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quickandeasy says

for a beginner?

I read good reviews about Maya, Cinema 4D and 3DS Max

I need something to start me off, not too price heavy and obviously of industry standard. I’m not going to use it to make big 3D graphical scenes, mainly for rendering small objects to use in designs.

What would you recommend?

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dany_j says

I would go with Maya because its the best and most important because have tons of tutorials

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mordauk says

Check out Blender. It’s open source and free, but spectacular. You should also check out Blender Cookie, they have fantastic tutorials for getting started.

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quickandeasy says

Wow, thanks! I was considering paying so much when there is a free alt!

you’re officially ‘tha man’

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canimalition says

I using Houdini, Maya… Try Houdini, but little expensive…

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crozer says

And whenever you feel like trying out another software, try C4D .

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mordauk says
quickandeasy said
Wow, thanks! I was considering paying so much when there is a free alt! you’re officially ‘tha man’

My brother makes his living with Blender (he’s the cofounder of Blender Cookie). Most of the work on there is his, if you want to see some of the things you can do with it.

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nexion says

Depends what you’re going to do. I’ve started with 3dsmax because it was the most popular then, C4D is also a great all-rounder, maybe better now. Maya is/was, as long I know the best solution for character modeling. There are tons of other less popular.

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Giallo says

Photoshop CS5 has AWESOME 3d tools and rendering software!! I just downloaded a full videogtraining from a very famous website (it has a “Lynda” inside the name ;) ) and it’s incredible: you can make extrusions and advanced revolutions, repousse, and many other things…

You should check it out on Youtube. Learning a 3d software for real is way too complex and require at least 6 months of full work and experiments to get somthing clear, specially if you’re a noob with 3d softwares.

U will see how easy is to create some objects with C4D or Rhino or 3DMax, but also how hard is to make what you really want to.

That’s why I suggest to start with Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Extended) 3D tools, also because in the future PS will also be a 3d motor (when computers will have an average of 32 GB RAM ). That’sgoing to happen I’m sure

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quickandeasy says

@Giallo, that’s a very good point, but, I’ve been looking on that Blender Cookie @mordauk posted, and I must say, I’m hooked! haha

I’ll check out CS5 though, that’s going to be a natural progression anyway

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