A Pallet of Cans

Here’s a nice example of a complex scene made by our customer (thanks, Greg). Let’s have a closer look and learn how to make one.

A pallet of cans scene


There’s plenty of boxes filled with cans and wrapped up. You can make one with a single can with step and repeat in a few clicks.

Multiple cans created with step and repeat tool

Make sure you use instances to keep the scene light–weight. Boxshot uses instances by default, just keep it that way.

You can then add some randomness with the Scatter tool. It lets you randomly shift and rotate the shapes a bit to simulate the real life block of cans.

Adding some randomness with the scatter tool

Here I randomly rotated the cans by up to 360° around the vertical axis.

Make sure you select the cans themselves, not their parent group when using the Scatter tool, as otherwise the random transformation will be applied to the whole group at once. You don’t need that.

Paper Tray

There’s a few options for the cardboard tray. You can make one in Origami and import as a 3D model.

Making paper tray in Origami

Or you can use the built–in box and make the top part transparent by adjusting the materials.

Finally, you can even compose a simple tray using some flat elements like extruded rectangle or the “Image” shape. The bottom part of the tray is covered anyways, so it doesn’t really matter.

We’ll be using the Origami box, so here I imported the one shown above and aligned it with the cans.

A cardboard box filled with cans

You will need to align the tray with the cans after importing and put it to the same group as the cans. See the scene tree on the left: I made a single group called block which includes both the tray and cans. Now you can move them all together as a single element without shifting something out.

Shrink Wrap

Once we have a cardboard tray of cans, it is time to wrap it up. Select the group and use Shrink Wrap tool to do the job:

Shrink-wrapped cardboard of cans in Boxshot

After about a minute of shrink wrap simulation and some film material editing you’ll end up with something like this:

Shrink wrap finished

Again, make sure the film model is a part of the “block” group, so everything moves as a whole.

Building a Layer

The pallet is filled up with boxes in a non–regular way. We cannot do this with step and repeat in one step, so let’s break the task apart. First, we’ll make enough instances of the box using the step and repeat tool:

Making enough boxes for a layer

Make sure you have the snapping option enabled in the Scene menu, so the boxes stick to each other.

Then start arranging the boxes one by one to make the proper layer. It helps to move them out of the group, so you can easily pick one or another (see the scene tree on the left):

Start making a box layer

Once done, you’ll end up with a layer of boxes like this:

The layer is done

The original scene has two types of layers, so the boxes holds better to each other, so you might need to group the boxes back, make a copy and re–arrange the boxes for another layer. You should end up with this:

Two layers of can boxes

Good, we’re almost done!

Making a Stack

Although you can copy and paste the layers a few times to make a stack, it is better to again use the step and repeat tool. Make sure the layers are right one above another and there is no gap between them, then group them into a single “double layer” object and open the step and repeat tool:

Making a stack of cardboard boxes layers

Add two more copies of the layers above the existing ones and click OK.

Adding a Pallet

This one is simple. Drag the pallet from the left panel and align it to the boxes. You might need to move the boxes a bit up, so the pallet fit below them.

Adding a pallet to the scene

Done! We did it! Of course it doesn’t look as fancy as the Greg’s one, but its structure is exactly the same. I bet yours will be even better, so feel free to share it with us!

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