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How to use Chunky: The rendering program

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Opening Chunky

When you first open chunky, you are going to select a world, its easy.

Select your world by browsing through your minecraft saves or other files.

Selecting an area

When selecting an area you left click and a red box highlighting where you clicked will appear. It is measured by chunks. Select over your area of what you want to take a picture of. Make sure to get the whole area.

Like so....


To start a new shot

First after selecting the region of where you want to take an image of click "New Scene".

Then choose your world file.


Image Settings

To make your image good size, set your canvas width and height like so and then click "Make Default".

Also you need to set the SPP Target, which is pretty much how good the picture will look, the higher the target the better the picture. Default is 1000 SPP, that is fine, but it will take some time. Choosing a target like 500 will still be a great picture, and not take as long. So just play around with it and find your target.

Positioning the shot

When you clicked "New Scene" it will bring up the render preview window.

(Not actual size)


The render preview lets you fly around with the normal controls as if you are playing minecraft. It lets you fly around the selected region you chose earlier. So find a good view of what you are about to take a picture of and then stop moving.


Lighting with chunky can be a bit tricky, because while in preview mode, it does not show what it will actually look like. So usually to test it I start the render and if I need to change the settings, I click the "Halt" button.

To change the lighting settings, click "lighting" at the top of the render controls window.

After going to the Lighting page, turn off Emitters by un-checking the box.

Then set the sun intensity to your desire along with the sun azimuth and altitude. The sun azimuth is where the sun is and the altitude is the height of the sun. The azimuth will determine where shadows will be.


Rendering the picture

After your are done setting up everything and changing the lighting to your desired position, it is time to start the rendering. Just simply click the "start" button when you're ready.


While rendering you won't be able to do much on your computer, because this uses pretty much all the power your computer has. So while it is rendering, just watch T.V, go outside, listen to music, etc. Depending on your SPP Target the time of the render differs. On average the 1000 SPP Target takes about 10-15 minutes.

Finished product

After the render is complete, your computer will speed back up to its original speed. Here is an example of a finished product.

Adding Texture Packs(Optional)

You can add texture packs to chunky to give it a better look than the default look of minecraft. This is also very easy.

Click the options page, then click "Load Texture Pack" it will then let you browse through your texture packs you have in your texture pack folder in your .minecraft folder. Just select the texture pack you want to use and then it will enable that texture pack in the next picture you take.


Lower quality finished product using the texture pack Spahx PureBDCraft.


Thanks for reading, I hope this helped you much. I prefer using this instead of shading mods. This is much easier. I learned what I know about chunky from Vrej. Don't forget to diamond, subscribe, and favorite. Thanks!
CreditVrej Nrub(Creator) Sphax

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Update #2 : 02/28/2014 5:34:20 pmFeb 28th, 2014

updated: removed some un needed text.

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When i try to render a world some blocks only appear like red error blocks (idk what to call it) and its not just one or two its like half of the blocks on my build, its like stairs and slabs and sandstone... anyone know a fix? i have no idea.
nvm i just changed texture pack and now it works, strange
  • apuah
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  • November 6, 2016, 2:16 pm
If you have an entity, how do you change the skin of it?
  • _September_
  • Level 28
  • Expert Archer
  • October 16, 2016, 11:07 am
Nice, thanks! I got Chunky yesterday and this is the first actually helpful article!
  • Steven-Lukes
  • Level 21
  • Expert Engineer
  • August 21, 2016, 2:27 pm
can I use it on a server? if so how?
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
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  • September 9, 2016, 9:16 am
You can't use it on a server, but if you can get the world file the server uses then, yes, you can.
  • Thorn713
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  • June 2, 2016, 5:06 am
  • brianmelon
  • Level 27
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 30, 2015, 4:44 pm
Really appreciate this guide!
  • DylzCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Answer
  • October 29, 2014, 9:57 am
Is there any way to select an entire area? Not just clicking block by block?
Thanks for that tutorial dude it helped me to render my ADV map called "The Playgroud" that is coming soon!
  • FahdQaiser
  • Level 49
  • Master Unicorn
  • June 29, 2014, 3:50 pm
when i change texture packs, it still stays as default. How can i resolve this?
  • KDA327
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • May 23, 2013, 2:42 pm
Thanks man this is really helpful but could you pm me and tell me how to add a texture pack?
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
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  • May 23, 2013, 2:44 pm
I'll add that to the tutorial.
  • KDA327
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • May 23, 2013, 2:51 pm
Wow man thanks!!!!
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
  • Expert Network
  • May 23, 2013, 2:59 pm
There ya go, added the Texture pack step.
Thank you for sharing. I hadn't heard of this, and my computer chokes on shader mods, so my screenshots always turn out horribly. Now I finally have a way to get some good pics myself.
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
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  • May 23, 2013, 1:22 pm
You are very welcome!
  • OnlyIn5DYT
  • Level 34
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  • May 23, 2013, 12:51 pm
Oh my god thank you for making this. You are awesome!
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
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  • May 23, 2013, 1:22 pm
You're welcome!
Thanks. Now I know how Chunky works.
  • auben2k
  • Level 26
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  • May 23, 2013, 11:23 am
You're welcome

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