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New Blender beta - Your thoughts?


Mon, Feb 18, 2019
by SwitchbacK

artist
New Blender beta - Your thoughts?

Has anyone here tried the new Blender beta version? If so, would you care to share your thoughts?

I don't have a lot of money to buy fancy software right now, but I really want to get into this 3D world. 

I tried Blender a while back, and just couldn't get the hang of it. I'm curious if anyone's tried the new version. I'm tempted to give it a try again.

Anybody like it? Hate it? Care to share the differences you have found?

Thanks in advance!





Mon, Feb 25, 2019
by NM3D
United States
artist

I am actively learning Blender 3d 2.8 now. I will check back in a week to let you know how it goes. 

So far I have been collecting tutorials and learning resources for the past couple days while getting familiar with the hotkeys. I am mainly interested in understanding it enough that I can use essential plugins for my work.


-Nathan



Tue, Feb 26, 2019
by Olivier

artist

Hi,

i am since 17years 3D Artist. I use Cinema4D Z brush and many other tools. And i have started 2month ago to learn Blender. Because it has become verry very good.

go and check these few features   https://www.blender.org/features/

If the toolset from blender is not enough you can extend it with many fantasic addons wich are for free or cost almost nothing!Have a look at Hard ops tools, Boxcuter...

My advise do it! just do it :-) with blender.

Of course it will take a wile until you become a master. it is a lot to learn but this is the case in all 3d apps. But for blender you will also find tons of tutorials.

check out :

https://cloud.blender.org/welcome

https://cgcookie.com/

https://www.blenderguru.com/

https://cgjam.net/

https://blendermarket.com/

https://blender.community/c/today/

on youtube you will find many others.

Dont forget Blender 2.8 is Beta!! this means that not everything is working properly and many things can change!! Blender 2.79 is stable and very good too of course.


Good Luck




Tue, Feb 26, 2019
by Ion
United States

You guys may want to check this out, lots of free resources...

https://www.renderhub.com/blog/being-a-free-d-artist





Thu, Feb 28, 2019
by 3D Centric
Australia

@Ion. Again thanks for that link.


As to Blender. It's been a great modeling app for a long time already. If you don't have the money to spend and honestly even if you did, and you are new to 3D modeling, Blender should be your go to in my opinion.


There are other cheaper software available for modeling, but honestly IMO Blender runs circles around them.


I've decided not to use 2.8 for any project just yet. Just a personal choice.


Everything Olivier mentioned is spot on. I will add though, that as a new user of any application, to use that software without additional plugins or addons. I absolutely hate the dependency of any addon, which will become evident to you as the main software is upgraded from time to time. I own HardOps, Box Cutter etc...all great additions, but learn to do the same things with what the software offers, if and where possible., then you can start finding tools to speed up your workflow. Just my 2 cents.


If you were planning on spending money, Modo is probably best bang for buck in its competitive category. If you aren't looking for an 'in industry' job, I wouldn't bother with 3DSMax, Maya, C4D etc...However, I absolutely LOVE using C4D very much, for modeling. Check out their different package offerings.


PS, Being a Freelancer though, knowing how to use 3DSMax and Vray could generate good money, especially in the ArchViz side of things.



Fri, Mar 01, 2019
by NaughtyStudio

artist

What a great list of resources and information. Thanks a lot everyone!



Sun, Mar 03, 2019
by matt69

artist

thanks for the infos. i tried blender a while back and couldnt get the hang of it. might give it a try again.


@nm3d nathan --- i hope you check back, interested to hear what you hav to say.



Tue, Mar 05, 2019
by NM3D
United States
artist

Hey guys dropping in to give a Blender 2.8 update. I have been following the tutorials at: 

https://tutorials.chocofur.com/page/list/blender-2-8-absolute-beginners-course


This is by far the best intro tutorial series I have found. The best part is that hotkeys are documented along with each video tutorial making it very easy to reference the handful of new hotkeys with each lesson. I don't know anything before 2.8, so I don't know if this was relevant back then, but hovering over buttons in Blender 2.8 will give you the hotkeys as well.


Once complete, I will probably just decide to do my next project completely in Blender 2.8. Trial by fire style.



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