How to Make a 3d iPad model

In this short article we'll show you how you can make a 3d iPad model using Box Shot Pro and a free .3ds file from

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3D iPad Model

  • How to Make a 3D iPad Model


  • iPad Animated GIF3D Box Shot Pro has the ability to import external .3DS model files. What this means is that if there is a type of model that you need, that isn't included with the program, you can download a model from the web and use them in 3D Box Shot Pro! You can then manipulate the model in real time 3D, apply environment mapping, depth mapping, soft shadows and reflections, then export it as a transparent .png file ready to use in a design or on the web.

    In this article, I'm going to show you how to do this, as well as some basic techniques for making models look much more realistic. There are literally millions of .3DS models online. This is primarily because this is one of the main formats that Autodesk 3D Studio Max exports. 3D Studio Max is to 3D Artists what Adobe Photoshop is to graphic designs; the tool of choice. As a result, it's not too difficult to locate a .3DS model of pretty much anything you can think of!

    3D Model iPad


  • In this article we're going to be focusing on a 3D iPad model that you can download for free from a site called


    This site has thousands of .3DS files freely available to download and most of them will load directly into 3D Box Shot Pro without any trouble at all. You'll only need a few minor settings tweaks to get them looking great!

    So let's cut to the chase. You can download a model of Apple's iPad from 3D Archive by clicking this link or on the 3d iPad Model:



  • Once you've downloaded and unzipped the file all you need to do is fire up 3D Box Shot Pro (you can download the demo from this site if you haven't already bought a copy) and click the Load External File button on the Model Tab:

    Box Shot Pro Load External .3ds Model

    This will open a file browsing dialog. Browse to the folder where you unzipped the iPad Model and click open. 3D Box Shot Pro will then load in the iPad model.

    3D iPad Ambient Colour

    The first thing you'll need to do is to adjust the material settings for the various faces of the model. The models that ship with 3D Box Shot Pro already have the material values correctly adjusted, but with external models you may need to correct material values.

    When you load 3D iPad model into 3D Box Shot Pro, the screen will show as completely black. All you need to do is click on it, then select the Surface tab in Box Shot. From the drop down Ambient colour selection dialog, select white, or light gray. The screen of the 3D iPad model will immediately change colour.

    You're now ready to load an image to display on the screen. Click on the screen of the iPad again until it highlights in red. Click the load button under base texture

    As this model represents a first generation iPad, the resolution of the screen image should be 1024 x 768. We've included a template you can download here

    Once the texture has loaded it will appear on the screen immediately. If you want to change the texture, you will need to select the unload option under the Base Texture sub heading on the surface tab. This will unload the current texture and enable you to load a new texture.

    Next up we need sort out the remaining faces on the model. Since the iPad is made out of aluminum we need load in an appropriate texture to make the edges look metallic. Simply click on the edge of the 3D iPad model until it highlights in red. You can now load a metallic texture onto the side of the 3D iPad model.

    Ok, so we've now go something that looks a lot like an iPad. But it's still missing some skeuomorphic elements that make it look like a real iPad. The first thing is that the iPad's screen is made of glass. We can simulate this in 3D Box Shot Pro, but applying some Environment mapping to the screen. This will essentially make the screen texture appear to be reflective.

    Click on the screen again and then drag Environment Texture opacity slide over to the right. Environment texturing is activate by default on all model surfaces in 3D Box Shot Pro. However, the default value is set to zero, so you need to move the slider to the right in order to make the environment mapping visible on the screen. You don't need to increase the slider much in order to create a realistic glass effect. A numeric value of 2.0 will be fine.

  • Now that screen is looking nice and shiny, we also need to apply some environment mapping to to the bezel around the screen.

    So there we have it! You now have a iPad model in 3D Box Shot Pro that Steve Jobs would be proud of. You can use this to export a transparent .png file from 3D Box Shot Pro at any size you could want from a tiny thumbnail to a 67 mega pixel image. Its the perfect way to help market iPad apps:

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