The problem is, I’m still quite new to Blender, and I can’t think of any way to build such trees (I tried a tree generator, but that didn’t really work). So any help would be really appreciated, thanks in advance!
To model a tree yourself add a circle and extrude it upwards scaling and moving each exytude to give you taper and varience. Then go back and select one or two faces where you want the branches, and extrude them the same way using rotate to get them bent. Then use the proportion editing tool ‘O’ to move things around. Keep it low poly till you need to add detail.
Sounds good, thanks for the information. Have you any idea where I can get alpha map pictures of trees, or should I create these myself by ‘cutting’ trees out of pictures?
I did a search on Google for alpha mapped trees and found several, but they have leaves. If you find pictures of trees without leaves or you take pictures yourself of them, that would work. I used Photoshop to make the alpha channel, but you might be able to use Gimp, if you don’t have PS.
I couldn’t find a good photo with a leaveless tree to use as alpha map, so I’m trying to create my own 3D tree now, using the circle-extract method Fligh % suggested. It doesn’t look that bad, but what I have so far is not really tree-like either. If anyone has any other tips on how to build nice trees without leaves in Blender, please post them here, I really appreciate any help.
I just finished my own tree. It took me about 2 hours, and even though it isn’t state of the art, I’m content with the way it looks. I simply made 4 copies of that tree, because I really didn’t feel like doing 4 other trees. Anyway, here’s a picture of how it looks right now:
OSA is already on, even at 16x. I guess you weren’t viewing the picture in it’s original format (800x600). Internet Explorer crops images down if they don’t fit on the screen, which results in ugly edges. This is probably the case, since the edges of the picture itself are smooth.
I really did my best to do this while building the tree, but it didn’t really turn out the way I wanted it. You said it yourself, trees are a pain to make :).
That’s true. Critics are necessary if you want to improve your work, so all crits are welcome. That was why I said “thanks for your comments”. I really appreciate it if people are trying to help me in any way.