3D Modelers need to know key things from you in order to determine the best way to achieve what you want. In order to determine the best 3d modeling process, it is very important to know:
WHAT will the 3d model, renders, and/or animation be used for?
HOW will it be delivered to the end users/viewers?
Answering and communicating this information to your 3d modeler will help him/her determine the structure of the 3d model, the appropriate level of detail, the quality and size of the renders or images and the type of animation that you will need. Let’s take a closer look at each of these in more detail.
STRUCTURE OF THE 3D MODEL – 3D modelers structure or classify the parts of a 3d model into sections according to their relationship and function as this saves a lot of time and avoids rework. Parts that will move together are typically classified under their own section. Sections can also be made dependent or independent from each other. Discuss the structure with your 3d modeler, especially if you are planning to have motion or the 3d model will be used or manipulated by someone else.
Keep in mind that the structure of a 3D model that will be used for motion will be very different than one that will only be used to create still renders or images.
LEVEL OF DETAIL – The level of detail not only depends on the complexity of object being modeled, but also on the accuracy and realism that you will need on the final renders and/or animations. Discuss the level of detail with your 3d model according to your needs. Keep in mind that renders that need to look very realistic with reflective surfaces will need high level of detail. Also, animations that highlight certain movements or product features might require a lot details but only for specific portion 3d model.
Typically the higher the level of details the bigger the file size. Therefore, the level of detail will also depend on how it will be delivered to the end viewers/users.
QUALITY AND SIZE OF RENDERS/IMAGES – 3D Model renders make their way into different media such as DVDs, internet video, multimedia applications, printed marketing materials, corporate or consumer visualizations, special movie effects, training simulators, analysis software, games, etc. To determine the best quality and file size that you need you will need to know how the renders will be delivered to the viewers/users.
For example, 3D models that are used for marketing materials need to have very high resolution renders for printing and the files sizes can be very large. However, 3d models that will be used for the web, games or multimedia applications can have lower resolution renders and/or lower polygons, and consequently have smaller files.
Also, 3d model renders that are created to be used as part of an animation can be rendered with lower resolution than renders that will be used to print marketing materials.
TYPE OF ANIMATION – 3D Models can be either rendered to images or to a movie, depending on the type of animation that you will need and at what stage of the 3d modeling process you are.
Typically, 3d modelers render to a movie for fast previews or revisions and when using wireframes. However, for the final animation, 3d modelers will render to higher quality images. This saves time especially when optimizing the animation for the right frames-per-second with the best possible size vs. quality ratio.
So next time you are planning to commission 3d modeling services, save time and money by planning ahead with these tips, using stock 3d models, and custom 3D Model services from Flat Pyramid.