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#1 CattyKid


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Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:48 AM

Throwingks had a great idea.

So, what are your favorites? 3D Modelling, Photo Manipulation, anything? Post them up with a link to the site and, if they are free maybe a download and if they are commercial maybe a trial version so we can test them out.

I'll start with the obvious thing:
Photoshop CS2. No explanation needed, haven't gotten to try the CS3 Beta yet sad.gif. I don't even know if you can still get CS3 on Adobe's site.
Adobe free trials website

metal here: Great idea, tks. smile.gif Thanks for posting this thread, Catz. smile.gif

Edited by metaldevil, 05 January 2007 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 08:52 AM

For 3d modeling, I have only used Catia and that was for a college class. I have tried Blender though (open source \o/ )

For image editing, I used to mainly use Photoshop CS2 but now I run linux (almost exclusivly except for lan parties) and am stuck with CS under wine. For some reason only ImageReady wants to load correctly, so i have a few bugs to iron out. I have also used the gimp and ms paint, but those just dont cut it.

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:33 PM

Laziness sets in; therefore, copy pasta:
QUOTE(metaldevil @ Dec 30 2006, 08:55 AM) View Post
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) View Post
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.html

Closed to safeguard against pirated software discussion. smile.gif

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.

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 05:44 PM

GIMP (image editor) thanks to hamwbone. smile.gif

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 06:46 PM

if any of you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Illustrator, i do believe that Corel Draw might just hit the spot. i've used it before and it actually isn't all that bad(even though i'll still stick with Adobe products).
at only $380(still a steep price, but a decent amoun cheaper than Illustrator), it offers alot of really cool vector features. if you're interested, you can always just download the trial and give it a try.
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