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Old 07-31-2008, 09:01 AM
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3D Software + Photoshop

Hi,
do you use 3D software in addition to photoshop in your works,
to create some specific environment, some room interiors, lightning effects,
or some characters, ...?
Any software that works better than others, easy to learn and to use?
I don't want to do animation, just looking for something that complements what I do now with photoshop.
Silo, Zbrush, Maya, C4d, 3ds max, Blender, ....?
I've just found that there's tones of them, and I'd like to start studying one, but
which one? I've checked some 3d forums, and I'm more confused every day...

Any recomendation and comment on how you use them for your work would be great.

Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:29 AM
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3d software + Photoshop

Hi,
do you use 3D software in addition to photoshop in your works,
to create some specific environment, some room interiors, lightning effects,
or some characters, ...?
Any software that works better than others, easy to learn and to use?
I don't want to do animation, just looking for something that complements what I do now with photoshop.
Silo, Zbrush, Maya, C4d, 3ds max, Blender, ....?
I've just found that there's tones of them, and I'd like to start studying one, but
which one? I've checked some 3d forums, and I'm more confused every day...

Any recomendation and comment on how you use them for your work would be great.

Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:33 AM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

I've just moved this post to Synthetic Imaging forum.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:33 AM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

Try Luxology Modo.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:30 PM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

Based on your interest, I'd suggest Modo as well. Modo has a great modeling tool and a sculpting tool as well. It has a decent renderer and a very easy to use UV unwrapping tool, which is a time saver when it comes to texturing.

If you're not familiar first thing about 3D, I'd suggest you to stay away from programs made by the industry giants. Highend 3D programs, such as Maya, 3DS Max, XSi, and Houdini all have a very high learning curve and also very expensive.

Silo seems promising for 3D modeling as the cheapest alternative, but it doesn't have a renderer. However, you can export your 3D models to Blender or POVray (both are free) and render your 3D models that way.

ZBrush is just an amazing 3D sculpting program. It's great if you're into organice modeling, but not so good for non-organic. You'll also need to have a separate 3D program with a capable renderer to accompany with it. It integrates very well with Maya.

C4D is also a good choice for you. It has a rendered that's capable of rendering photo realistic stuff. It also not that hard to learn. I personally know a couple of 2D visual effect artists working in Hollywood that didn't know jack about 3D. They picked up C4D and within a fairly short time they were able to implement that program in a production environment. Well, they're also very competent artists so YMMV.

For Photoshop work, all you need is a program that allows you to model and render out decent looking stuff. So, start with a lower end one and move to the big guys when you become more familiar with 3D.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:51 AM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

Thanks for your answers.
For what I've seen so far modo seems the easyest one, and is the one I'm going to try.
I've just found a web (www.vertexmonkey.com) with lots of tutorials, so ... that's how my summer is going to be, there's a lot to learn!
I've also seen this terragen soft that's quite interesting, and it doesn't seem very difficult too, and may be useful for some works.
If it goes right, maybe in the future I try some other soft, but we'll see.
Well, I'll try to do something with them, and I may post the results...if the results are acceptable!
Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:21 PM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

vertexmonkey looks like a great site. 3D requires a lot of commitment even if you were learning from the easiest program. Have fun learning the process, though.

Here's a site for inspiration.

http://cgtalk.com
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

I used to use 3d max, with some PS work. Nowadays, i try to keep is separate...dunno why...just feels more "real"
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:34 PM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

FWIW Photoshop CS3 Extended can import 3D models and rotate them, etc.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:17 AM
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Re: 3D Software + Photoshop

Is there any difference between 3dmax and Maya? In terms of modeling still product imagery is Modo just as strong as these programs, or do they offer some other benefit/realism that other programs don't have?
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