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Old 04-19-2011, 03:11 AM
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CGI For Beginners

Hi Guys,

I'm interested in having a play with CGI but to be honest don't have a clue where to start!

Could someone please advise what the industry standard software is where I can find some good resources / tutorials for starting out?

Many thanks!
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:35 AM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

I moved your post to our Synthetic Imaging forum, which could also be a good resource for you.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:36 AM
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I moved your post to our Synthetic Imaging forum, which could also be a good resource for you.
Thanks Doug, I completely overlooked the Synthetic Imaging Forum!
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:42 AM
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I would try Blender - it is an open source software and as you are able to find a lot of tutorials it is good for learning ...
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:43 AM
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I would try Blender - it is an open source software and as you are able to find a lot of tutorials it is good for learning ...
Many thanks, I'll have a look.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:45 AM
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Re: CGI For Beginners

I like an OSX app called Cheetah3D. It's pretty full-featured for it's price. It's not industry-standard, but supports the industry standard formats. It's very inexpensive (relatively) and is actively supported and developed.

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Old 04-19-2011, 03:30 PM
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I recently took a look 3 day StudioMax overview course which is a very powerful 3d tool. It's expensive and you have to pay an annual license fee which covers you for updates and bug fixes. It's lousy user interface betrays it's PC origins. It'll work on a Mac with Bootcamp but I'd rather allocate a PC to the task. I had a quick look at Cinema4d which is popular for studios using Macs. Not quite as powerful as StudioMax but has more than enough oomph for most jobs (I'm talking from a retouchers POV). You could look at Modo which costs a third of the other two and has enough tools for most tasks. Look on YouTube and the vendors websites and you will see loads of samples and tutorials. Once they get their acts together the 3d bods will have a tool that will do away with a lot of original product photography - it's just a p in the a to learn but not as tough as you may think!
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:59 AM
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I recently took a look 3 day StudioMax overview course which is a very powerful 3d tool. It's expensive and you have to pay an annual license fee which covers you for updates and bug fixes. It's lousy user interface betrays it's PC origins. It'll work on a Mac with Bootcamp but I'd rather allocate a PC to the task. I had a quick look at Cinema4d which is popular for studios using Macs. Not quite as powerful as StudioMax but has more than enough oomph for most jobs (I'm talking from a retouchers POV). You could look at Modo which costs a third of the other two and has enough tools for most tasks. Look on YouTube and the vendors websites and you will see loads of samples and tutorials. Once they get their acts together the 3d bods will have a tool that will do away with a lot of original product photography - it's just a p in the a to learn but not as tough as you may think!
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Thanks repairman, will deff have a look at Studio Max. Cheers
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:18 AM
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What is your budget? 3d software range from $100 to no limits ...
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:45 AM
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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!)
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