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How to make a Mod for Farming Simulator 21

Last updated on 4 months ago
If you would like to try to create your own Farming Simulator 21 mod, but need more information on how to do it, this is the right place to be. We will give you a clear step-by-step guide on what to do.

Let’s begin by answering the question: who will benefit from this guide? We would like to help those who would like to try to create a Farming Simulator 21 mod but have not done it before. We are not going to talk about how to edit a mod or create a map.

Before you begin, please bear in mind that the process of making a Farming Simulator 2021 mod is a lengthy one, so you shouldn’t expect quick results…

If you would like to know how long it might take, there is no definite answer. It depends very much on how long you can afford to spend on analyzing how to create FS 21 mods. For example, if you are willing to spend a few hours per week, you may need to dedicate approximately six months to become sufficiently skilled…

Yes, it may seem like a really long time. However, you need to be patient, because learning to make Farming Simulator 21 mods is an activity that will pay off in the end. Once you’ve nailed it, your possibilities will be limitless!

If you need something to keep you motivated, remember, that if you begin learning now, in a few months you will already have enough skills to make all sorts of mods, such as the missing equipment and various types of machinery.
Farming Simulator 21 3D Models

3D Model is a key part of this guide. Would you like to know why? The reason is that everything in the game is 3D. This is why every for FS 2021 mod you will need some 3D modeling skills. and you have a tool that is extremely handy in such cases – Blender. This software is free of charge and is simply indispensable. Do not be afraid – you will need time to figure out how it works, so don’t rush and take it easy at the start. It may happen so that it will take a few weeks for you to get comfortable with it, but once you learn how to use it, things will go smoothly.
And we can cheer you up by assuring you that you are not alone in the process – there are plenty of tutorials that you can check out and learn from, and eventually you will become a pro in Blender and be able to use it for making Farming Simulator 21 mods, so don’t hesitate to take this opportunity!

We advise that you begin with Blender’s official introduction videos. From these videos you can learn quite a few essential aspects:

Get to know the user interface
Learn to select objects
Learn to add or remove objects
Get acquainted with model meshes
Learn to edit meshes
Intro to extrusion function
Learn to use edge loops and loop cuts

If your goal is to get ahead in creating FS 21 mods fast, a few topics should be of particular interest to you. Those topics are introduction and modeling.

Press here to access Blender guides for beginners.
Also, Blender Guru may turn out to be very helpful to you, so take the time to look at it.
It’s all about Practicing modding for Farming Simulator 21

If you really intend to create your own Farming Simulator 2021 mod, you absolutely must learn to use Blender. This is where everyone begins when it some to creating something right from the start.

We recommend that you start with simple objects, for example, a barrel. The object itself is not really that important – what you need is practice. Try to remember the steps you need to take, what are the shortcuts you can use, etc.

Do not be too ambitious with your first Farming Simulator 21 mod project. What you should concentrate on is the process rather than the result. as you keep getting better, your creations will improve as well.
Optimization of Mods for Farming Simulator 21

You probably understand that it matters a lot how powerful your console or computer is. You have a choice of plenty of different specifications, this is why Giants faces a significant challenge in meeting the requirements of all sorts of devices. This is also true when it comes to FS 21 mods – ideally, there should be no difference what type of computer you use because all Farming Simulator 2021 modifications should be suitable for a variety of circumstances. Pay attention to this aspect when making your own mods.
Avoiding Lagging on Farming Simulator 21

When you begin to make your first very own Farming Simulator 21 mod, optimization is crucial in order to prevent various lags. You must admit that it’s super frustrating when you have reduced performance because of modifications. This occurs frequently because players use too many details when modeling. This is why it is a good idea to work with not too many resources, such as different parts or textures. Of course, you may feel tempted to make your model fancier by adding various details, however, it will not work well once you upload those embellishments to the game.

This is in fact among the biggest challenge those who make FS 2021 mods: you will have to find the right equilibrium between modeling inspiring 3D designs and respecting the optimization recommendations.
Regulations for creating Farming Simulator 21 mods

If you would like to take a look at the best mods created, check out Giants’ Modhub. The majority of FS 21 mods that you see there have been verified by Giants’ team and could be exemplary in terms of mod quality and compliance with the strictest requirements. Checking them out is a good way to improve your Farming Simulator 21 mods creating skills.

There is a set of guidelines that will help you to ensure that your mod is of top quality. These rules are available in Modhub and we strongly recommend that you respect them, because this will help you make your FS 21 mod function smoothly and make it popular in the community.

In fact, there is one regulation that we like and we want to tell you about – Polycount. You really need to observe it if you wish to make a high-quality mod!
If you do not know what it is, just keep on reading. All Farming Simulator 21 mods are made of triangles, and a triangle like this is called a polygon. So, logically, it means that Polycount is a sum of all triangles.

For example, something is made of 15000 triangles, so we can say it contains 15000 polys. And now it’s time to see recommendations for making mods for various types. You have four categories with a limited number of polycounts:

Attachments can have up to 40000 polys
Tractors can have up to 100000 polys
Trailers can have up to60000 polys
Harvesters can have up to 150000 polys

It’s really important to keep the Balance

We understand that everyone would love to make spectacular objects, e.g., life-like tractors and so on. But a detailed version of the tractor could have up to 4 mln. polys and it would definitely result in a huge lag in the game.

This is why we advise that you keep the balance when making your own FS 2021 mod. It is up to you which aspects you want to emphasize and which ones you can discard so that you comply with the rules and guarantee the top performance.

On the other hand, a shortcut is possible, particularly when it comes to games. It is possible to fake these object details, and it explains why low and high poly mods classification is needed.
The Process of Farming Simulator 21 Mod Creation

You can create pleasant-looking visuals without using a lot of resources. Want to know how? What you need is to have two versions of your Farming Simulator 2021 mod, those versions are called high and low poly versions. You will also need a regular map.

In the case of a high poly model, the polycount is not an issue, which means you can make your models as extensive as you wish.
The low poly model means a smaller number of details, and this is the model that you are going to use in the game.

What you want to do is use a high poly model for the regular map in the low poly version. What will happen? Once you add it to the game, the quality will appear very really high, the level of detail will be amazing, even though in fact those details will not be there.
This may sound complicated if you have not done it before, but it’s really simple and totally doable. Check out these tips that will help you in the process:

Start with the high poly version that has more details.
Then, a high poly model may be used for making a lower poly one.
And at last, you should create a normal map and an ambient occlusion map too.

The Process – Farming Simulator 21

It may look like it’s a tough task, to begin with the high poly FS 21 mod. Do not get discouraged – there are some excellent guides and video tutorials made by professionals such as CG Masters’ Chris Plush.

and don’t worry if guidelines are not created for Farming Simulator 21 mod specifically. The basics can be applied to all games, so do not hesitate to learn from the ones you like the most.

The best way to see if you are ready to make a mod yourself is to make a knife in Chris’s way – this is the last thing you need to do in the preparatory stage!
Editor of Giants for Farming Simulator 21

In the final step, you need to add textures to your model and wait till it’s approved by the Giants Editor. We are going to discuss this in greater detail in our next tutorial. Meanwhile – do not hesitate and go ahead right now!
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