View Full Version : Write A Tutorial - Post It Here - Get A Texture Cd In Return!
14-12-2003, 12:06 PM
How's this for a deal :)
We want 3DTotal to have the biggest collection of tutorials available on the net . .actually we may be already there! but we want more!!
I noticed over on CGChat that members were writing tutorials and posting them in the forums. See here http://www.cgchat.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=75
Well we want this too! and if your tutorials are good ones then we will format them and post them on 3DTotal with your credits and links or course and also we will send you 1 texture CD of your choice! (In a hope that you will write 3 tutes for the full set!)
I must stress though the quality of your tutorial must be high (like the ones currently on 3dtotal)
<edit - they also cant be very similar to ones we already have, we dont want another max beginners primatives only robot for example!>
Looking forward to seeing what turns up!
ps ask any questions here but post any tutorials in a new thread, thanks.
pss offer is now temporarily closed until we can set it up better, see my post at end of thread
14-12-2003, 02:06 PM
what an offer!
i was already thinking of writing tuts for 3dtotal and helping out people with the tricks i am aware of!.....
tom, i luv u for this offer, i greatly desire a texture CD...
WOHOOOOOOOOOO! here comes three classic tuts from me!
ps. i hope it wud tempt kuman to write a tut on the opera performer! maybe we can offer him 2 sets the 3 textures cds....heheh!
14-12-2003, 02:15 PM
i have a question!
how much time do u give us tom? i mean, how long is the offer of the texture Cd per tut?
14-12-2003, 02:32 PM
Geoman, the offer remains open until further notice but rest assured it will be open for quite a while.
What we are looking for are tutorials from all departments of 3d-art: modelling, texturing, animating, rigging, you name it!
But make sure you browse our archives before you start writing - there can only be some many tutorials on modelling a low-poly gun ;)
Looking forward to your ideas!
14-12-2003, 10:03 PM
what a great idea Tom :) the forums are such a boiling pot of styles and techniques, it should be a cool way to learn some tips and tricks from each other.
I wrote my first little tutorial the other day (to help someone in the WIP section)....which i doubt was anywhere near worthy of a texture CD. Would you still be interested in seeing such a tutorial, not in exchange for a CD but just for offering some handy hints to beginners???
15-12-2003, 12:03 AM
Im sure Chris would like to check out your tutorial ross_coe, as he's in charge of tutorials on 3DTotal, let him know the link.
15-12-2003, 10:06 AM
Is this valid for Brazil (South America)?
15-12-2003, 11:46 AM
Yes I have successfully sent cds to brazil before.
15-12-2003, 11:55 AM
Great. Tnks for the fast reply.
15-12-2003, 04:34 PM
Hehe u sure know how to motivate well don't u guys. But I think we all agree that a tutorial should be written primarily cuz u want to share your little peice of knowlede with the rest. Have been meaning to start a few tutorials for a while now. Just one question. erm. If we have no webspace to put them in or have limited ones is it possible to submit them with fairly scaled images somewhere? And what format would u preffer submissions in8 foc, html, pdf?)
15-12-2003, 04:40 PM
Hi Emperor, thanks for your interest, please post the tutorials in a new thread, follow the link I gave at the top their for an example on cgchat.com
15-12-2003, 04:44 PM
You can submit your finished tutorials to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll take a look at them instantly.
NOTE: Please ,don't send without warning me first, if I have my inbox blocked for an hour, IŽll see to get my own dead fish to slap the evil creature, who stuffed the inbox. ;)
Also, we don't really require any sort of layout. The tutorial should contain a text and a fair amount of images to go with, but how you arrange them doesn't matter.
You can write your text in MS Notepad and just indicate where the images go in brackets (like: image 1 here) or so. That will do.
It is also possible to submit tutorials written in German, if you aren't capable of writing english fluently. We can translate that without trouble. Lithuanian would work too.
If you feel your English is not good enough for writing a text as complex as a tutorial (can be), let us know, we can correct finished texts or help in the process of creation.
15-12-2003, 05:37 PM
Allrightythen thats all I neede to know. Thanx a bunch guys :)
15-12-2003, 06:12 PM
the first and better option ofcourse is to post it here ;)
15-12-2003, 06:15 PM
i can offer you to translate text from german into english or serbian into english :D
live for the community :D
15-12-2003, 09:39 PM
It's a great idea Tom. ;)
I think I will write one. As I already have the v1 I just need to write 2 to get the full set :D
16-12-2003, 12:32 AM
super offer tom!.
I think I'll re-submit my procedural wood tutorial, with better renders tho.
I am still not clear as to how do you guys want me to post tus? send 'em on e-mail or post 'em in a new thread?
Also will you guys send cds to India?
I think 3dt is going to be the coolest collection of tuts anywhere
16-12-2003, 12:33 AM
oh! btw, is the offer open on only 3d or on 2d stuff as photoshop as well?
16-12-2003, 12:46 AM
You really have to post tutorials here so I can see them, then I can decide if they qualify for a CD, after this chris needs to have them to format them and post them on 3DTotal, so I will have a chat with him to see if he can grab them from here, to save you mailing them.
I think i can get CDs to India, it has been done sucessfully before! but I need to pay quite a lot for the more secure posting, so it is more economical for me to send 3 in one go . .so if your up for doing 3 tutorials that would be the best idea! and yes we like 2d as well as 3d :)
16-12-2003, 05:26 AM
Hey Tom, you never mentioned anything on tutorials for drawing/sketching.
I know its a 3d site....hense the name......
But U do have some painting tuts so would it be alright to make a drawing tutorial???
16-12-2003, 07:43 AM
Since 3d-artists need to have/develope skills from many fields of art, tutorials on drawing are welcome as well.
But they will only qualify for a cd, if they are useful for the 3d-artists here.
for example a tutorial on architectual or conceptual drawing, or a tutorial on drawing in perspective would be good; tutorials on painting on canvas using oil or acrylics is less good, allthough we'd still like to see them.
when writing a tutorial, concentrate on what you can do best, one great tutorial on a specific topic is better than plenty mediocre ones. :)
16-12-2003, 08:00 AM
im not a 3d genious.,..started it about 5 or 6 months ago, but i could write up a tuturial for begginers to learn from 1 tuturial how to model, uvw map, etc, basically low poly :)
16-12-2003, 08:16 AM
starwars, it is very nice to see that you are eager to help future beginners even at your early stage of modelling. that's very respectable (even though you are doing it for cd's ;):p)
ask yourself: what can i do best?
also you might want to try creating a tutorial about a tpic that you don't excell at because one can learn alot just by trying out how something works.
16-12-2003, 06:58 PM
How big should the tutorials be?
Is it enough with like modelling a nose, or do you have to do the whole head or even body?
16-12-2003, 07:07 PM
A great in-depth tutorial on modelling a single bodypart (for example a nose) can be by far longer than a rushed tutorial on modelling a whole body.
A tutorial about a nose could for exmaple explain what the human nose is structured like (anatomicaly speaking), how it compares with animal-noses. then explain one or possibly more ways of modelling such a smelling device.
The first aim here is to write tutorials that are udnerstabdable to those who read them, that you get a CD in return is a great, but don't forget the readers either, ok?
16-12-2003, 07:09 PM
Can you point an existing tutorial that qualify for a CD?
16-12-2003, 07:26 PM
eheheh i know im in a REALLY early stage of modeling, but i think i got the basics, and i want to write a tuturial so that otherz dont have to learn it in a lot of time :P the tuturial will just be for them to know max better :P
P.S - I prefer makin my own textures :):)
16-12-2003, 09:30 PM
Nearly all of the tutorials we have already on 3DTotal are of the quality we are after from you guys, also if you take an average size being about 2 or 3 of our pages then that is also what we are after.
Is this ok for you PiledotNET or a bit vague?
16-12-2003, 10:07 PM
Its ok. :max:
16-12-2003, 10:15 PM
Here's my contribution. It's my first tutorial. Hope you guys like it.
Sorry about it's location...
It's in the Tutorial folder of my briefcase.
16-12-2003, 11:19 PM
Thanks for offering this tutorial, I have a couple of points to make, firstly it is easier for us if you just just post plain images and text in the forum like I asked for in the initial thread and secondly I hate to say this but this isnt really what we are after. We already have 3 max total beginners tutorials on the site, that cover the same things.
Im not sure wether Chris will include it, as he is in charge of putting tutorials up on the site, so Im going to shy away from all responsibility and let him make the call.
Thanks all the same for you efforts
17-12-2003, 07:33 AM
if i won some cds, can i get them in pakistan?
17-12-2003, 09:58 AM
I can ship CDs to any country, its really a case of when they get to your country how good your own postal system is to get them to your door.
I dont think i have had a customer in Pakistan before so I cannot answer you 100% but we would try to send them.
17-12-2003, 11:55 AM
Many thanks for your submission.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with Tom, the topic of your tutorial is covered in our archive allready.
Everyone, please go through our archives before you submit a tutorial. Tutorial dealing with topics that are allready covered can not be awarded with a cd, unless they describe a whole new and innovative approach at the problem.
Another important issue that has allready been addressed but can't be stressed enough: we do need the submissions to be as little formated as possible. Put your valuable time into the writing of your article instead of desingin a smashing design for it. A text-file (word document, txt, rtf, etc.) with the pictures to go with does the trick more than well.
It is practically impossible for us to extract text and images from a pre-layed out tutorial that comes as a movie, flash animation, interactive flash or the like.
Posting your tutorials here on the forums is the easiest way to do.
Here's the way to go:
1. Pick a topic
2. write your tutorial, don't forget to take screengrabs along the way
3. open a new thread here on threedy forums (in the subforum titled "Tutorials")
4. for each step of your tutorial, post one reply to your own thread (way to boost your postcount ;))
attach each image you wish to include to the respective reply or upload them to your own server and provide as with the links.
I will be putting together a tutorial about writing a tutorial later today (or tonight). I'll let you know where it can be found as soon as it is there.
ive been assigned to write a character tutorial for a friend of mine's site, and Jenn pointed me to this thread on IRC. Ive checked the tutorial section and there is already a couple low-poly characters there, so i was wondering if there is room for another one. My tutorial will cover modeling, unwraping and texturing.
The texture cd's arent that important, but my human greed forces me to ask if there is any way i could get my hands on one by contributing this tutorial *cough*
So anyway here's the link to my model in in the WIP section http://forums.3dtotal.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13151
I saved it in steps (modelled one part, saved as a new file and started working on the next part) and will start writing it shortly. Of course the final result will judge whether it is good enough for a cd and all that, I just wanted to let you know. The final piece will be posted here in the tutorial section step by step as you suggested earlier.
17-12-2003, 04:32 PM
Yes Knut that deffinately looks like one we will be after. I have to contradict Chris a little and say we will take tuts that are of the same subject such as character modelling and the models will always be a little differerent and im sure everyone's approach differs a little too.
Its something like max basics of making a primative and dragging a preset material onto it that we cant have more than 1 of.
Hope this makes sence.
17-12-2003, 04:36 PM
Wah, you say this now!:!!!:
Just sent in my plant tutorial before a week? or when was it?
Should've waited a few days :(
But I'm currently writing a tutorial about something very useful (I think) I've never seen a tut about before ;) .
17-12-2003, 04:42 PM
Yes, that's true, thanks for correcting that, Tom.
If we'd only take material that isn't covered allready, we'd not be giving away too many cd's ;)
I will explain what exactly we are looking for in the tutorial, which will hopefuly not leave any questions unanswerd
17-12-2003, 05:45 PM
Send in your second tutorial Rinne and I will send you 2 CDs in return
thanks for the quick reply Tom, ill post it when it's finished. hopefully i'll have it nailed down in a few days.
17-12-2003, 06:25 PM
Thanks, Tom :) , that is very, very kind of you :)
I'm happy to the end of my life now:) :cool: :cool: :p :p
It may need a while till I'll finish it, it's my biggest one, and I just have finished part 1 of 4 before 5 minutes.
17-12-2003, 11:43 PM
ooh some texture cds would be very useful... hmm what sould i make a tut about :???: :halo:
18-12-2003, 02:16 AM
hey guys, i jsut acualy posted a tutorial in the tutorial section, and read this after, but if i can get a free cd out of the deal why not :D not sure if its good enough though for that
let me know what you think
19-12-2003, 01:09 PM
AnotherHell - can u turn it into an image and text based tute? Im afraid we dont host timelapse tutes at the moment.
19-12-2003, 06:01 PM
im acualy working on a new tutorial right now, it will be much mnore text based, making a guitar this time.
20-12-2003, 04:18 AM
Im afraid we dont host timelapse tutes at the moment.
damn, I have ALOT of video tutorials on my hd just waiting to be released to the public.
I think this is a good idea guys! I will do my best at a text tutorial. I have had my eye on CD2 since I first got into 3d. I will do my best, thanks for the offer!
22-12-2003, 01:58 PM
what if i do a tutorial about
1. modeling a chr.
2. meshing a chr.
3. skinning a chr.
i mean, if i split in into 3 parts, can i get all 3 awesome texture cds? :) deal? :)
22-12-2003, 02:00 PM
If all 3 parts are good and detailed then yes you can, check out current tutorials for an idea of quality.
22-12-2003, 02:11 PM
good to know :)
will see what i can do for you, but it'll take awhile since i don't have that much time atm
22-12-2003, 04:31 PM
I stopped my Tutorial and completely redid it!
well, I made the First part of the Project:
It's a tutorial about making a Lizard.
The first part includes:
1.Creating the Reference
2.Modelling the Lizard
3.Texturing the Lizard
4.Setting up the Bones
The second part will be:
-Making an environment
-maybe some other stuff
Well, get the First part here (http://home.arcor.de/rinne88/homepage/tutorials/LPP1.ace)
it's about 2MB
Mostly made using pictures, as always.
Hope you like it..
here's mine http://forums.3dtotal.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13502
ive explained it there =)
23-12-2003, 02:50 AM
ahem... what if you already have a tut on 3D Total, hehehehe, can you qualify for a CD then?!?! LOL ....... pleeeeeaaase!!
23-12-2003, 08:40 AM
Well hehe, here are my pathetic tutorials...Divided into three sections lol.
Well I hope that they are good enough. Pleeeeze.
They are to do with texturing and making metal textures in 3ds max.
(Prays that the tuts are good enough)
23-12-2003, 11:09 AM
Rinne, I had a CRC error on your ace-file. If it is possible, can you post the tutorial here in a new thread, attaching all images to replies?
karabo, if you write another tutorial for us, you'll recieve two cd's instead of one. Deal?
Everyone, if you have preciously written a tutorial and have submitted it to 3dtotal, you can recieve two cd's instead of one, if you write another tutorial for us and post it here!
23-12-2003, 02:38 PM
I posted a new thread with the downloadable *.doc file.
There are too many pictures for attaching, it are about 200.
Hope it works now.
the thread is called "The Lizard Project"
26-12-2003, 09:39 AM
hey, this looks like a great deal to me, shame I already bought the 3 CDŽs :D (awesome CDs btw, extremely handy :))
well, I plan to write a tutorial about making LEGO models in a correct scale etc (was requested a few weeks ago), and maybe there is a 4th cd out some day ;)
27-12-2003, 09:53 AM
Yes Psistorm, a fourth CD is coming :)
27-12-2003, 03:36 PM
Well, I wrote a new tutorial.
Now it's about making a Half Wireframe-half Solid Material with smooth seams. It's a very short one, but as I understood you my last one was too long by less quality? Well I hope this one has got a good quality and you enjoy reading.
293kb doc file (http://home.arcor.de/rinne88/homepage/tutorials/Face-Wire-Mat.doc)
27-12-2003, 03:59 PM
Rinne, you should realy write them in html. As far as I know its hard to take pictures from word documents. Try dreamweaver, its very easy to use. If you can use MS Word you can use dreamweaver.
Just a lil tip :)
27-12-2003, 05:40 PM
It's not really hard to take pictures from word.
In word you can save the files as html, and it will automatically save the pictures in a new folder, so you can take them.
I just saved them in word to reduce the filesize.
Now it's 293kb, in html it would be about 500!
28-12-2003, 12:26 PM
The offer is temporarily closed, except for all people working on current tutes, even if you have already started but not yet posted we will believe you ;). We have to spend a bit of time on setting this offer up so artists know just what is required of them. We are discussing new forum features and this will be one of them.
Thanks so far to everyone who has contributed here.
28-12-2003, 01:10 PM
rinne, isn't edgemap a plugin? i tried downloading and installing it once, but max6 didnt support it, do you know a version which does and where i can get it from? thanks.
if anyone else knows, plz share the info;)
28-12-2003, 01:23 PM
Yeah, it seems like it is. Hmm....didn't know this, sorry...
I think I got it from
28-12-2003, 03:45 PM
couldnt find it on the site you said for max6, but thanks for the site tho :D it's real cool
28-12-2003, 05:53 PM
ok, I have been working on one for a while. I'll post now so you know that I am doing one. I don't get much time to work on it so it will take a while :( but its a long one.
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