Welcome to the LDraw.org Tutorials section. Here you can learn techniques to enhance your proficiency with various LDraw tools.
The tutorial section is constructed in a unique way to allow for easy expansion and addition of topics. We always have someone working on a new tutorial for LDraw.org. Courses are divided up into the following categories: Modeling, File Format Conversion, Rendering, Animation, and Parts Authoring. Within those categories there are levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Those levels are denoted by their number - tutorials within the 100 group are for beginners, 200 intermediate, and 300 advanced. So, for example, Rendering 101 is the most basic Rendering tutorial we have.
For more information on contributing to the Tutorials section at LDraw.org, see the bottom of the page.
Tips and Tricks
These quick pointers will help you on your way to a smoother LDraw experience all-around.
Learn the essentials of putting your LEGO models into the LDraw format using a variety of LDraw-based editing programs.
LDraw and LEdit Tutorial
Learn to use the original DOS LDraw tools with Bram Lambrecht's very popular and easy to follow tutorial.
File Format Conversion
Learn about converting file formats, the necessary link between Modeling and Rendering, and how to use the features of popular converters to your advantage.
Orient yoruself with the many complexities of creating high quality rendered models and scenes of your LDraw creations.
Take rendering to the next step and create movies of your LEGO models.
Learn how to create your own LDraw parts and how to submit them to the Parts Tracker for inclusion in our official updates.
Help Out! Write Tutorials for LDraw.org
We're looking for more good tutorials for the site to help out our new users and users who want to learn more. If you enjoy using the LDraw system of tools, this would be a great way to give back to the community! Tutorials only take an evening or two to write, so you're not killing yourself with a time commitment. Look on the right for the list of topics we're looking for.
The other cool thing is, no web skills are needed to write! Write your tutorial in plain text format, spacing out paragraphs, and zip up any images you create when you send it in!
If this sounds like something you would like to do, drop Tim Courtney a line and let him know! Thanks!!
We're Looking For These Tutorial Topics:
How to make images of your models for building instructions, web
publications, and print media.
How to create photo-realistic renderings using L3P and POV-Ray.
(step-by-step for beginners)
How to use the LGEO Library for better renderings.
Animations with POV-Ray
Creating Scenes in POV-Ray
Using Multipart files in your model - MPD
Introduction to Parts Authoring
Optimizing a model for creating building instructions