Last updated Saturday, September 4, 2010
•Fixed specularity problem with transparent regions on hats (caused weird shadows where they shouldn't be)
•Added joints (elbows, knees, and body bending)
•Fixed ugly edges when body bends
•Added lots of blocks to make scenes with...
•Improved glass and leaf blocks
•Added tree blocks
•Got rid of some annoying constraints
•Added creeper (on layer five, hidden by default)
•Fixed creeper texture
•Added chests, furnaces, crafting blocks, ore, and torches
With this handy tool, you can create fancy renders and animations of your minecraft characters. For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyLfYg5J6bw
You don't need much knowledge of blender to use this, and I've set it up so that there should be minimal effort for the user to pose his character and apply skins to it. The body parts are precision modeled and mapped to exactly their dimensions in pixels on the corresponding texture regions. I was very much helped in doing so by Swedman's Skin Helper, so credits go to him for that and also the fact that this blender file comes bundled with his helper image. I find it to be a very concise and simple visual aid, so I hope he has no objection to me re-distributing it.
Now, it also comes with lots of blocks for making scenes; they are located on layer four.
Here's an example of skins look rendered (this one's mine):
You can see your texture in the 3d viewport as well as in the render.
The body mesh is attached to an armature, allowing you to pose the character however you wish:
To pose the character, simply grab the bones you wish to manipulate with the right mouse button. This can be done with the camera and lamp(s) as well. To take a pretty picture of your character once you've set him up, just press the huge "render" button in the buttons panel. If you have any problems, google for solutions before consulting me. If you have no knowledge of Blender at all, I suggest looking for some beginner tutorials, but maybe just the ones that cover bones and textures.
For you advanced Blender users out there, this could be used to bake procedurally calculated maps into textures, such as ambient occlusion (pretty shading) or any of the procedural textures blender comes with. Therefore, this can be used to create skins as well as display them.
Here's an ambient occlusion texture I'm giving away for free; you can make a "multiply" layer in your image editor and put this in it to have an overlying geometry-based shading on your skin.
Not only that, but you can use Blender's texture paint mode to paint directly onto the 3d Model.
PS: If your viewport textures look really blurry (it won't affect the render, so it's not that serious), uncheck the "Mipmapping" button in the user preferences window (Drag the top bar down to view the extra settings, then click on the "System&OpenGL" tab): http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt22 ... ipmaps.png
EDIT: Here is the obj file of a UV mapped minecraft character for import into other 3D programs.
Select camera with right click(Should put it back into object mode)
Rotate camera with R then either hit X Y or Z to define what axis to rotate it on, it will default to rotating based on viewing angle.
You can move it by simply dragging your mouse in a small straight line while holding down left click while you have the camera selected.(Making a circle while dragging left click will cause the object to rotate, moving the mouse back and forth will cause you to scale the object, but rescaling the camera won't change any rendering unless you have an odd center point.)