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Journal no longer supported- sorry, I won't answer your questions anymore, there's too many and 99% can be solved with a Google search so please refer to that for any questions thank you

thx everyone
thank you
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 I'm going to revise this a bit later (some of the information is outdated OTL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:…
and the groups
:iconmmdmodelers: , :iconmetaseq-models: and :iconmqo-love: have great tutorials too (Metasequoia is probably the best program to make MMD models with^^)
Oh yeah, and helpful tip: USE REFERENCES
the groups
:iconreference-library: , :icontutorialsclub: , and :iconbody-shaping: have great references for you to use (plus they have digital coloring tutorials- great for UV mapping and making eyes ^-^)
and the group :iconlowpolyworkshop: 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)
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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.

By MMD-artist…

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

Google Sketchup:
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.

DirectX exporter:…

But here:


3D Custom Girl, Polygon Love, and LoveDeath
I.... won't give links for these programs, because
1. I could get a virus
2.Its hentai.
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, 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.
Math helps.…  it helps but its not nessisary

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
Yamaha: Good
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…
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
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enigmaplatypus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
um what license would you recommend for metasequoia. the standard or expert or are they about the same.
SakuraChan501 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student General Artist
This one is gonna sound odd, but here it goes:
Do you recommend a particular program for beginners? I own Blender, but this one is way too advanced. I even tried Poser and Daz 3D, but the program didn't download right, and I never got very far either...
I have a few OCs and fairy/mermaid designs, but I want them to look anime style, it would be nice to see them move around and such.
KitKatMMD Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
I think Metasequoia is a lot more simple than Blender. It took me a week (probably less) to figure out, whilst Blender, I've been trying to understand for a while XD
Anyways here's the official website and I recommend version 3.1.6 here:… (bottom of page where it says old products)
In this version it's shareware, so you can register with these codes and have all the features… 

It isn't exactly easy though... I'm still very new at it.
Anyways, hope this helps!
Sailormbmoon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Buggar, I was going to ask if you know how to make a dragon MMD character from scratch, like this one:
MmdGirly Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
i dont even understand anything
i maked a OC with acco on mmd because this is hard
but now i wanna make her dance
and thats impossible
LucarioZelda2000 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to make a model of my guy OC, anime styled. Any recommendations?
apple-tree13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you use sculptress to make the models and put the textures on them??
SinginDANCERswag Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
This is really helpful
Tsukikou Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
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