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Use PMDE to make a Model for MMD almost from Scratch


Read all the articles by LearnMMD's Silent Headset!How do I make a model for MikuMikuDance? How do I make my own MMD model? How do I make my selfie model for MMD? How do I use PMDE to make a model for MMD?

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Meet Aristella nee-chan... watch as we create her from an assortment of parts using PMDE. Make an MMD model!Use PMDE to make a Model for MMD…
almost from Scratch!

In my previous article, we learned how to do a simple “model parts replacement and addition”, and also how to use a “dummy” or a placeholder .x file to help with the editing. (You missed the article? Read it here. We’ll be using some- if not all- the techniques mentioned there and it’ll be easier if you read it beforehand since I’ll be keeping them short in this tutorial)

Now let’s kick it up a notch, shall we?

I’ll show you how to make your own model by using parts you already have and parts you can download. We will use PMDE to transplant parts from Miku, in this case, into your new creation.

Transplant may be a harsh word... but we make a model for MMD using PMDE to transplant parts!

As with my PREVIOUS article, about using a .x dummy as a placeholder while you install parts using PMDE, THIS article is uploaded onto its own free-standing page:
https://learnmmd.com/Make_PMD_Model_PMDE/

See how to make an MMD model using PMDE!
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We’ll see you there!

 


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26 Comments

  1. orange twist orange twist
    July 2, 2017    

    Shift+Delete dosen’t work for me.

    • Silent Headset Silent Headset
      July 2, 2017    

      Shift+Delete only works on vertices (those orange and green dots on every surface of the model). You’ll need to select which vertices that’s gonna be deleted and when they turned orange, hit Delete while holding down the Shift button. For other objects like bones and joints, just hit Delete.

      • orange twist orange twist
        July 2, 2017    

        Also, my PMDE dosen’t have the ‘surface recongnizing synchronizer’ button.

        • Silent Headset Silent Headset
          July 4, 2017    

          Err… what? I never heard of that before as well.
          I’m talking about the Vertex selection button though. If you’re using the same version of PMXE as the one used in the article above, it’s the “V” button in the upper left of PMDView window.
          To view the vertices, there are 2 buttons you can use at the lower left of the PMDView that looks like green and orange spray paint trace of sorts. Green will show all vertices while orange will highlight those you’ve selected. Use them in conjunction with the Vert/Mat button at the upper center to single out the layer of material you’ll be working on.

  2. HaruAkina HaruAkina
    April 25, 2017    

    aaa love this tutorial!! very usefull

    but i have a problem. when i import a part its colour change (different from the real image and body parts go white) and transparent. what should i do? i try to uncheck the 2-side, group the part in a folder, change the tex but it was useless.

    please help me :'(

    • Silent Headset Silent Headset
      April 25, 2017    

      Ah, probably you didn’t copy the textures with it?
      If you import parts from different folder, PMDE won’t be able to find the textures used in the imported parts.
      To fix this, simply copy the necessary textures from the part’s original folder to your edited model’s folder (make sure to make a separate folder for all your models!). In case the textures don’t pop-out in place right away, save and reload the model.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 27, 2017    

    So I made my whole model and such but when I tried to open and pose it in MMD the face and body were moving separately
    Some help please?
    I’m new at the PMD editor

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      March 27, 2017    

      I replied to you via email… please check your email.

      • Anonymous Anonymous
        March 28, 2017    

        Thanks a lot for the help!

  4. Hill59 Hill59
    January 2, 2017    

    My model keeps crashing mmd T^T . i deleted all un-needed physics and joints but it still won’t work. Please help!

    • January 2, 2017    

      There are several reasons why a model might crash. Try to run the command “File->State verification of the PMD data” (or “PMX info”, as it’s called in a newer PMXE) and run its output through Google Translate. It may give you an idea where to look in the first place.

      • Hill59 Hill59
        January 4, 2017    

        it worked perfectly but i could not understand this one:

        Duplicate registration bones: 943 | … × Bad! The bones below are duplicated in the display frame.
        (5, 5, 11, 15, 15, 14, 15, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14, 15, 15, 15, 11, 15, 15, 14, 15, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14, 15, 15 , 15, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, , 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, , 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, , 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14 , 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, , 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, , 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14 , 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15 , 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14 , 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15 , 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15 , 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 15, 14, 15, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 , 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14, 15, 14, 15)

        And this one:
        Rigid body A reference illegal: 8 | … × Bad! The following Joint has incorrect rigid body A setting.
        (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

        What should i do?

        • January 4, 2017    

          In the “Display pane” tab, bones are gathered in groups for representation in Frame Manipulation Panel (to the left). If a bone isn’t included into any group, you won’t be able to see it there (you can still select it in the rendering screen, but once you leave it, your control over it is gone). Listed bones, though, are included into too many groups. Purge them so that there’s no duplicate bones in groups and no unused groups – while the latter should not cause crashes, you’ll find your FMP much more orderly and convenient.

          As for the second problem, in the Joint tab of PMDE check joints with respective numbers. Settings A and B refer to rigid bodies (aka, incorrectly, “physics”) that the joint connects. I can’t say what exactly settings are necessary without seeing, though.

          • Hill59 Hill59
            January 5, 2017    

            it worked thank you!

          • Hill59 Hill59
            January 5, 2017    

            Thank you so much, it worked!

  5. May 19, 2016    

    Hi so I wanted to know how can we do all of this in PMXeditor . I couldn’t download PMDedtor (I don’t know why ^^”) so please help.

    • May 19, 2016    

      I can actually do all this but the only difference is that there is no physics button. Instead the buttons are : Vertex, Face, Bones, Body, Joints and I guess that’s it so please help me.

      • Silent Headset Silent Headset
        May 19, 2016    

        Uhh…really? No physics button? It’s the one at the PMDView window (the one with grid), simply labeled as “P”
        If you’re using the translated version of PMXE, the top-left row just under the File button should read “Sel: V M B P J” and the physic button is the P.
        Found it yet?

  6. combomapoles combomapoles
    April 23, 2016    

    I clicked the link to the article. That’s a great article if you ask me. But some of the pics are gone. Please fix it. Thanks

    • combomapoles combomapoles
      April 23, 2016    

      P.S.
      I see nothing’s wrong with my inet connection that I also refreshed my browser a couple of times. Still, those images wouldn’t show up

    • April 23, 2016    

      I checked the page with a debugger and indeed three pictures in Part I of the linked page are missing (starting from “Use parts from Miku to make an MMD model almost from scratch.”). Reggie/SH, please attend.

  7. Ro Ro
    March 26, 2016    

    Hi! I have been trying to create models for a series I am planning. I have created the first model (which is Rosie). I saved and loaded it into MikuMikuDance. It’s in its default position. But, when I load a motion data, she comes out looking like she was possessed. Is there a way I can fix this?

    • March 26, 2016    

      Define “possessed”. Is it her skirt and/or hair flapping uncontrollably? Then it’s a problem of glitching physics, actually quite common. So far we have no tutorial on how to fix it, but there are ways to circumvent it.

      Or is it that her legs that can’t find their fixed position around their IK bones (or hands, if you tried to insert IK bones into them too)? It can be if you did those bones yourself. Try to save the model as .pmx instead of .pmd and see if it behaves better.

      If it’s something else, please be more specific.

  8. knghomir knghomir
    November 12, 2015    

    hey, im new with MMD and have been playing with it about 3-4 days ago. and in this article i want to ask about how you manage your folders when come to modeling characters? it seems you separating the model folder and your OC folder. and i got a problem whenever i do separating folder thing, some of them had missing texture, so i always drop in all the model and the texture onto real model folder. please help ;-;

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      November 12, 2015    

      Yes… keep each model in its own folder… and move the folder into the MODELS folder inside the UserFiles folder… and do not mix files between model folders… unless you have some reason to do it. Funny that the original MMD download models are not in separate folders… ALL of their parts are just tossed into that folder. … I hope that answered your question.

    • Silent Headset Silent Headset
      November 15, 2015    

      Late reply, sorry ^^;

      Here’s the thing, you got a default “model” folder whenever you unzip MMD.
      Now that maybe the default folder, but that does not mean you can’t make another folder to better organize your model storage.
      For me, each character got their own folder, so I can easily navigate through my massive model list and find them.

      You said you lost the textures whenever you move a model to different folder, that’s understandable, since textures need to be inside the exact same place as the model.

      What you can do is, whenever you download or edit a model and place them in another folder, make sure to copy the textures (and everything else, really) included in their original folder as well. Place them in the same folder as your .pmd/.pmx file, and that should solve the texture issue.

      That’s as detailed as I can get, hope that helps!

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