3D Modeling Standards: Scene Organization

TurboSquid 3D Modeling

When you’re creating a 3D model to sell at TurboSquid, you give the topology and textures a great deal of thought, making the model as clean and professional as you can. With these important things to think about, you might not be considering exactly how the customer is going to experience the model in his/her workflow.

We’ve already discussed naming objects, and everyone seems to agree that this is a good practice. But there are a number of other things you can do to make the customer experience better. You can:

  • Center the object at or near 0,0,0 so the customer easily can find it easily after merging.
  • Include a parent object, or group all objects together. Then the customer can just pick up the whole object at once and move it to where it’s supposed to go.
  • Freeze the object’s transforms. This will eliminate unpleasant surprises when the customer animates the model.

You can read more about Scene Organization and Freezing Transforms in our Best Practices articles. We’ve even got a few videos there to show you how to accomplish these tasks in 3ds Max and Maya.

Do you currently set up your models with these practices? Have they been useful for you?