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hilbruks
12-19-2004, 07:12 PM
Hello everyone. I'm a 21 years old graphic design student. I'd really like to learn 3D, but I have no clue on where to begin. I was hoping that maybe some of you nice people could point me in the right direction. Which programs to use, and where to start. I'd really apprechiate the help. Have a nice Christmas people :)

Joril
12-19-2004, 09:51 PM
http://www.wings3D.com/
Wings 3D is a free modeller. So it can be a good thing to start right there.

For help, tutorials, links, the lot, visit our own, CGtalk wings3d forum :)
http://www.cgtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=83

Hope it helps ;)
have fun!

pnoland
12-19-2004, 10:42 PM
Yes, if you're totally new to 3d stick with the free route until you get a good understanding on how things work. Wings3d is a great polygon modeler and Blender3d is a great all purpose free tool...it's good for modeling, animating, and rendering so that's worth downloading. www.blender3d.com (http://www.blender3d.com) is where you can download it, www.elysiun.com (http://www.elysiun.com) is a large Blender user groupd and there is the Blender forum here also. You can purchase the manual from Blender3d.com's eshop of get it at your local book store...I believe Barns & Noble stocks it. Have a great holiday season. :)

StephanD
12-20-2004, 12:22 PM
Download Wings3D and visit Spiraloid (http://cube.phlatt.net/forums/spiraloid/index.php) ...


Welcome

SpeccySteve
12-21-2004, 09:16 PM
Download Wings3D and visit Spiraloid (http://cube.phlatt.net/forums/spiraloid/index.php) ...


WelcomeSound advice that. While Wings is "just" a modeller, it's a very good one and a nice starting point for 3d I think.

You might want to read this, slightly out of date but the principles apply.
http://www.theminters.com/articles/derived-surfaces/

As you're a graphic designer, I'll assume you already know photoshop, illustrator etc, that will likely be really handy at some point like when you need to paint textures, touch up renders, that kind of thing.

When you come across obscure 3d jargon, you could try these.
http://www.highend3d.com/rosetta/
http://www.planetquake.com/polycount/resources/glossary2/index.shtml
Don't be alarmed if they look a bit heavy, most people will never need to know most of that, I threw it on only as a reference, the search button here or on your software specific forum of choice should answer most questions.

Oh, you'll likely want to smash your monitor / pc into tiny pieces regularly for the first few months, this is normal so don't worry about it.

Have Fun.:)

hilbruks
12-22-2004, 04:43 AM
Thanks guys :) I'll see if i can grasp this 3D-stuff. A very merry christmas to all :)

jmBoekestein
12-26-2004, 12:32 AM
Milkshape3d is also a free modelling and animation program which lets you output your work to popular games engines, kinda fun.

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