Point me to a good starter program

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Lil Chillbil, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    I am just looking to get into sudo/3-d graphic design with logos and things. and would like a free program for mac/pc that is dumbed down enough like imovie was when I was first getting into film and like iphoto was when I was first getting into photos.

    anything you guys would recomend
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Blender is free, but it's not that easy to use or learn.

    Cinema 4D is not free, but there's a 3 month free trial (though you can't save), but it's really intuitive and easy to learn.

    Neither one of those are really "training wheels" programs like you asked for, but I don't know of a training wheels program that works similarly to the pro level stuff.

    Out of those two, I would highly recommend Cinema 4D. It's generally regarded as the "designer's 3D program," and is the standard for motion graphic design. I went from knowing nothing about Cinema 4D to using it at a professional level (at least enough to get a job as a motion designer) in a little under 3 years. If you choose to take that route, GreyscaleGorilla is a great site to learn Cinema 4D.
  3. fig
    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2012
    Houston, TX

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