Creating 3D Art

This is info I gave out at a local convention. I use a lot of free software for creating art, and for the artist on a budget, it can be very useful.

Free 3D Digital Art Programs


  • Complete Suite: model, render, & animate
  • Powerful


  • Modeling only
  • No need to set up lighting to view model
  • Direct import/export into Daz3d Studio
  • All in one animation and rendering software
  • Modeling is limited
  • Comes with basic characters, clothes, and scenes
  • Many hidden options in the softwareUses pup
  • puppeteer and ani-blocks for animation


  • Creates 3d fractals
  • Stunning backgrounds and environments



  • Many of the same features as Photoshop
  • Can import Photoshop ABR files (Brushes)
  • Does not work with Photoshop ASL files (Layer Styles)


  • Needs X11 for Mac
  • No version for latest Mac OS


NASA Example
  • Spirit – the object and animation in a Blender file
  • Spirit Landing Site – STL 3d Printer file, can be imported into Blender

Paid Software

  • Filter Forge Main site , also, brokered at Daz3d
  • Marvelous Designer (Monthly, Yearly, Permanent)
  • Poser (With the move from Smith Micro, licensing model maychange)
  • Clip Studio (Manga Studio) Can import 3D models forcreating manga/comics
  • Photoshop (Monthly License) Older versions of AdobePhotoshop Elements will work with ASL, but these are EOL for the latest Mac OS.)


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