Use these free apps to help create and draw your backgrounds!

Have you ever struggled with creating backgrounds for your work? Maybe you have a character in mind, but can’t work out how to place them in a scene?

Today we’re going to introduce a great hack that professional manga and anime artists love to use!

You might have heard of 3D model apps that can help with character creation… but did you know there are apps available for 3D room planning too? What better way to plan out your own original scene, than to simply select and lay down all of the objects to create your own custom reference image!

It’s so much more versatile and customisable than using a photo reference, and you can tweak the camera angles to find the perfect perspective for your image. There are endless props, furniture, and outdoor landscaping tools that let you get super creative with your scenes. Some of the apps even have the option to light the room in different ways, which is so helpful when deciding how to light your scene. We definitely recommend you give these resources a try.

Below you can find three of our favourite free apps that will make background illustration a breeze!

(We aren’t sponsored by or affiliated with any of the following apps, by the way – we just think they’re great!)

Great 3D Room Planning Apps!


“Easily draw floor plans, furnish and decorate your rooms and experience your design ideas live and in best Augmented Reality (AR) quality. Configure what you love and share your plans with friends.”


“Live Home 3D is multi-platform home design software that helps anyone create detailed floor plans and 3D renderings. You will be amazed how easily, quickly and precisely you can layout and furnish a room or an entire house, plan exterior and adjust the terrain.”


“With Home Design 3D, designing and remodeling your house in 3D has never been so quick and intuitive!

Accessible to everyone from home decor enthusiasts to students and professionals, Home Design 3D is the reference interior design application for a professional result at your fingertips!”

We hope you’ll use these useful resources to create some great scenes own! We’re always excited to see our students’ work, so be sure to post it in the comments section of our video lectures and get personal advice from our teachers. We’d love you to Tweet us your work too!

Happy studying everyone!

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