Challenges

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3D Challenge: Sports & Hobbies

3D Challenge: Sports & Hobbies

We are excited to announce our new 3D challenge: Sports & Hobbies. We are using the same technical rules as in Designer Schwag challenge (we hope you had a chance to enter that one) but exploring a new space for artists to explore and test their creative side.

For this challenge, we are looking for realistic 3D models of objects typically used for sports, hobbies, games and similar leisure activities. Musical instruments, paintbrushes and other art supplies, generic sports equipment, board games figures - these are just a few examples of what you could create for this unique challenge. Think outside the box and show us how stunning 3D can be!

As with our Designer Schwag challenge, these models are intended to work well with Project Felix, the new beta app from Adobe, and for use in the Adobe Stock 3D collection. To be eligible and prepare your models in the right way, it is important to review all of the technical requirements. Here are the key ones to consider (for a complete list, please refer to the terms and conditions section).

  • All submissions should be single-subject model
  • Only Maya (.mb or .ma) and 3ds Max (.3ds or .max) formats are accepted
  • Use VRay Standard Material (VRayMtl)
  • Only quads are accepted. Triangles can be used sparingly and only where absolutely necessary.
  • Poles should have maximum of 5 edges.
  • Single UV set per mesh (0-1 space, non-overlaping)
  • Real world scale objects (centimeters)
  • Asset names should use camelCase or underscores (no spaces), and be consistent respective to all dependent files. Use English only.

Don’t forget to also use the Legal Guidelines for Adobe Stock Contributors. These are similar to those that you already use for commercially cleared models on CGTrader. In short - we cannot accept any models showing trademarks or containing other non-proprietary content. Learn more about all of these topics - the theme, the technical and legal guidelines, and the associated Adobe Stock Contributors terms - in the dedicated section.

This challenge is an amazing opportunity to win great cash prizes, subscriptions to different Creative Cloud apps by Adobe and become a contributor to the Adobe Stock Collection.

Ended on 2017-09-21
3D Challenge: Designer Schwag

3D Challenge: Designer Schwag

CGTrader has always been a place for talented 3D designers to share and monetize their models regardless of where they come from or their skill level. We believe that anyone can master the world of 3D with the right attitude, motivation and tools. With this in mind, we are excited to announce a new challenge for the 3D community.

For this challenge, we are looking for fun, realistic models of schwag. This could include anything from hats to cups, business cards to pens, bags to toys. Anything that a designer might want to add some text to and use to wow that special client!

Now, for a few particulars…

The prizes are amazing and the topic is fairly straightforward, but in order to be eligible and prepare your models in the right way, it is important to review all of the technical requirements. Here are the key ones to consider (for a complete list, please refer to the terms and conditions section).

  • All submissions should be single-subject model
  • Only Maya (.mb or .ma) and 3ds Max (.3ds or .max) formats are accepted
  • Use VRay Standard Material (VRayMtl)
  • Only quads are accepted. Triangles can be used sparingly and only where absolutely necessary.
  • Poles should have maximum of 5 edges.
  • Single UV set per mesh (0-1 space, non-overlaping)
  • Real world scale objects (centimeters)
  • Asset names should use camelCase or underscores (no spaces), and be consistent respective to all dependent files. Use English only.

This challenge is a great opportunity to not only put your skills to the test and win an amazing prize but to build a model that is perfectly constructed for the design community. The technical requirements of this challenge are, in the end, to create 3D models that would work well with Project Felix, the new beta app from Adobe, and for use in the Adobe Stock 3D collection. By joining this challenge you also have the opportunity to become a contributor to the Adobe Stock 3D marketplace. This could be with no additional work on your part since CGTrader will take care of the work for you!

Don’t forget to also use the Legal Guidelines for Adobe Stock Contributors. These are similar to those that you already use for commercially cleared models on CGTrader. In short - we cannot accept any models showing trademarks or containing other non-proprietary content. Learn more about all of these topics - the theme, the technical and legal guidelines, and the associated Adobe Stock Contributors terms - in the dedicated section.

Use this opportunity to win cash prizes, subscriptions to different Adobe apps and to become part of the future of 3D content at Adobe. Join now!

Ended on 2017-08-27
Real-life objects PBR challenge

Real-life objects PBR challenge

End of February marked the end of the first PBR Challenge organized by CGTrader, and we must say that some really amazing artwork was brought to the competition by our community. You can check the winning entries here. We had over 660 entries, so it seems that you indeed are interested in the trend of PBR!

If you still haven't experimented with Physically Based Rendering (PBR), this new challenge is just right impulse to start doing that. PBR is becoming a real standard in the gaming industry, so to meet the needs of game developers, those interested in that market will likely have to adjust at some point.

This PBR challenge does not have very specific category restrictions, just this time we want to focus on real-life objects objects - furniture, plants, architecture, tools, electronics - just look around your physical environment and get to work. We love the creative 3D artwork you publish on CGTrader, but this time no sci-fi content is allowed. And yes, PBR textures is a must!

Our friends at Quixel, Marmoset, 3D-Coat and Dosch Design are joining in this competition, providing some great prizes, and CGTrader is throwing in a $500 in cash for the winners.

Now, take a deep breath of spring air, get back to modeling and make something that will leave everyone in awe for this competition!

Ended on 2017-05-28
PBR Challenge

PBR Challenge

New year comes with a new challenge - and it's a big one.

PBR keeps on getting bigger and setting trends in 3D world. If you still haven't caught up with Physically Based Rendering, 2017 is a very good time to do just that - and this competition should give a little nudge to start creating content that is fast-becoming a real standard in the gaming industry.

In case you're interested in trying out PBR, getting better with it, or just have a competitive mindset, the challenge will be suitable for you. The PBR challenge is a competition for game-ready models, but there is no category restriction - if the model is below 50 000 polygons and is PBR textured - you're in!

Our friends at Allegorithmic, 3D-Coat and Marmoset are joining in this competition, providing some great prizes for PBR rendering - and CGTrader is throwing in a $1000 in cash for the winners.

Now, get the new-year hangover off your head, get back to modeling, and make something memorable to come out on top in this competition!

In case you need an explanation on PBR, take a look at the comprehensive PBR Guide by Allegorithmic, great tutorial on PBR theory, posted by Marmoset's founder Jeff Rusell - and the basics on PBR standards by Joe Wilson.

Ended on 2017-02-27
Low Poly Challenge - Vehicles From The Future

Low Poly Challenge - Vehicles From The Future

All of us have a car that we've dreamed of from an early childhood. Well, at least most of us do! And although the "flying car" concept looks out of question, there will still be many, many designs that we're going to love. But why not make a concept or two ourselves? 3D Modeling is a perfect solution for that.

Keep in mind, this is a vehicle challenge, which means you're free to make cars, motorcycles, tanks, buses, trucks, trains or whatever - just make sure it actually looks like it can do whatever it is vehicles usually do. The concept of future belongs to you here - whether it's an apocalypse-themed, heavily armored Truck, or a glow-in-the-dark motorcycle with three wheels - it counts as an entry - as long as it is original, it works for us.

It will be a Low Poly challenge - so the 50,000 polygon is a limit.

Time to show us what the future will look like!

Ended on 2017-01-23
CG Furniture-set Challenge

CG Furniture-set Challenge

We're back with a new furniture-set challenge. Just when you thought you couldn't chair less...

Yes, that's right. Never did we have a contest like this - and that is exactly why we're doing it! Time to get of your couch and start modelling a full set of them. We're giving a little more than full two months to come up with a furniture set of your (or someone else's) dreams. 5 quality winners will be awarded after the competition, and we have a record number of sponsors to increase your set of available 3D tools.

Choose your sort of side - whether it's dining room, kitchen, office or bathroom - quality sets will be appreciated and rated at the end of the competition. Think you can be crowned a king of furniture sets?


If you're brave sort of a fellow, try Cebas moskitoRender - we've just expanded the list of renderers accepted on CGT, and starting with a trial version may lead you to winning a full version.

Ended on 2016-12-19
VR Watercraft Challenge

VR Watercraft Challenge


Remember the "Voyage Voyage" song by Desireless?

We'll, I don't really know how that's related to the challenge we're making, but we're about to take a voyage ourselves, with the new VR Watercraft competition.

The concept of the competition is broad, but hopefully you'll love to challenge yourself - ships, boats, canoes, kayaks - everything that can be placed on water (and don't sink) goes. The theme of your design is up to you - whether it's a futuristic, VR fitting boat, a steampunk or an army ship, we'll welcome every original concept to this challenge!

The only rule you have to take - don't make your masterpiece over 50,000 polygons.

We have some great prizes to look for, teaming up with Topogun, Suburb, PixPlant, Exlevel, Fox Renderfarm, Visual Designer, Cheetah3D, Rendering Systems and iCube R&D Group - a great amount of our friends adding some glamour to the challenge and total prize pool reaching $5000.

Let's prepare for our trip!

Ended on 2016-11-28