How do you make basic 3d models on mac?

over 4 years ago from

I'm looking to make something like this: https://dribbble.com/shots/5910874-Slimvoice-Desk

Very basic white 'plastic' 3d models with some lighting and shadows. Similar to a combination of this + wealthsimples 3d stuff.

Any recommendations on applications that won't break my bank account? I'm proficient in the adobe suite and sketch and whatnot but never dabbled with 3d stuff except for cinema4d way back in the day.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

Basically looking to make graphics like the blue/white at the bottom of https://www.vectary.com/


  • Adrian Mankovecky, over 4 years ago

    Hi, I am the author of the Vectary graphics. I believe you mean this visual from the Vectary's homepage https://www.vectary.com/3d-design/mockup-3xpQQyT2cZ5xttij1KcpJ3

    I think I can give you a simple step by step description of how to achieve a similar result. Vectary is a powerful tool thanks to its modeling capabilities and a rich library of materials and models. 1. I recommend to browse their library and search for objects you want to put into your scene (I made it the same way - all objects are just dragged and dropped from the Vectary library) 2. If you don't find the desired models in the library you can create them from scratch in Vectary. For walls and basic geometric shapes, you can use parametric primitives from the Object mode. If you want the scene in the infinite space, you can use a shadow plane which can cast shadows under objects (It is an infinite floor) 3. When you finish composing It's time for colors. If you want to achieve a monochromatic look (everything in one color) select all (ctrl+A) and pick a color in the material editor. If you want to make it more colorful just change the color for each object (you can use the color picker in material editor) 4. Lights - this one is totally up to your personal preferences- you can use lights (I recommend the rectangular light for soft shadows or the sphere light for more harder shadows), or you can choose an HDRi environment in the library to light up the scene. 5. Now it’s time to set up a view - you can create a camera or just set up a view you like and hit render (In the render tab you can choose the render quality, resolution and also play with effects such as contrast, saturation etc...) To create a new camera view just set your view to your liking and click on the camera icon in the top bar. In camera settings, you can enter the camera, lock its position and set up the depth of field. 6. Finally, I just exported a png image - in 3.0 version it's under Render tab.

    I almost forgot - the images on display and on the wall are just imported png files - just another 3D scene I created with Vectary before.

    Hope this will help. Let me know if you have any more questions. I'd be happy to help :)

    12 points
  • John Williams, over 4 years ago

    Cinema 4D Lite is free if you have an Adobe Suite. Blender works on Mac.

    4 points
    • Leon KennedyLeon Kennedy, over 4 years ago

      I recommend Blender too, especially the Blender 2.8 version, which makes it much easier to use. It might not be as easy to learn as basic tools like Vectary, but if you ever want to make more complicated 3D scenes you can do so in Blender. Also there's a huge amount of good tutorials available on YouTube.

      Also, it's free!

      2 points
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 4 years ago

    I use Cheetah 3D. I really like it, and find it incredibly quick to use. Mac only.


    3 points
  • paul kooi, over 4 years ago

    Check out the free or limited version of Modo. Really nice tool. Been using it for years. Will allow you to grow as far as you like without running into huge road blocks.

    2 points
  • Ariel VerberAriel Verber, over 4 years ago

    you can use cinema 4d lite, it comes with after effects and probably the best 3d software for designers out there.

    2 points
  • Vince P.Vince P., over 4 years ago

    +1 for blender. Very powerful and there are a great tutorials for all skillsets.

    1 point
  • Hello Madino, over 4 years ago

    You could use vectary.com or https://www.adobe.com/products/dimension.html

    1 point
  • n keylen keyle, over 4 years ago

    Blender is great, although a bottomless pit of features YAGNI

    0 points