simple 3D clouds tutorial

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by liptonlover, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

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    I wrote a tutorial, using Blender 3D, on how to make clouds easily in Blender. It IS Blender specific, but I didn't use any special features of Blender as far as I know, so you can probably use it for Max3D or whatever you use. Feel free to share the tutorial, take credit for it, edit it, host it on your site, whatever. I don't mind at all. The link is right here.
    http://web.me.com/lipton_lover/Eversoft/Misc/Misc.html
    Enjoy!
    Nate
     
  2. Definity macrumors member

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    I'd agree, it's very very simple. Almost unusable in the real world.
     
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    Almost :confused: I'd have said unusable. I know blender is free and its not as powerful as 3DS Max etc but sometimes making a tutorial (implies indepth knowledge to me) on something that isn't really that good (sorry but I do 3D work for a living) probably isn't the best thing to do.

    Anyone who needs to do clouds in 3D will either use particles or texture map the scene background, unless of course they're doing a 'cartoon' style render in which case they would probably model a single 3d 'blob' shape and add a texture to suit styles.

    All the op has made is several white blurry circles (spheres) over each other which at best give a cloud shape. It may have worked better if there was gradient/fade/opacity etc in the sphere materials but even then it not really '3d' as its still on a 2d plane of the environment, a real cloud usually doesn't use just one direction to spread into. Everything that was done in blender could have been done in a few minutes using photoshop too.
     
  4. liptonlover thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it's called a simple cloud for a reason...

    I don't have in-depth knowledge of Blender in any way. This was just a literal midnight idea that actually made sense and worked in the morning. I know a really good cloud uses particles and all that, but this is for people who don't know how to use that stuff/don't want to [yet]. Also fooling around with the settings could produce better results. And some people don't have/don't want to use photoshop to create a cloud. Also my tutorial gives some basic knowledge of Blender.

    Anyways, you're both entitled to your opinions :)
     
  5. nakamuramori2 macrumors regular

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  6. Definity macrumors member

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    Just being polite.

    The wording and the steps you go through are clear. The end results just needs a lot more work for people to go through with it and actually want to use it.
     

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