Taking your uMake Designs Further
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Sketch a watch from concept to rendering using the right combination of programs[/caption] Lets face it, sometimes ideas can be difficult to communicate, especially if design and sketching is not part of your daily routine or profession. Language barriers and miscommunication and misunderstandings occur far too often when trying to share an idea. uMake was created to enable anyone who has an idea to be able to quickly and easily communicate their idea in 3D space. One of the beauties of sketching is that it transcends language and cultural barriers, because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words as they say. While the core of the app is 3D sketching, uMake also makes it easy for users of any skill level to take their ideas further. In this blog post we will cover some of the steps and tools you can use to go from the ideation phase all the way up to the final rendering phase. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Sketch it in uMake.[/caption] When you have an idea and need to communicate it, starting with uMake and sketching it in 3D has many advantages. Unlocking your idea from multiple angles quickly and making adjustments on the fly is not only fun, but will help you think out your ideas with a greater depth than ever before. When you sketch in uMake, you are actually creating NURBS curves which work great with any 3D application that supports NURBS modeling and surfacing. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Annotate it in Paper by 53[/caption] uMake lets you export still images of your creations. Sometimes it's helpful to quickly create annotations around an idea. The beauty of sketching in 3D space is a user can quickly generate images of an object from different perspectives. Adding annotations to these images can help viewers understand the idea in more depth. We love Paper by 53 for quickly adding annotations and notes to images. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Paint it in Procreate[/caption] One of the simplest ways to take an idea to the next level is to export a rough sketch done in uMake as a still image, and then from there to render over it in your favorite sketching/ painting app. We are big fans of Procreate, (shown above) Concepts, and Sketches. You can do quick or detailed renderings over your sketches, letting you easily communicate form and some further details. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Model it in Rhino[/caption] If you want to take an idea sketched in uMake and further model it in your favorite modeling program, uMake makes this easier with the ability to export to OBJ, IGES, and STEP files, 3 commonly used universal formats. We love Rhino 3D and Moment of Inspiration 3D as they are relatively easy to use and learn. Rhino works great with files created in uMake. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"]
Render it in Keyshot[/caption] 3D sketches are the start for an idea, 3D models are the flesh of the idea, but what about a photo-realistic rendering? If you want to take your idea further into the realm of a photorealistic rendering, there are several options out there for you. We are big fans of Luxion Keyshot Pro (shown above) as it is very easy to use and learn, and creates great images in a short amount of time.
For a different kind of rendering feel, something more for games or animation, we are big fans for Marmoset, as it allows users to create images that are a bit less realistic, but a bit more dreamy. Marmoset requires a bit more time to learn than Keyshot, but the results are quite fun.
Share it! One of the more natural ways to take your uMake creation further is to share it and get feedback on it. Besides the traditional methods of sharing images of your creation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we would also recommend sharing your work on ArtStation (which now lists uMake as a software authoring program) Behance, and Coroflot. In addition, if you would like to share your model in a 3D viewer, you can now do this with SketchFab (show above) which lets you render your model with custom materials so viewers can see your project in beautiful 3D on the web. There are so many ways to take your ideas further using 3D and it is now more feasible than ever to make them a reality. If you have any questions about this process and how we integrate with other tools please don't hesitate to let us know. If you've already taken an idea further, we would love to hear from you. We cant wait to see what you will create with uMake!
October 24, 2016