and diamond?

blackhawk185
Level 31
Artisan Skinner
November 7, 2012, 6:13 am

ONE post. And you are level 9. That is absolutely 153% incredible.

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 28
Expert Princess
November 7, 2012, 4:48 am

Very good job on this! I love the presentation and you cover the discussed topic well!

Grampa
Level 1
New Miner
November 7, 2012, 3:03 am

o o o o o o o o
SWEET! I just got a free Minecraft card code at (Ad link removed); o o o o o o o

blackhawk185
Level 31
Artisan Skinner
November 7, 2012, 6:12 am

Sweet! I just got a life at (Remove your head from your @$$)

MinerDiner123
Level 32
Artisan Musician
November 7, 2012, 3:23 am

Seems Legit.

Candlebor
Chat Moderator
Level 28
Expert Princess
November 7, 2012, 4:47 am

Pwnt. Grampa offering a free minecraft giftcode? :P

Arty
Level 41
Master Grump
November 6, 2012, 8:41 pm

Love It

min3craftkill3r
Level 37
Artisan Elf
November 6, 2012, 8:11 pm

Hmm, you should at least post a link to some tutorials on 3d modeling, but diamond, and yes, now I am a copic

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