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avatar iWilliBlecha
Level 50 : Grandmaster Architect

Hey Blockheads out there!

Wellcome to my little tutorial!
I going to show you, how to render a 3D image of your Minecraft World.

We will use the Tool "Chunky", which is an all in one Tool, so we need no other programms.

But, before we begin, please excuse my English, I'm an austrien Crafter and I tried my best!
Now let us begin!
What we need:
  • A Minecraft World to Render.
  • A Texture Pack of your choice
  • The Tool "Chunky"
  • A Sky Panorama

Download Chunky here: Windows / Mac OSX

scaledphpserverampfilenamepacktjpng Step 1: Download and open your World

Click to open!
After you dowloaded Chunky, use WinRar or a other Zip programm to unpack it.
Then start Chunky.bat or Chunky.dmg if you're a Mac User.

Now you will see this Window:


The left side shows the map in a top down view. But I think that's clear.
And on the right side we find the settings.

To start, click on "Select World" and open your World. Then click on "View", and chosse by "Map View" "Surface" and by "Dimenson" the typ you want.

After that, click on "Options" and "Load Texture Pack" You can use every Texture you want, as long as it is not bigger then x256. (by x256 it could take a few secounds to load)

Now you have to select Chunks. All selected Chunks will be rendert, so be sure you choose all you need.
To choose Chunks, just hold shift and click with your mouse on the map on the right side. All selected Chunks will be marked red.

Should look like that:


scaledphpserverampfilenamepacktjpng Step 2: Render Settings

Click to open!

So weit so gut (this is german and means "So far, so good")
Now click on "3D Render" and "New Scene" and choose the direction where you want the render it.
Then name the 3D Scene.

Now you see this windows:


The right window is a preview of your image and the left side show you all settings.

First, we will change the size of the end image.
"Canvas width" and "Canvas height" are 400 by default, this means the end image will be 400x400.
For example, we will change in to 1200x800. Then click on "Set Canvas Size"


Now you have to choose the position you want to render. Notice: The Preview shows exactly what you will see on the end image. To move in the position you want, click into the right window, move with your mouse and your keyboard buttons "W""S""A""D" until you see what you want.

Now we take a look at this:


Gamma correction should always be enabled. "Still water" and "Clear water" are only important, if you have watewr on your image. If you enable "Still water", then Chunky wont render little waves and if you enable "Clear water", the water will be transparent. Biome colour only if you want. Important is the last one. If you have a powerfull PC / Mac, set frame on 500, but if you have a old / bad PC / Mac, set it on 100 or 50.

Next step is "Lighting"


Here you can experiment until you like the result. Depending on your flavor.
NOTE: If you want glowing Glowstone and torches, put "Ermitter intensity" to the max!

Then, "Sky"


Very important is the "Load Skymap" feature. Here you can use every image you want. This image will replace the normal "Minecraft Sky". "Unload Skymap" will delete the image and restore the normal "Minecraft Sky".
You can find some nice ones here!
"Atmosphere will add a weak fog to the image and volumetric fog will add a strong fog to the image.

Befor we take a look at "Camera", we will click on "Advanced:


Here you can experiment too. If your world is under water, you need to enable "Water World Mode".

So, now we come to "Camera"


If you already move the camera with mouse and keyboard, don't klick on one of the first two buttons!
The rest is to experiment again.

scaledphpserverampfilenamepacktjpng Step 3: Render and Save Image

Click to open!
Good, after we set everything up, we will render a image.


Click on "Start" and Chunky will start rendering your image. This could take only a few minutes, or up to 5 hours. You can always save the image by clicking on "Save Current Frame".
Notice! If you move the camera or chance anything, the rendering will restart!.

Well, thats all! Now you can use Gimp or Photoshop or whatever to edit your image!

(This image needed 80.000 renderimages!)


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CreditThx to Jesper Öqvist for this awesome tool!

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Update #3 : 09/23/2012 4:20:45 amSep 23rd, 2012

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  • blitzscrank
  • Level 74
  • Legendary Pokemon
  • July 16, 2014, 12:24 pm
the images no longer show anything for me? :(
  • Shquaz
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • July 3, 2015, 12:50 pm
for me too!?
  • Vantage
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Architect
  • July 4, 2014, 2:29 am
300! Diamonds :D
  • DylzCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Answer
  • April 30, 2014, 10:55 pm
Thanx Soooo much! Diamond to you
  • McArcadex
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Network
  • March 10, 2014, 2:50 pm
Thanks alot, i used shaders before, but this is fantasic, i have no word, thanks alot, diamond to you :)
Can someone please tell me why I can't load Modern HD as the texture pack? I have it in zip and still nothing happens D:
  • andyjk15
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • September 1, 2013, 7:08 am
YES!!! A fellow assassin!
Instant diamond
  • bigfootcz
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • February 10, 2013, 10:29 am
I can't run this Chunky thing at all. I tried updating Java and adding the java.exe path to the chunky.bat. Either doesn't help, DOS window pops out and then it closes itself in the moment. I'm on W7, any suggestions, guys?
Don't touch the Chunky.bat! After installation open the "Chunky launcher"
  • Radmite
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • June 19, 2013, 4:16 pm
This may be a bit late, but I have the same problem and have tried the same solution. If you have the correct solution, please message back. Thanks :D
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 13, 2013, 7:57 am
What is the SSP target? I see it is default 1000. Should that be higher or lower? Can someone explain its purpose?
  • Avalanche_Ali
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • May 27, 2013, 5:52 am
SPP target is samples per pixel. this basically determines how grainy/smooth your image is. the higher the number the less grainy it is, though this comes with a consequence as larger numbers will take a considerably long amount of time
My computer renders 3000 in 1h
Thanks man, btw, i only needed this for the width! but amazing presentaition! u showed me things i didn't even know ;)
Very good guide! this helped me alot and allowed me to develop my first render that I love! One thing you could add is images of you doing each process because for me the image I had throught the adjustment stages was quite pixilated and sketchy and i thought it was going to turn out like that, but then it all smoothed out in the end. So maybe tell people that it smooths out or add images, just a suggestion. Unless this was just my rubbish computer xD
  • CrossingWolf
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Architect
  • November 18, 2012, 1:29 am
Thats awesome!! Thank you so much <3
  • Googles_
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Sailor
  • November 14, 2012, 10:03 pm
oh thank you soo much for this nice tutorial SUB, DIAMOND and FAVOURITE for YOU!!!!!!
Thanks! I was wondering how players had such nice pictures...
  • ObbyCow77
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Lava Rider
  • October 10, 2012, 7:08 am
  • FlameVirus
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Architect
  • October 10, 2012, 4:37 am
Bye master! :D
  • Argenteus
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 5, 2012, 5:44 pm
Can you add instructions for Linux?
  • KhaosArts
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • September 30, 2012, 9:10 am
How did you get the lights coming out of your window in your final picture?

I posted the question in the sky castle build. My bad(:
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • September 30, 2012, 10:35 am
Well, thats very hard! I allready tired it myself and I needed 25.000 renders! (29 hours)
Nice Bro! :D
  • Vvardenfell
  • Level 26
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • September 15, 2012, 9:01 am
No way! Will? you did this?!
  • Aspiria
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Enderdragon
  • September 21, 2012, 3:35 am
whats harder to believe is he got 206 diamonds the most diamonds got in the Blog Contest and got 5th place! everyone else got below 60
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • September 15, 2012, 9:22 am
Yeah, i did this^^
  • zweistein2010
  • Level 24
  • Expert Architect
  • September 14, 2012, 5:33 am
Thank you this will help!!
Why didn't you get the third place?????
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • September 12, 2012, 11:10 am
One question ... your programm ? if not well done to get so much likes :)
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • September 12, 2012, 11:18 am
its not my programm^^
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • September 13, 2012, 5:11 am
ok... erm i should do this too i mean 200 likes for someones programm? LOL
  • Bellaabzug21
  • Level 26
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • September 13, 2012, 6:50 pm
He's explaining how to use the program to make awesome minecraft pics.
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • September 14, 2012, 3:50 am
jes but its not his program and he has 200 likes so i think its funny :)
  • zweistein2010
  • Level 24
  • Expert Architect
  • September 14, 2012, 7:48 am
This is a tutoriall and not a mod ir programm so it's ok.
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • September 15, 2012, 3:55 am
jes but its still funny for me :)
  • TrizzyDip
  • Level 41
  • Master Dwarf
  • September 11, 2012, 11:28 am
200th diamond!
  • svdragster
  • Level 25
  • Expert Robot
  • September 11, 2012, 6:02 am
What is SPP Target?
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 4, 2012, 9:14 am
I get noise on the final image from the lighting, is this normal?
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • September 4, 2012, 9:29 am
no, it isn't.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 4, 2012, 10:33 am
Figured it out, the emitters were numerous (glowstone blocks) so there was a lot of noise which would've required a lot more rendering time! thanks!
Diamonds to you.
  • spike43884
  • Level 23
  • Expert Taco
  • August 29, 2012, 9:14 am
i just almost fell of my swivvle chair when i saw your final image (surely with these simple steps you cant get that can you!)AMAZING AND YOU CAME ON LEADERBOARD!!!wow congrats!!!(sadly i didnt get on leaderboard)
  • Unnatural
  • Level 20
  • Expert Toast
  • August 20, 2012, 6:37 pm
sooo slow, but worth it
  • Level 1
  • New Creeper Hugger
  • August 18, 2012, 1:25 am
I cant Download It It says :
Lost something?

[size=12px][color=rgb(51,51,51)]This page does not exist, or you may not have permission to see it.[/color][/size]

[size=12px][color=rgb(51,51,51)]If you have been to this page before, it is possible it has been removed.[/color][/size]

[size=12px][color=rgb(51,51,51)]If you got here from a link elsewhere on Launchpad, sorry about that. Weo ve recorded the problem, and weo ll fix it as soon as we can.[/color][/size]

[size=12px][color=rgb(51,51,51)]Otherwise, complain to the maintainers of the page that linked here.[/color][/size]

[size=12px][color=rgb(51,51,51)]If this is blocking your work, let us know by asking a question at [color=rgb(0,51,170)]Launchpad Support[/color] . Include the error ID in your message.[/color][/size]
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 19, 2012, 5:32 am
Download link is fixed!
  • Level 1
  • New Creeper Hugger
  • August 19, 2012, 7:16 am
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 18, 2012, 1:58 am
Sry, the creator updated the tool and the old link is broken and I can't change the link until the contest is over.
  • bobgil
  • Level 48
  • Master Nether Knight
  • August 17, 2012, 8:44 am
  • Th3_5UDD3N
  • Level 28
  • Expert Nerd
  • August 16, 2012, 12:05 am
Whats the settings for the last pic? cause 1. it looks awesome! 2.i need a few like that for one of my projects!
my chunky.bat wont open it flashes the screen and thats all :/
  • Rekedens
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Architect
  • August 20, 2012, 11:01 am
Click the .jar file
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 15, 2012, 1:03 am
There is allready an answer for this problem. Search the comments for it.
Hi! I'm stuck with getting the view I want. I can only really look down on it not 'straight forward'. Could you help please? PS I'm on a Mac
Also, how do I use the skymap? It won't let me select my image? Thanks in advance :)
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 15, 2012, 1:04 am
Try to click on "Camera to Player" in the Camera settings.
  • cicacraft
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pokemon
  • August 11, 2012, 9:11 am
Can't download
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 11, 2012, 10:46 am
then google it! I can't do anything until the Contest is over. Sry
  • Mechanic77
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Skinner
  • August 10, 2012, 8:03 am
This is awesome :D
  • ilovemc
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 10, 2012, 5:33 am
It is an awesome tutorial and the renders are true HD, but the download link is broken :(
  • ilovemc
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 10, 2012, 5:54 am
Nevermind, I found the right link:
It is directly from the Minecraft formus. Your link is broken because this is a newer version.
Hey can you give me the forum link? (to the thread)
  • ilovemc
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 13, 2012, 8:52 am
page not found when i try to download chunky :(
Thank you so much for this, i will use this in my server advertisement images :D
  • Lord_Andre
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Explorer
  • August 8, 2012, 9:32 am
I love that last picture!
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 8, 2012, 9:37 am
It's pretty hard to do that! :/
  • Lord_Andre
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Explorer
  • August 8, 2012, 9:49 am
Yes, I think so. Thats why I love it!
  • arfix
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 8, 2012, 5:57 am
link for chunky is broken :'(
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • August 8, 2012, 5:57 am
I know. Contest is over soon, then I can add new ones
  • mega_franco
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 8, 2012, 12:50 am
Thank you so much sir. I just used this for my new project, if you like, just check it out. The renderings became really fascinating.
  • Moccraft
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Mage
  • August 7, 2012, 8:10 am
great tutorial very usefull
  • smanrt
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • August 7, 2012, 7:31 am
  • Jellyfishm
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • August 7, 2012, 1:11 am
Left a diamond and heres the comment :)

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