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CGI For Beginners

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:42 AM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

In this case I would go for Maya or Modo ... And I would choose good external renderer - I suppose you will be looking for photo image quality like LuxRender, Indigo, Octane or Maxwell which has good exporting plugin for Photoshop ...

But you need a strong computer as well with enough RAM & GPU for some of them.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:13 PM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

Another software that is also worth considering is Newtek's LightWave. The industry standard and popularity is quite high. If I remembered correctly the movie Spiderman with Tobey Mcgwire used this software for most of the CGs.


As someone mentioned above, Cinema 4D is worthwhile in retoucher's POV.

I'm practicing on that as well. From what I've heard and read, this software has magnificent capability and importantly the learning curve is quite easy to get through compare to complex 3D software like Maya, StudioMax, etc.

You might want to google and find " Benedict Campbell " he used mainly Cinema 4D.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:47 AM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

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I'm pleased to say that money is no objective as the firm I work for will be buying the software (within rerason!)
Sounds great =)
3d Studio Max has the most free models out there from what I have seen. I use the cheap but nice Cheetah 3d, and use .3ds models a lot.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:05 PM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

We use 3DS Max with VRay (and various plugins). It is superb for many things, but quite expensive (as pointed out). We use it primarily because of industry standards (my business does a lot of 3D renderings for architects/engineers).

Starting from scratch, I'd probably go with Cinema4D. It can do anything Max can do and costs a fraction. Also, many motion graphics folk use it for their 3D, making the resources that would be helpful to photography available (check out www.mograph.net).

Good luck. It takes a TON of time to be good, years and years, really. Also check out the Gnomon Workshop for great DVDs.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:07 PM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

Cinema 4D has a great native since about version 10 export capability whereby the export is generated in layers, including the alpha layer, all out to Photoshop PSD.
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Cinema 4D has a great native since about version 10 export capability whereby the export is generated in layers, including the alpha layer, all out to Photoshop PSD.
Very useful to know, thanks!
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