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3D Graphics and 3D Modeling

3D graphic design, 3D modeling and three dimensional computer animation are beyond the scope of this site, but if you're looking to explore graphics beyond the 2D realm, I've compiled these links to good starting points for learning more about 3d graphics and working with 3D modeling and 3d design software.
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  2. Xara 3D Tips and Tutorials
  3. 3D Game & Movie Animation
  4. Making 3D Anaglyphs (13)
  5. Lessons in 3D Studio Max

SketchUp (Win)
"Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. Google SketchUp is free for personal use. No registration is required."

Glossary: 3D Animation
The creation of moving pictures in a three-dimensional digital environment.

From 2D to 3D: Using Textures to Create Raised Surfaces
"When a 3D model is created, 2D images can be overlaid on it to add colors, designs, and textures. This is called mapping, and often the entirety of a model's color comes from this."

Free Computer Animation Programs
Here's a list of various (2D and 3D) animation software packages available for download. Some are entirely free, some are shareware, some are free with limited functions (with more available after paying), and some are free trials that either expire after time or come with certain critical options disabled.

Review: iClone by Reallusion
From Animation Guide Adrien-Luc Sanders: "iClone reminds me a great deal of Bryce's Poser, but advanced to the next level. Like any program, it takes some practice to use all of its functions to their fullest extent, but the learning curve is fairly gentle and even the newest beginning animator can dive right in..."

Review: Xara 3D 6.0
From Animation Guide Adrien-Luc Sanders: "If you need to create simple, clean 3D animations without the hassle or high price of advanced 3D programs, then Xara 6.0 3D is definitely for you. It serves well for clean 3D logos, buttons, and web graphics, but shouldn't be relied on for advanced modeling or realism."

Review: Eovia Carrara 5
From Animation Guide Adrien-Luc Sanders: If you're patient and willing to learn, Carrara 5 could be a great program for you to produce professional-quality 3D images and animations.

How 3-D Graphics Work
"How Stuff Works tells you about some of the visual tricks 3-D graphic designers use, and how hardware designers make the tricks happen so fast that they seem like a movie that reacts to your every move."

Blender (Cross-Platform)
"Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License."

Bryce (Win/Mac)
3D landscape modeling, animation, and rendering software.

e frontier America, Inc. (Win/Mac)
Publishers of Poser, a 3D character animation and figure design tool; Vue, a 3D environment generator; and Shade, a 3D graphics toolkit for designers, illustrators and architects.

Carrara (Win/Mac)
"Carrara delivers a robust suite of modeling, animation and rendering tools wrapped in an intuitive user interface that experienced 3D artists and novices alike will embrace."

Software turns stock 2D images into 3D.

Rhinoceros - Nurbs Modeling For Windows
"Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, or only an idea… Rhino provides the tools to accurately model your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids in Windows."

Serif 3DPlus - 3D Animation & Special Effects (Win)
"This easy to use software allows you to produce stunning logos, dramatic headlines, and awsome web animations. Packed full of resources and handy templates and wizards, 3DPlus 2 enables anyone to create fantastic 3D scenes and effects in seconds." Freeware

Publishes software for 3D multimedia and animation.

The3dStudio.com - The 3D Resource Site
The3dStudio.com offers free resources like models, textures, tutorials, a gallery, support forum, and contests for 3D Studio MAX.

ZBrush (Win)
Paint, sculpt, and render images in 2D and 3D. Real-time rendering provides users with instant feedback.

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