Understand how to model against reference images in Paint 3D. In this video, George uses a drawing of a wind turbine as reference to model a wind turbine in 3D. He then uses stickers to add color and texture the wind turbine, which is then finalized as a 3D asset in a Power Point presentation.
- [Instructor] Now let's do a project where we actually draw against a reference image. And then we'll bring that object into PowerPoint for a PowerPoint presentation. So the object I'm going to draw is a wind turbine. So in order to do this I will need to import my reference. So I'm going to go into Menu. Let's do Insert. And then I should have a file out here called Wind Turbine dot JPG. I'm going to go ahead and open that up. And as you can see, it's more of a technical drawing of the wind turbine.
So I'm just going to go ahead and place this on my canvas. And notice how it's not quite the size of the canvas but that's okay. Because I'm just really going to use it as reference. And in fact, I'm going to go ahead and slide this over a bit so that this front view is towards the center of my document. And once I do, I'm going to go ahead and just left click off of that. And now that fixes it to the canvas. Now I'm going to start drawing by doing the turbine blades. And then I will work from there.
So, I'm going to go ahead and just roll my middle mouse button to zoom in here. And center that on my screen. So let's go ahead over to our 3D tools. And this object is rather irregularly shaped. So I want to use a 3D doodle to trace it. Now this is going to have curved edges. It is a turbine blade, so I'm going to use the soft edge 3D doodle. Now I'm going to go ahead and click inside this hub here because I want the blade to be a little bit larger than the hub so that it sits inside of it.
So I'm going to click somewhere around here. Now this first edge is straight, so it's pretty easy. And now all I have to do is trace around to get that second edge. And then keep going. Now once I get the last edge there all I need to do is highlight this circle. And there we go. So now I have a soft 3D object. Now if I rotate this over until it snaps you can see that it's actually kind of thick.
So I'm going to go ahead and just scale it down a little bit. And then I'm going to rotate it back again and just make sure that it snaps, there we go. And now I want to go ahead and paint it a color. So I'm going to go over to my Art tools here. And let's make it kind of a light gray color. And I'm going to go ahead and select the Fill tool with light gray and fill it. But these turbine blades actually have red tips to them. So let's go ahead over to Stickers. And I'm going to use a shape to create that.
So I'm going to go over to Shapes. And we're going to use a square shape. And, I'm just going to go ahead and drag that out. Now notice when I get over the blade it creates the edge that I want. I really can't say exactly how much of that is there. So I'm actually going to go ahead and hit Escape and undo this. And let's reselect this object. And I'm going to move it up just a little bit so that I can see exactly how far into the blade that little red stripe goes.
So again, I'm going to select the blade. And let's go back into Stickers. Go into Shapes. And then I'm going to drag this out, and again, make sure it's on top of that blade. And then let go. Now if I want, I can change the fill to any color I want. In this case, I do have it on red. But I don't want this black line. So I'm going to go ahead and go None for line type. And make sure it's all aligned and there we go.
Now, all I did here was paint the front of it. If I flip this around 180 degrees you can see that it's not painted on the back. But, I can go right back into the same tool and again, click and drag, align it. And there we go. So now, when I select this, rotate it around I have it. So now that I have my blade I can copy it to make the other ones.
So all I have to do is do Copy and Paste. We could also use our hot keys, which would be Control C for Copy, Control V for paste. And I'm going to go ahead and rotate this so that it's the right angle and then position it. And let's do this again. While I already have this in the buffer so I can just hit Control V to paste another copy. And this time I'm going to rotate it again.
And let's get this aligned. There we go. So now that I have the blades in place, I can now go on to the hub. Now the hub is not so much a sphere but it's more of a capsule shape. Because it's going to be a little bit longer. So it's going to be round on the end but it's going to be more of an axle shape. So I'm going to go into my 3D tools. And let's make this kind of a dark gray. And we're going to select the capsule. Now, the capsule we'll draw vertically so we will have to rotate it.
But I'm going to use this as my reference. So I'm going to go ahead and draw this out so that it's the right size. And make it a reasonable length. Now most of this is going to be inside the body of that turbine. So, I want to go ahead and rotate this 180. And then position that. Now, if I take a look at this in 3D you'll see that, it's a little bit too far forward. So, I'm going to go ahead back into Edit mode.
Select it. And then just move that back. So I want this just in front of the blades, there we go. So now that I have this, I can start working on the body of the turbine. And again, this is an irregular shape so we'll also be using the 3D doodle. Now I'm going to go ahead and move this so it's a little bit more centered. And, I'm going to roll my middle mouse button, or if I want to, I could use my Zoom tool here. So I just want to get close enough so I can trace this as accurately as possible.
So again, I'm going to use 3D doodle but this time I'm going to use a sharp edged doodle. So I'm going to select this. Click on that top corner. Trace. And basically, I'm just tracing it out. And there we go. So now that I have this I can change the color. I accidentally drew this as a dark gray, but I really want it to be kind of more of a white color.
So I'm going to go ahead and select white. Use my Fill tool. And fill it. And then roll my middle mouse button to zoom out. And let's go ahead and position this. So I'm going to select this object. Move it over here. And then rotate it. So I want to make sure it snaps at 90 degrees here. And notice how it's just a little bit too wide. So, I'm going to go ahead and position this side on the equivalent side here and then scale it down.
And then move this up. And again, as you can see this is in front of the turbine blades but we really want to move that back. So I'm going to go ahead and move it back just a bit. And if we want, we can take a look at it in 3D. And that looks pretty good. So now, all we have left is the actual support. So this basically, a cylinder here to support the turbine. So I'm going to go ahead and draw a cylinder. And again, this is going to be white.
So, I'm going to go ahead and make sure it's above the body of the turbine itself. And then I'm going to make sure that I get the bottom correct. And once I have that, I can move it over, move it into place. Now, if I can't move it exactly I can always use my arrow keys to fine tune positioning. And that's a really good trick. So, I'm using my arrow keys to move this up and down and left and right, to get my positioning exactly correct.
And now I'm going to go ahead and push this back into the body of this turbine. And that looks just about right. So now I have my turbine but I also want to make sure I put the company's logo on that turbine. So I'm going to go ahead and just select all of these objects. And let's go ahead and hit Group. And now that puts them all in one group. And let's rotate this over to the right. And then I can zoom in here and let's use our Stamp tool to stamp the logo on to the object.
So I'm going to go into Stickers. And, I'm going to go into Custom Stickers. And we're going to go ahead and add a sticker in. In this case, we're going to use a sticker called logo dot PNG. Now the reason I'm using a PNG file is because that also supports transparency and this will allow me to overlay just the logo, but without the background color. So I'm going to go ahead and open that. And as you can see, it brings it in and it is partly transparent.
And I'm going to go ahead and position this over my turbine. And we need to scale this down a little bit. And, there we go. Go ahead and click off of that. And now it's stamped. Now, I'm going to go ahead and select this object again and let's do the other side. So, I'm going to, again, rotate this 180 in the opposite direction. Let's zoom in a little bit. Go back to Stickers.
And here's the sticker we have logo dot PNG. And again, I want to make sure I position it over that object. Scale it up. And stamp it. And there we go. So now, I have my turbine. And I'm going to rotate it back 90 degrees, so that it's forward. And, for this, I really don't need that background drawing anymore.
So I can go over to canvas and let's just go ahead and turn off the canvas. So now I have my object. And if I want, I can save this out as a paint 3D project so I have it. But we also can select this object and we can export it. So I'm going to go ahead and export this as a file. I'm going to use 3MF, which is Microsoft's format. And we're going to call this Wind Turbine dot 3MF. And I'm saving this out in my Exercise Files folder.
And now that I have it saved I can go over to another Office application and import it. Now I'm going to use PowerPoint. I've gone ahead and opened PowerPoint and I have a file called Wind Turbine dot PPTX open. Now this file's in your Exercise Files folder. Now this is just a simple PowerPoint presentation. And I want to spice it up with a 3D model of the turbine. So let's go ahead and bring that in.
It's really as simple as inserting. So I'm going to find my Insert menu. And you should see a 3D models button. So I'm going to go ahead and click on this and I'm going to insert from a file. And I'm going to go to my desktop, find my Exercise Files. And the file I exported was Wind Turbine dot 3MF. So I'm going to go ahead and select Insert and there it is. Now this will allow me to move this around.
I can rotate it. And, I can scale it. So this gives me most of the control I have in 3D Paint, but in PowerPoint. I can also select this center icon and tumble it. Now notice how all of the icons and textures come across. And I have the model that I want. Now I can position this wherever I want in my presentation. And as you can see, it adds a lot of visual interest to the presentation.
So hopefully you've learned a little bit about how to model against reference. As well as how to bring assets into PowerPoint.
- Drawing 3D objects
- Painting on 3D objects
- Using stickers
- Working with text
- Adding effects
- Importing and exporting