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3D Modeling and PMC

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Alderea's Avatar Alderea
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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. ^^




Wow! My first blog is already a popular blog ^^



Front page! Thank you guys so much!!!


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Fixed broken links : by Alderea 11/06/2012 12:09:32 amNov 6th, 2012

Links to external sites were broken. The issue's been fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

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03/09/2017 9:27 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Miner
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!
03/25/2016 4:27 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Crafter
proskintexturemaker's Avatar
idk know if any one saw but she has a pretty cute face
01/05/2015 9:45 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Minecrafting_MAYA's Avatar
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?
05/05/2014 1:26 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Mage
SlR_Moretz's Avatar
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)
02/25/2014 9:42 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Engineer
DumbDiamonds's Avatar
Do you think you could link the rig you used in the thumbnail?
11/18/2013 9:04 pm
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Architect
CubicinCubic's Avatar
loool my build :D
07/10/2013 12:00 am
Level 1 : New Miner
zen2010's Avatar
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.
04/25/2013 5:11 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
frarf's Avatar
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)
05/05/2013 3:25 pm
Level 24 : Expert Taco
Alderea's Avatar
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?
11/18/2012 1:48 pm
Level 29 : Expert Geek
Cal_Gaming's Avatar
Can you do a tutorial on how you use all of these?
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