Sketchfab loves our students. We really, really love you.
A bajillion (that’s totally a real number) students signed up for our free student PRO account this week. We saved you money. You sent us tons of emails filled with adoration. (Doesn’t seem like an even trade. You’ll get us back one day, right?)
But because I love watching my CEO’s head explode as we hand out free accounts, help me get the word out! It’s a Facebook and Twitter Share our Free Student PRO account Challenge. And yeah, you’ll win more free stuff.
The Facebook/Twitter Student SHARE Challenge
A Sketchfab Care Package? Yup. Just like from your Mom, only it won’t have socks and undies. (Unless we end up buying Sketchfab Underoos.)
The Sketchfab Care Package
Thanks for using Sketchfab! If you have any questions or just wanna shoot the breeze, email me at email@example.com
Designers all over the world use Sketchfab to share their work in real time 3D. Why? Our platform is the best way to share your designs and allow your fans to fully explore your models. But did you ever wish your Sketchfab models could tell a story? Take your viewers on a mini-tour of your favorite parts? Sounds crazy, right?
Wrong. Totally sane. With Sketchfab’s new annotations, you can mark different points on your model, record the best camera position, and add a description. You can use annotations on any of your Sketchfab models, and they’re super simple to navigate.
Try one now:
As of today, annotations are now available for all Sketchfab accounts. Free accounts can add up to 5 annotations (on each model) and PRO users can add up to 20.
How to Add Annotations to your Models
Go to your model and open the 3D settings page.
Switch to the annotations tab on the left side of the page.
Navigate to a location you’d like to annotate and double-click. This will place the annotation marker on the surface of your model.
Enter a title and a description for your annotation.
Your new annotations appears in the annotations bar. Click the camera icon to record the current camera settings for this annotation.
In the annotations bar, you can also easily edit previous annotations, delete them and even reorder them. Just grab one and drag it up or down the list.
Finally, don’t forget to save your new annotations. :)
Two more tips:
Not happy with the location of an annotation on your model? Just grab it and move it to a better position!
Hyperlinks in the description are clickable. For the best results, keep the links short by using a URL shortener: Sketchfab models all have a short URL under the ‘Share’ option. For external links, you can use a free service like bit.ly.
Don’t feel like reading directions? Watch this video tutorial on annotations instead! You can also check our dedicated Annotations FAQ.
Our Favorite Annotated Models
…for now. Your newly annotated model could be the next favorite in our favorite list.
Education - Rat Brain
Scientific Illustrator Mieke Roth uses annotations to give in-depth information about specific areas of a rat brain in this model:
Art - Classic Racing Car
JC Volumic gives you a tour of his classic racing car. There’s some details you might have missed without his annotations:
Product presentation - Google Cardboard
Showing a virtual reality set in virtual reality :) It’s like a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a dream. Fun tip: did you know you can browse this with your Oculus?
Business use - The Sketchfab Team!
The Sketchfab team is distributed over 6 different locations in North America and Europe. We’re so global! Discover where we are:
Are you ready to try annotations?
This week, only annotated models will be added to our Staff Picks. So give annotations a try! Don’t you want your work in the spotlight? We know you do. ;-)
Thanks for checking out our new annotations feature! And remember, as always, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
or praise. We totally love praise. Enjoy!
You’re a student. You’re poor. And you just ate your last bag of Ramen noodles.
We know you procrastinated your final project by re-creating an awesome asset you saw in Skyrim. But as you click the Sketchfab UPLOAD button, you secretly think, “Golly Gee, I sure do wish I had a PRO plan. Awe shucks.”
Sadly, the extra ten dollars a month could buy you, oh, 500 bajillion bags of Ramen noodles. So sad.