Laziness sets in; therefore, copy pasta:
QUOTE(metaldevil @ Dec 30 2006, 08:55 AM)
Most 3D software is way too expensive if you just want to fool around with it. I'd recommend getting familiar with Maya PLE which is legally free to download. http://usa.autodesk....x...&id=7639525
Blender is another legally free program you can use. http://www.blender.o...ender.31.0.html
QUOTE(metaldevil @ Dec 31 2006, 01:40 AM)
I've been a student of Maya for almost two years now. I've used Maya Complete in the classroom and Maya PLE at home. If you don't mind spending a little money, you could buy a very good Maya book between $30 - $60 which includes a copy of Maya PLE. I recommend a Sybex book because they got this stuff down cold. I swear by the book I own. You should probably start with the 3D for Beginners book.
Introducing Maya 7: 3D for Beginners http://www.sybex.com...0782144349.html
Learning Maya 7: Foundation http://www.sybex.com...1894893743.html
Learning Maya 7: The Modeling & Animation Handbook http://www.sybex.com...1894893875.html
Learning Maya 7: The Special Effects Handbook http://www.sybex.com...1897177011.html
Mastering Maya 7 http://www.sybex.com...078214442X.html
Note: Each of these books comes with Maya PLE on the included disc.
You could easily find better prices on Amazon, though. The 3D for Beginners book costs less than $25 at Amazon (link
). I picked up the Mastering book almost a year ago for $50 at B&N. You can probably find it much cheaper now.
Free photo editing software that replaces MS Paint: http://www.getpaint.net/index2.htmlClosed to safeguard against pirated software discussion.
P.S. If any of these links stop working at any time, PM one of the GFX mods, and it'll be fixed. The same thing goes if you guys find new software (preferrably free; legally
free) that's graphics-oriented. Just PM one of us and we'll put your link up. Trial software is okay, but it usually only works for 30 days. Once the trial is over, the dream is shattered. lol
Edited by metaldevil, 05 January 2007 - 03:53 PM.