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is the backbone of the graphics community. Photographers call it the
"Devils Camera" because you can pretty much do anything with it (given
you have the skill.) PS is what most of the graphic artists use for the
majority of their work. If you are looking to start graphic designing,
learn this program first.
is the current leader in landscape generation. It has the combined
attributes of Terragen and Bryce, plus much much more. It's a little
tougher to learn than Terragen or Bryce, but it's well worth the
learning time. It has great animation skills, and doesn't require any
plugins to export the terrain to pretty much any other 3d program. This
is very usefull when modeling landscapes in other programs. It also has
modeling capacities, and is often used to model such things as castle
landspaces. Current version: Vue 5 Infinite.
is another 3D Landscape rendering program, but it is not a great one.
The renders take maybe 5-10 times longer than that of Terragen, and come
out not even half as realistic. A perk of Bryce's that Terragen does
not have though, is it can be used for abstracts as well. It also has
many things, like bushes, and other landscape items, that Terragen does
is an amazing landscape rendering program. It is quite easy to use, and
produces completely photorealistic renders. One of the best perks about
this program, is it has many plugins (even plugins where you can import
terragen landscapes to many other programs.) For beautiful landscapes,
this is a must have. Best of all, ITS FREE! (for non-commercial use.)
Maxon Cinema 4D
4D is definatly the most user friendly 3D rendering program that is
used by the graphics community. It can create abstract, or even
professional models with ease (compared to other programs.) It's renders
come out nice and smooth. This is a must for aspiring graphic artists.
Discreet 3d Studio Max
Studio Max is not as user friendly as other 3D rendering programs, but
it is definatly the most powerful. It's MANY rendering options put other
programs renders to shame. If you're looking for the best in 3D
capabilities, this is your program.
is a very powerful 3D modeling program. This program is used widely in
the gaming industry. If you have ever played Final Fantasy X and above,
you have seen the great work this program can do. This program is not as
user friendly as C4D, but it is definatly easier than 3DS. So, if you
would like great quality, with a moderate challenge, here is your
NewTek Lightwave 3D
have used Lightwave many times, and I must say it is the master of 3D
modeling and special effects. It has very advanced settings for such
things as bump maps, and materials, giving your scenes the realism they
need. This program is the REAL DEAL. Beginners beware, this one will
take some time for you to get the hang of.
Curious Labs Poser
is the ultimate in fast and efficient character design. This program is
specifically ment for character design, and animation. The characters
you create in this program can easily be exported to other 3d modeling
programs, to be integrated into your scenes. If you want realistic
characters, and fast, this is what you need.
is a fractal generation program. You can program your own scripts for
it as well. Apophysis is a great program to use for textuing your art.
Best of all, it's FREE!
Things you should know:
If you are looking to become a professional graphic designer, here a few things you will need to know.
Television and Movies:
you are looking to work on Television, then you are going to need to
learn either Maya or Lightwave, because those are the leading 3d
modeling programs in television. Adobe After Effects is the main program
used to compose and edit scenes on television and movies, so you will
need to know that as well.
Video Game Design:
now, 3d Studio Max DOMINATES the video game industry. Softimage|XSI is
followed closely behind it though, so you will need to know those
programs well if you are thinking about game design.
Flash and Dreamweaver are the base programs for web design. Flash MX
2004 Pro is an unstopable force in web design effects, a good flash site
can run from $1000 and WAY above.
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