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Advice: Free 3D software by Crevist Advice: Free 3D software by Crevist
*Work in progress expect this to be finished up in a few weeks*

Introductions:

moved a bunch of these from the 3D tutorial list for easy access rather than it being part of a huge list. It will give me a chance to add more content to the ones I have as well as putting a bunch of newer links.

Da Clubs and other 3D site communities

Some 3D clubs and Communities to join meet people,learn and improve.

:icongame-art: :icon3d-asuarus: :icon3dmodeling: :icon3d-characters: :icon3-dimensions: :iconzbrushers-guild::icon3d-artists::iconthe3dartistclub::icon3d-enchantment: :icon3-d-art: :iconblender-club::icon3d-animation: :icon3dgurus: :iconblendergameart::icondazclub:

Renderosity

Cg.Tutsplus

Cg Textures

11 Second Club

Pixologic a community of Z-brush artists

ConceptArt.org a mix of both 3D,traditional,digital, artists as well as animators

Game Artisans a community of both novice and industry professionals improving their skills in 3D

Recommended tools and starter suggestions

1.Wacom tablet(for making textures and modeling in z-brush or mudbox)
2.Drawing tools( for roughing out character designs can also be done with photoshop with a tablet)
3. References are important whether your modeling something,texturing, or need examples of walk cycles for animations keep a folder or bookmarks for them.

Free 3D Software

Interested? or want to get into 3D and but can't afford 3D max,maya,cinema 4D etc? here are a few links to get you started.

Scupltris</b>(accepts exported obj files from other 3D programs and saves out obj as well for high rez baking)

[link]

- sculpt 3D models with this software works like z-brush and mudbox but free.

RoadKill</b>

[link]

-This is a helpful program that helps properly work with UV placements using colour system that tells you if your uv map is having errors. Work well with allot of the 3D programs just remember to export after you do your uvmap object or character as a obj.

instructions are given in the manual

anim8or

[link]

- it is another free 3D modeling and character animation program

video tutorials

Daz 3D</u>

[link]

-another free program worth checking out. You can upgrade to the pro version but it cost money. Also on the site purchase additional programs by daz such as.

Hexagon(sculpt,texture,uv maping)
[link]

Bryce(rendering. lighting,landscapes)
[link]

Carrara(realistic modeing posing,advanced modeling, terrain-building, physics, and rendering)
[link]

tutorials are listed on the site and below

Terragen</u>

[link]

-Terragen is a scenery generator which can be used to create photo realistic background images and animations.

tutorials can be found on the site as well as below in the tutorial section

Wings 3D</u>

[link]

-another free 3D program works with most operating systems pc,mac,linux,source . There is no support in Wings for doing animations but you can always import your models to blender or more specialized rendering.

tutorials are available on the site but there are some also included in the tutorial section in here.

Google SketchUp

[link]

-A 3D sketching software for the conceptual phases of design.

See the Tutorial portion of this page for sketchup tutorials

Blender

[link]

-a free down loadable 3D program you can use if you would like to do some 3D related artworks. Any tutorials or tips in working with the tools can be found on the site.

Additional tutorials: [link]

xNormal

[link]

- its like crazy bump but its free for anyone who wants to make bumpmaps,Ambient Occlusion Maps etc.

tutorials are provided on the site and some in the tutorial section.

Random link finds

Books

Animating with Blender by: D.Roland Hess

Blender 3D Noob to Pro Miscellaneous Tutorials

Blender 3D Noob to Pro Beginner Tutorials

Blender Basics by: James Chronister

Blender 3D GameKit 1st Edition by: TonRoosendaal and Carsten Wartmann

Articles

Blender Art Magazine #9

Tutorials can be found here:[link]
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kvcnt Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So among all the listed softwares, do you know which one of the the easiest to learn and remains as a free software? Just for 3d-modelling (the Animation part can be done after)
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1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool list! :thanks:
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Zylo004 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect!
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:iconjomei-hoshikawa:
jomei-hoshikawa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I'm super grateful you took the time and effort to share this info with everyone. Fav and will try out some programs.
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:iconmmdsydney123:
MmdSydney123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
What about MikuMikuDance?
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clippingpath1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
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DineshPanchal Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
thanks for all this...........
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Lion6255 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful list that you have here.Thanks for putting it all together for us!
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:iconkaradaniano:
karadaniano Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is like a sanctuary for a 3d designer, thank you very much!!!!
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:iconichigomurasaki:
IchigoMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know Google Sketch up is good so I will download that to my flash drive. Thanks!
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Gilko Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
when downloading blender, there are a couple of opinions USA, German, NL1, NL2. Would I download USA, I live in the UK but is this just refering to the language or are people outside the USA, Germany unable to use blender??
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wolfshield Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D i'll try these... :D thank you...
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
np :D
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shooterfox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
hey, I'm trying to find a good program for making hideous 3d models like [link] , would you happen to have any suggestions
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:iconlydorn:
Lydorn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use Blender!
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EvilSanninsLover Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Thank yopu so much for this useful list!
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
np :D
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FearlessFilly Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Alice, which is a free software by Carnegie Mellon University, is another great software.
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hypnogoddess Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Did you know that the magazine 3D Artist frequently includes full versions of software?
I got Carrara 6 that way. A different one, PC Pro I think, had full Bryce 6 on it. These
mags are UK-published, but many of them can also be bought in the US or Canada.
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mickderks Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Most of Blender's wiki articles are totally outdated, last time I checked. I'd suggest to anyone starting with blender to check out [link] . I've got a fair amount of lighting tutorials for Blender, but for other topics the tutorials are mostly for any program.

Yup, I'm a Blender user. :D
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stefmixo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
It' DAZ not DRAZ.
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks for the heads up its been fixed
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NegimaSonic Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
um since there doesn't seem to be any real order of the programs here...

mind moving Blender to the first free 3d program you suggest ^-^ since its also the one that you link with books and articles at the end.

I just like Blender lol so I'm trying to get it to appear first XD
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Garassi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Also, you might want to check out Kerkythea [link] and it's free. :)
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:icongarassi:
Garassi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Carrara isn't free :(
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hailqueenspider Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
:la: awesome!
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
ty :D
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:iconthe-free-mason:
The-Free-Mason Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blender 2.5 all the way baby!
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
indeed :D
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akinlolugboji Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Why not add to the list Accurender.

Easy to use Render engine. Constantly being upgraded at no additional cost to the user.

Comes with shaders or library with an incorporated plant library and tree maker.

[link]
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tahti-bunny Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Thanks for putting this up! It's very helpful to have a list of good free 3D programs. I do have a question. I'm more interested in making text, objects, buildings, aircrafts and spaceships. Which free program would be best for this? Thanks!
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student General Artist
np :D

well they are all pretty good for doing that though blender might be good. Mostly cause some of the free 3D programs you have to buy different versions to get access to more features but you get the most out of the free version. Plus if you want to do animating with those later on you have that option to do so since some of the 3D programs don't have that or have little of it. There are book in this same page below to start with as well but again its your decision some free programs have advantages over others.
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tahti-bunny Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
also, I want to be able to import my 3D work into photoshop and work on details and texturing. Which one (or ones) would you suggest for that?
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tahti-bunny Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
thanks for the advice. I tried using blender before but I hated it. It gives me headache. I really dislike the interface. I downloaded sculptris and I'm loving it. I just need to find another program so that I can do 3D text and buildings.
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Garnet-Huntress Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Wanna point out another great and rather fun free program I've found useful, CB Model Pro, it may come in handy for a few others as well: [link]

There's also a simpler one called Arts Of Illusion which is very VERY beginner friendly, actually the program I started learning 3D with: [link]

Figured as another with a bunch of 3D programs she's found over the years that I'd throw those two out there for ya, they can be rather useful. Good list you've going here though!
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joshpurple-Gassy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Outstanding work! Thank You! :w00t:
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student General Artist
np :D glad you liked it
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bluemaya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
thank for the useful info ^^ i'll be sure to check it from time to time :+fav:
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
np :D glad you liked it
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You forgot Daz Studio.
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
I haven't forgotten what you have suggested in the other one still adding to it
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:icontymora11:
tymora11 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figured. Daz Studio is a program distributed by Daz3d, which is similar to a simplified version of Poser. Daz3d kinda has a unique business model in that they offer the basic software and models for free, then sell upgrades and add-ons for the program.

Daz3d is the company; Daz Studio is the program.
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STAT1C-X Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful advice :D
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
ty :D
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Su5anLee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize there were more 3D freeware other than Blender and Google Sketchup. Must fave! :la:
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student General Artist
indeed glad you liked it :D
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goldenEden Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
blender 3D is freez
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:iconcrevist:
Crevist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student General Artist
indeed :D so are the books to read about it at the bottom =P
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:icongoldeneden:
goldenEden Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah
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