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Strata users from around the world have generously created these tutorials to help get you started in Strata Design 3D CX. If you know of a good Strata Design 3D CX tutorial that really should be here, or if you've created a tutorial for other users, please let us know!

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Animated Film Strip Effect, by John Jones


John Jones leads us through recreating a common 3D effect: the animated film strip. This tutorial can be completed in any version of Strata 3D CX.

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Creating a Splash with Silo


Eric makes a splash with this Silo tutorial. He (sub)divides this seemingly complex technique into easy-to follow steps.

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Gem Modeling by Rodrigo Duarte


Questions are often asked about modeling, texturing, and rendering a realistic diamond. Red Rock instructor Rodrigo Duarte answers these questions with this gem of a tutorial.

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Advanced SDS Modeling by John Jones


John Jones created this advanced tutorial which shows how to create a rocking horse using the SDS modeler in Strata 3D CX.

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Displacement Mapping by Mike Hopkins


Mike Hopkins shows how the small details add up to make a realistic product rendering.

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Trees In Photoshop by Ahmad Johari


Ahmad shows us great Photoshop techniques for realistic landscaping in your architectural renderings.

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Simple Spaceship by John Barrie


John creates an impressive space scene with only a 2D hexagon and Strata 3D.

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Creating An X-Ray Effect by Rodrigo Duarte


Rodrigo shows us a simple yet effective technique for creating a cool X-Ray effect.

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Simulating A Fire Effect by John Barrie


This tutorial comes from John Hunter Barrie, a past featured artist and long time Cafe member. Focusing on effects, rather than modeling or texturing, John shows how to simluate a fire effect using volumetrics and various Photoshop filters.

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Spiral Wire by John Barrie


One of the more baffling shapes to make is a spiral cord for telephones or other appliances. John leads us through a quick and *flexible* way of creating these types of wires in Strata 3D CX.

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Displacement Mapping by Jon Carlson


Jon shows us how to use Displacement Mapping in Strata 3D CX to create details that would be too difficult or time-consuming to model.

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Flame Effect by John Barrie


Long time Cafe member John H. Barrie shows us a simple technique for a realistic candle flame effect.

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Making Anaglyph Images by Jan Kaliciak


Anaglyphs are used to create a 3D effect using a pair of red and blue glasses. Jan demonstrates this technique using Strata 3D CX and Adobe Photoshop.

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Modeling A Dinosaur in Silo 1.4 by Glen Southern


Glen Southern provides this tutorial which is aimed at 3D artists that are new to Silo but have some knowledge of Polygonal modeling. Glen demonstrates how to use Silo in this *cube-to-dinosaur* tutorial.

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Building A Dandelion Seed by Ed Tuttle


Ed takes us step-by-step through the creation of a dandelion seed. This tutorial uses Strata 3D, Photoshop, and a little help from StrataStock for the final image.

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