9,000 + views we did it kids. I'm going to revise this a bit later (some of the information is outdated OTL
This person has a lot of great tutorials on making bodies and Metasequoia: www.youtube.com/user/MMDMCL?fe…
and the groups
, and have great tutorials too (Metasequoia is probably the best program to make MMD models with^^)
Oh yeah, and helpful tip: USE REFERENCES
, , and have great references for you to use (plus they have digital coloring tutorials- great for UV mapping and making eyes ^-^)
and the group have great tips (though there not really just for metasque^^
Making a model from scratch is hard, but its worth it in the edit (plus is uber fun to do)
First, The animation program "Blender"
BLENDER is a free animation software that is just as good as what professionals use. Blender is hard to master and you can't just go in and hope to learn on your own- considering this is similar to a 1000$+ only-for-commercial use 3D animation program you'll need to learn basic math, at LEAST.
Unlike other 3D programs, BLENDER can export into .pmd and now recently .pmx format, but in order to do this you will need the 2.5 python script encoded into the blender program, which automatically comes with the blender programs 4.5 and up.
Blender is hard to master, yes, but there are a lot of tutorials out there, though considering blender changes a bit for each version you get- the tutorial you look at may only apply to the version you have.
Blender to PMD:
Blender to PMX:
I... don't know the password sorry
Making Human: This is a software that allows you to make human like models very easily, and it goes hand-in-hand with blender. Careful: I don't know how high the polygon count is on these models, so when you load the model into MMD it may slow it down, and also this doesn't make anime-like models, so you may have a hard time making a cute-moe face
Other helpful features: Blender can animate and create video games as well as make models.
This is the program I normally use to make models. Metasequioa is a freeware and a shareware, but you can't use most tutorials without the full version
the full version is 50.00$, which isn't a lot in 3D modeling terms -@
Though, I will give you 1 hint. If you get the 3.0 BETA version while its still BETA, you can use some things ((not all though)) as you would as if you paid for it.
Metaseqioa PMD import:
And thats about it for metaseq. Metaseq was made by O. Mizno
This program goes hand-in-hand with Metasequioa.
You can make the model here, import into metasequioa ((no conversion needed!)) then convert the model from there.
You will need to have a good idea of perspection on this program
Another way to make MMD models
like I had said, I don't like to make it for models, but for stages. But unlike The other programs. this doesn't export directly into .pmd or .pmx, only directX, and you still need a plug-in.
I.... won't give links for these programs, because
1. I could get a virus
Google it for the links to these
WANRING: If you get 3Dcustom Girl, you WILL get a virus. No doubt about it. And beware of copyright: 3DCG doesn't want the models that you have to pay for made into MMD models. Polygon Love Doesn't want any of their models turned at all, only with permission ((there is a group on deviantart that has legal ploygon love parts, pl2-to-mmd.deviantart.com/)) And because making MMD models ISN'T the main function of these erotic games, **emphasis on EROTIC** The poly count is VERY high. And in my opinion, 3DCG girls and all others looks terrible in MMD.
Oh, and .tso to .pmd is free, and I have it and it didn't get me viruses. ((I got it because I thought it was another version of PMD Editor, so....))
Edit Since this is how to make it from scratch, I'm crossing this part out. Its still up for people interested, though
Tutorials ((they have download links to the programs)):
((Only for 3DCG, sorry))
If there are other programs you are intrested in me telling about, please tell me. I will look into it and add the programs and other things here.
Please be aware of copyright; some companies do not like their characters and such turned into MMD models.
Crypton Future Media: Good
Walt Disney Comapny: REALLY BAD
Studio Ghibili: NOPE
Anything vocaloid is good. And also be ware of UTAU owners.
CONCERNING DISNEY: I know a lot of people "Grew Up" with Disney, and on nostalgic impulse would make an MMD model of their characters or something ((I didn't grow up with them, so I don't care to make models of them)) But please refrain from doing so. Disney is known to sue for every little thing. For example, read this headline:news.google.com/newspapers?nid…
And I see a lot of people reigging Kingdom Hearts Characters. Please be aware of the copyright.
Also be aware that Toei Animation doesn't like for models to be made of their characters, but they don't normally take action and as long as you make money, you'll be fine. If you want to make a character of an anime character, find the original animation company and look at their copyright terms. EX: Masisi ((Or Piron, I forgot who this was)) usually allows free edit and redistribution, but when he made Pretty Cure Versions of Luka and Meiko, he had to make it to where you couldn't for those models
Other helpful sites:
and Google is good, too