How to Make 3D Art for Beginners (5 Easy Steps)

Create 3D artwork with Paint 3D’s tools

You can access all of Paint 3D’s painting and modeling tools through the toolbar by choosing Art tools, 3D, Stickers, Text, Effects, Canvas, or Remix 3D. 

Additionally, the ability to paint and position objects, several of those menus also allow you to create your own models and download those created by others.

In the following sections, I’ll walk you through a few simple ways to create 3D art in Paint 3D, whether it’s a logo, header or model for your website.

Tip: The toolbar can be used to access all of the built-in features of Paint 3D, but the menu option allows you to insert 3D models, save designs, and print them.

1. Draw 3D Objects


In Paint 3D, there is a 3D doodle section on the 3D toolbar. It lets you make 3D models freehand.

Providing depth is the purpose of the sharp edge tool. It’s easy to copy a shape from a 2D image and create a 3D object from there, or you can draw into a free area to create your own 3D object.

A soft edge tool is very similar to the hard edge tool, but it is for when you want to design an inflation effect where the edges are rounded instead of sharp.

When drawing with either tool, you can choose any color from the color options to the right before you begin drawing, or you can edit the color of an already drawn model by selecting Edit color from the menu.

The pop-up buttons and corners make it easy to move or shape a 3D doodle.

2. Import Pre-Made 3D Models


There are two approaches to creating 3D artwork from pre-made objects. It is possible to work with the built-in shapes, as well as to download simple or complex models from other Paint 3D users.

Five models can be imported directly onto your canvas from the 3D menu, which can be found in the 3D models section of the 3D menu. They are represented by a man, a woman, a dog, a cat, and a fish.

Shapes are included in the 3D objects section, which contains a total of ten more. Among the shapes available are the square, sphere, hemisphere, conical pyramid, tube-shaped capsule, curved-cylinder-shaped doughnut, and cone-shaped pyramid.

Another option for creating 3D models is to use models that have been downloaded from Remix 3D, which is an online community where people can share and download models for free.

This can be accomplished through the Remix 3D menu on the Paint 3D toolbar.

3. Use 3D Stickers


A few additional shapes can be found in the Stickers section of the toolbar but they are 2D. On 3D and 2D objects, you can also draw curves and lines.

Over 20 colorful stickers are available in the Stickers subsection. They can be applied to both 3D models and flat surfaces. Texture effects work in a similar manner as well.

Click the stamp button to apply the sticker to the model once the sticker is positioned where you want it.

4. Write Text in 3D


The text tool in Paint 3D is available in both 2D and 3D versions. It is found under the Text toolbar.

Using the side menu, select colors, font types, sizes, and alignment. You can adjust each character individually, as shown here.

Due to the fact that 3D text objects can move off of flat surfaces, you can adjust their position relative to other objects just as you can with any 3D model.

To do this, select the text and use the pop-up buttons around it.

5. Convert 2D Images Into 3D Models


Using an existing picture as a model is another way to create 3D art with Paint 3D. You can use some of the tools explained above to make the image pop out of the canvas and bring life to your otherwise flat photos. 

As an example, the soft edge doodle is used to create the petals of the flower, while the sphere shape is used to create the flower’s center, and the colors are sampled from the flat picture using the Eyedropper tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

#1. What software is used for 3D art?

3D art software is used for rendering and animating 3D objects in a three-dimensional space. There are many different types of 3D art software available to use, but they can be broken down into two main categories: 2D modeling and 3D modeling.

2D modeling software creates 2D drawings or images that can be manipulated into 3D objects by the user. Some examples of this type of software include Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Paint 3D, and SketchUp.

3D modeling software is able to create highly detailed models which are then used for animation purposes. This includes programs such as Maya, Cinema 4d, Modo, ZBrush, etc.

#2. Is 3D rendering hard?

3D rendering is not hard. It can be done by anyone with the right tools and software.

There are many tutorials available online that teach you how to render 3D objects in a simple manner. Watch these tutorials below:

#3. How can I make a 3D design for free?

3D design tools are typically used by professionals in the field of 3D printing. They are designed to be powerful and versatile, but they can also be complex and difficult to use.

There are many free 3D design tools that you can find online that are easy to use. However, if you want more advanced features, then it is best to pay for a paid version.

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