View Full Version : 3D modelling and textures

10-11-2005, 07:08 AM
okay I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this post... if I'm wrong I'm sure this thread can be moved...

anyway I'm looking to start 3D modelling as a hobby... start with making things like matchboxes etc...

what sort of software do I need? and what kind of a camera should I have for taking pictures for textures etc?


10-11-2005, 07:24 AM
There was a 3D modelling program called Gmax, that could be downloaded for free and from Discreet (the creator of 3D Studio Max), but just yesterday I read that this program no longer exist. But there sure are several good low budget programs around, just don't expect them to be as powerful as bigger and costlier software like 3D studio, Lightwave and Maya.
That was the great thing about Gmax, it was suprisingly close to Max, and free!!! But surely you can find it still somewhere, problem is,Discreet have to authorize your copy. That might turn out to be a problem if the software oficially is removed from the marked.
As for camera... any kind of med to high resolution camera wil do, but if you have Photoshop or something similar, you can always create many nice textures yourself, and of course I shouldn't mention it, but there's always a internet close to your computer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Good luck

10-11-2005, 08:10 AM
AC3D is a very good and cheap program (about 60 USD), you can download a free demo that last 14 days.


It's one of the tools currently being used for doing 3d models in thet Targetware series of sims.

I use it and is very simple and intuitive.


10-11-2005, 09:00 AM
Havent tried it myself, but if your on a tight budget; Blender is free http://www.blender.org

10-11-2005, 09:17 AM

It depends on the import format file for the program/game that you would participate.

About FB games, I think that it must be 3DS format file (3DSMax format ?). But some 1C collaborators couls give you a precise answer.

Very few free or cheap softwares can (import/)EXPORT this supposed format file without any integration problems...
Oleg's specifications are crucial.

And you must work with a BOUGHT LICENSE.

Texturing : JASC Paintshop pro, Adobe Photoshop and The Gimp (which is free) are the main softwares.



10-12-2005, 05:39 AM
thanks so much for the replies everyone... I'd heard of Gmax... too bad it's no longer available. I'll look into things some more. thanks again everyone. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif