5 Ways to Improve Your 3D Modeling Skills with Free Tutorials from 3D.SK

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No matter where you find yourself in your journey as a 3D artist, there is always something new to learn or improve on. Daz Studio thrives on the foundation of helping our community learn and grow. Nothing brings us more joy than seeing the amazing 3D renders our community creates every day. To that end, we’ve partnered with 3D.sk in an effort to give back to our Daz users with an amazing deal. Right now, anyone can use our special code valid at 3D.sk to receive 15% off anything, sitewide:


3D.sk is a website haven for all types of 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. You will find a plethora of professional-quality tools, tutorials, and more. Today’s post is all about how you can improve your skills with free tutorials specially curated by the 3D.sk team!

1. How to Animate a Walk Cycle

Creating realistic animation isn’t easy. For many artists who want to explore working in real-time or with motion capture, this can be a bit of a bottleneck in the process. If you have access to Maya and want to improve your abilities to animate within that program, check out this awesome tutorial series that will cover all the ins and outs. When you’ve completed these tutorials, you will be well on your way to better understanding how to create your own animation sequences.

2. Creating Outdoor Lighting in Blender

Blender is a powerful resource that is totally free! While many people like to model in Blender, then take that model elsewhere, it is possible to perform just about every task within the 3D pipeline all within Blender. This tutorial is a great way to brush up on lighting within Blender and how you can make the most of its potential. Please note, Blender has since been updated, so the layout you see in the video may not correlate perfectly with the newest edition of Blender; however, the principles taught are still applicable.

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“Visitors or Colonists ?” by Olo_Ordinaire in the Daz Gallery

3. Learn Sculpting Techniques

If you want to improve on your ability to sculpt 3D models, check out 3D.sk’s tutorials where you can learn more about human anatomy and how that applies to modeling human characters, as well as techniques in popular software like Maya and ZBrush.

Another interesting tutorial that teaches an uncommon technique shows how you could sculpt objects such as a rock wall using a high-quality texture photo.

4. Learn How to Create Game-Ready Objects

This particular tutorial is great for anyone who wants to improve a variety of skills from modeling, texturing, and working with low, middle, and high-poly variations of the same model. The tutorial has a heavy emphasis on modeling a “middle-poly” level object, then showing how to semi-automatically convert it to a higher poly model, as well as how to easily reduce it to lower-poly, a valuable tool for creating models specifically for video games.

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“Synthea” by Thalus in the Daz Gallery

5. Turn a 3D Scan Into a Morph for Daz Studio

Join Daz pro, Jay Versluis, in a 4-part video tutorial all about how to take a detailed 3D human body scan and create a custom morph for Genesis 8 characters in Daz Studio. This is a great way to create new and exciting custom characters all on your own!

This series is a great way to increase your knowledge of Daz Studio and working with models in general. The tutorial covers skin wrapping techniques as well as useful tips that will enable you to create all kinds of custom content for Daz Studio from a variety of programs.

Level Up Your Skills with Daz Studio

We hope you enjoy these tutorials and learn something new. If you want a free, easy-to-use program to help you create 3D renders, Daz Studio is a great beginner-friendly application that empowers users to produce amazing 3D artwork. 

Learning the ins and outs of new software can be daunting, but with the aid of our helpful learning videos and awesome community, getting the hang of Daz Studio won’t take long.

Download Daz Studio for free to start your own journey in 3D today!

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