iPhone/Smartphone Cheetah3D Tutorial

In this 57 minute tutorial I’ll show you how to model and render an animation of an iPhone/Smartphone. I’ll show you how to deal with the tricky holes in the body and then we cover some basic animation so you can achieve a render similar to the one below…

iPhone Tutorial Details

Starting with a basic cube in Cheetah3D we’ll learn to construct the basic shape of a smartphone in a way that will allow us to add more detail in the right way. Although the tutorial is very much working on a phone that looks very similar to an iPhone, it’s very adaptable and can be translated to any kind of phone or tablet that you want to render.

Beyond the model we’ll look at how to work with texture maps to get our apps on the screen and deal with lighting using an HDR image (included in the download).

Finally we’ll set up a basic animation recording and manipulating keyframes to really allow us to show off our model.

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Included in with the tutorial file…

  • Cheetah file (.jas)
  • Texture maps (.jpg and .png)
  • HDRI (.hdr)
  • Final rendered movie (.mov)
  • Tutorial movie (.mp4)

Hope you like it!

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  1. Another great tutorial Dave. This one inspired me to model and animate some tech equipment we use at work for a training video – rather than create another dull PowerPoint deck . Good work!

  2. Hi Dave, I’ve sent you a dropbox link with the .jas file. I’ll send the render there too in the next couple of days

  3. I’ve put the files on my ftp server together with some other stuff I’ve created in Cheetah3D since using your tutorials.

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