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The Way To 3d World
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Three-dimensional computer world is the breakthrough to a new reality. Progress is impressive in this sphere of human activity. There are two important branches in this industry: animation and modelling. 3D animation is responsible for tweaking and enhancing captured motion in order to make it look realistic and natural. 3D modelling is the creation of three-dimensional objects. Models are usually created in special applications. I'd like to present most popular and effective of them.

Google SketchUP is easy-to-learn, free 3D-modeling program with simple tools. This application is a great way to discover if 3D modeling is right for you. This is a great program for learning the basics of 3D. SketchUp offers a suite of powerful drawing tools that let you play with new designs and experiment, create 3D models of home additions, houses, sheds, woodworking projects, decks, and even space ships. There are actually a number of methods to build models and they're all covered by an excellent tutorial when you get started. Many users are impressed with the built-in help. When your model is finished, you can save and print it, or you can even see it on a real map in Google Earth. This program makes it a breeze to draw 3D models quickly.

MAGIX 3D Maker is an intuitive program that creates attractive 3D and animated graphics. Even users with no graphic design knowledge can produce professional-looking web buttons, logos, screensavers, and more. You can tune up your website, videos or prints with this. This software can customize the fonts, colors, and lighting effects. Really it's nice little tool, runs fast and its cheap compared to others. I especially liked how easy it is to animate 3D creations. A background in graphic design may be a slight advantage in using MAGIX 3D Maker, but with a bit of experimentation, anyone can get the hang of it. There are similar programs that made animation difficult and confusing. In MAGIX 3D Maker you simply choose from a wide variety of animation styles and preview the effect each one will have on your 3D graphic. When you're satisfied with the results, you can save them in a variety of formats, including Flash objects and animated GIFs. This is a great choice for anyone who needs to create snazzy graphics without a lot of fuss.

Sweet Home 3D is developed to design interiors quickly and easily: change the color or the texture of rooms, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog. With a fairly simple premise and impressive results, this slightly flawed program is certainly something to get the imagination going. You can navigate in it either from an aerial view point, or from a virtual visitor view point. While the results of Sweet Home 3D are impressive, demanding user can be slightly disappointed with its control. Placing items in the room will take some patience, as it feels rather clunky.

Blender is a free, 3D rendering open-source program that puts the power of the medium back into the hands of the developer. This software comes with built in node compositor, powerful sub division polygon sculpting and modeling tools, bullet physics, particle simulations, video editor and a game engine! The interface, though loaded with complicated tools, is remarkable for neither interfering nor obscuring with the image being worked on. Maybe the program is a little complicated for beginners, but once artist learned all the features he opens the doors on endless creative possibilities. If you've ever thought about making professional-quality animations you are on a right way. Since it is open source, many scripts can be easily found for download in the user forums. Blender supports for around 2 dozen 3D and 2D file formats. Frankly, Blender is not for the faint of heart. Learning to use it is time-consuming and best done by following the detailed tutorials available on the Blender Web site. However, none of these detracts from the overall experience or usefulness of the program, and I strongly recommend it for advanced users. By investing the time and effort to learn it, you will be rewarded with very fast modeling work flows. It's extremely versatile 3D Graphics application. When some artists first used Blender, it was very frustrating because you expect certain functions to work in the same way like the previous commercial 3D applications you are familiar with. This program can easily compete with Maya CInema4D and other expensive 3D programs, but Blender is free. I recommend it for anyone who is serious about art and is on a limited budget. If you can't figure it out at first, don't give up... Once you learn the hotkeys and such, it becomes second nature and you can draw high-poly meshes in minutes.

Of course, there are many other 3D softwares. Take a look at 3D Canvas. Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives or created using 3D Canvas's object-building tools. I'd recommend interesting tool for use in games and simulations: AC3D. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced designer, with a need to create imaginary or technically realistic designs, AC3D provides you with versatility, functionality and ease-of-use. WireFusion Professional is created rather for businessmen. It's enough expensive. The program is designed to produce Web presentations of the highest quality - and it does. WireFusion Professional includes impressive capabilities for beginners but offers truly amazing potential to users with graphics and programming skills. I can continue, but I guess you have enough offers to choose from. Good luck in your trip to 3D World!

Richard Berg develops business systems and games software to help you succeed in your business and have a rest after work. He also features popular software titles of other firms. Visit Richard's download site, available at:

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