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avatar Alderea
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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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135 replies

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03/09/2017 9:27 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Miner
WAFFLES TASTE GOOD
I use the student version of Maya. Is there a way I can model an item in Maya, and use the item in a resource pack? Thanks!
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03/25/2016 4:27 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Crafter
proskintexturemaker
idk know if any one saw but she has a pretty cute face
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01/05/2015 9:45 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Minecrafting_MAYA
Hi there! I am working on a model that involves #D hair on my minecraft character, as well as dynamics for it. I cant seem to find a tutorial on how to make that type of dynamics! Do you know a tutorial that could help?
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05/05/2014 1:26 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Mage
SlR_Moretz
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)
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02/25/2014 9:42 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Engineer
DumbDiamonds
Do you think you could link the rig you used in the thumbnail?
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11/18/2013 9:04 pm
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Architect
CubicinCubic
loool my build :D
1
07/10/2013 12:00 am
Level 1 : New Miner
zen2010
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.
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04/25/2013 5:11 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
frarf
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)
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05/05/2013 3:25 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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?
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11/18/2012 1:48 pm
Level 28 : Expert Geek
Cal_Gaming
Can you do a tutorial on how you use all of these?
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11/09/2012 11:59 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Explorer
HotterThanSnow
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.
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11/13/2012 5:57 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Nerd
Horrid
It's the same program a code cant change the program...
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11/09/2012 10:56 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Geek
awesomedude11711
hmmm



ill try later
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11/09/2012 10:54 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
TheRealPhinex
So, is there an easy way to make simple minecraft avatars with blender, such as in the picture for this blog?
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11/09/2012 11:30 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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.
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11/26/2012 11:49 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Hunter
RamiMr007
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 :)
1
11/16/2012 12:19 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
so a basic rig. What sort of structural base (if any) did you give the arms?
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11/16/2012 1:21 am
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
Just a standard internal skeleton with nurbs surface splits on the elbows so it can bend "naturally".
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11/16/2012 1:30 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
nice.
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11/09/2012 9:35 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Pyro
Blender
Which program to use... ;)
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11/09/2012 9:37 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
Maya, Mr. Blender. XD

P.S. I LOVE your skins :)
1
11/09/2012 4:41 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
jabbaman3
The idea sound great though it might be very laggy for some people
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11/09/2012 2:16 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Taco
mrhow2minecraft
You should have mentioned Chunky. It makes awesome renders. Check out my server post, Rangers PvP, for some examples.
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11/09/2012 4:10 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Pirate
cirquo_2
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
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11/09/2012 4:27 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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 ^^.
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11/09/2012 4:31 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Taco
mrhow2minecraft
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.
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11/09/2012 4:34 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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.
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11/10/2012 12:49 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Taco
mrhow2minecraft
Alright, I'm completely open to the fact that I may be wrong, but I just think that something like this 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.
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11/09/2012 6:46 am
Level 28 : Expert Dragonborn
Matin Firas
My Dream Is Animating minecraft!!! this is PERFECT ^_^
this post deserve 100 diamond and 100 subs and 100 favorite! BRAVO!!!!
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11/09/2012 5:22 am
Level 39 : Artisan Skinner
Mechanic77
Where do you get the minecraft rigs?
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11/09/2012 10:11 am
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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.
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11/09/2012 3:27 am
Level 48 : Master Ninja
LOLDA
._. I remember 3 days ago when you first posted the blog. Such a distant memory....
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11/09/2012 3:32 am
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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 :).
1
11/09/2012 10:14 pm
Level 48 : Master Ninja
LOLDA
lol, kk
1
11/08/2012 9:56 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
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. ^-^
1
11/08/2012 9:07 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
Anakai
this.. is what everyone's been going on about? Jesus, whatever happened to the blog section..
1
11/08/2012 10:38 pm
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
Luis
Considering you have only uploaded one blog and that was just a picture, I really don't think you are one to talk...
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11/08/2012 9:58 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
What do you mean by that?
1
11/08/2012 5:30 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Pyro
JohnnyTk64
Wow, 1 post and you are already level 13 with 100+ subscribers, congrats
1
11/08/2012 5:32 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
Thanks!
1
11/09/2012 8:01 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Hunter
RamiMr007
1 thing
no one can use maya very well and no one is making a good totorial for it
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11/09/2012 12:22 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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.
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11/09/2012 3:13 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Hunter
RamiMr007
:( 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
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11/09/2012 3:52 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
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.
1
11/08/2012 5:10 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
mzkitty1920
DIAMOND!
1
11/08/2012 12:47 pm
Level 23 : Expert Taco
Capt_Marvel
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
1
11/08/2012 1:53 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
Thanks! ^^
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11/09/2012 1:32 am
Level 23 : Expert Taco
Capt_Marvel
^^
1
11/08/2012 12:14 pm
Level 25 : Expert Toast
tallsan
i just gave u ur 100th sub :D
1
11/08/2012 12:19 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea
Wow! Thanks! ^^
1
11/08/2012 11:18 am
Level 20 : Expert Hunter
Shinxgod
heh I think i gotta try some of these now X3

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