Planet Earth – Beginners Cheetah3D Tutorial

Well, I’m back with another tutorial – that’s the good news! The bad news is that this time it’s a paid tutorial – I’ve kept it incredibly cheap (Anything over $5) as I’m just looking to break even with these tutorials, this will allow me to keep putting content out there.

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Green Planet This tutorial is all about creating a cartoon type render like the image below. It’s mainly aimed at those people who are new to Cheetah and possibly new to 3D too. In terms of modeling, it’s all very simple – working with primitives essentially but it should give you a good grounding in Cheetah3D. This is what we will be creating…


What’s Covered

  • Adding primitive objects to a scene and learning how to move them in 3D space
  • Creating simple materials and assigning them to your objects
  • Object grouping
  • Using the pivot tool keep your objects on the surface of your land
  • Editing the camera object to produce larger renders
  • Adding an HDRI to your scene
  • Using an image for your background
  • Setting up a simple render Hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips and have a bit of fun along the way.

The Details
File: Quicktime (.mov)
Duration: 43 minutes 32 seconds
File Size: 394mb
Contents: Cheetah file (.jas), sample render (.jpg), tutorial file (.mov), background image (.jpg)
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  1. Dave, Glad to see you’re pressing forward with your tutorials. May I suggest that you list, when announcing new tutorials, that you maybe list all that is ‘covered’ in each tutorial? In this initial ‘Planet’ offering, I think I can do a lot of what’s shown but would not know how to attach items (your trees, etc.) to a curved surface. That alone will be worth your generous fee. Cheers, Andrew-

  2. Hi Andrew,That’s a great point and something I hadn’t considered. With my prior tutorials which are all free, I guess it wasn’t really an issue as you could just try them out. I’ll edit the post shortly to include a list of what is covered but you are correct, this is very much aimed at novices and if you’ve spent much time with Cheetah then it’s probably not for you.Thanks again for the advice!

  3. David, thank you very much for producing this wonderful tutorial. I’m a novice user when it comes to 3D applications and I haven’t had much luck with tutorials in the past. However, I have to say that this is the first time that I have had a breakthrough and I enjoyed all every minute of it. More importantly, I was able to jump in a few days later and remember everything that you showed me… so the experience “stuck”!

    Last thing I’d like to note is that you have a great eye for design. The colors and objects you chose to create with the primitives made for a very pleasing scene and each render was very fulfilling. I can’t wait to try the clock tutorial next.

    I hope if time and interest permit that you’ll be able to keep producing such wonderful tutorials. I hope to be able to loft? or sweep? shapes into a boat hull one day and I believe these tutorials can help to get me to that point, bit by bit.

    All the best,


  4. Hi,

    In the last render job in your tutorial, you have lake/pond on the Earth that looks so good. How did you do that with primitives? I tried using a bunch of disks or spheres, but never got it quite fit the curve surface of the Earth.

    1. It’s actually pretty simple, take a duplicate of your base sphere and make it editable. Select a few of the quads that will form the lake and then invert your selection. Delete the rest of the quads and add a subdivision to the remaining quads. That’s it.

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