Archive for the ‘Free Software Reviews’ Category

Vue 9 Pioneer

June 26, 2011

Vue Showreel from 2010 will give you some visual ideas of how powerful the program is.  Vue has developed enviorment, terrain, trees, landscape scenes, etc, for top blockbuster movies. Check it out.

 

The Perfect Introduction to 3D

Create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view
and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres… in
a few mouse clicks.

Vue 9 Pioneer is a great way to learn 3D. It’s so easy to use that you’ll be
composing amazing 3D landscapes in no time.

Vue 9 Pioneer includes free access to the Cornucopia3D community: get help,
exchange tips and suggestions with other users, find inspiration by looking at
their art, or show your own creations to the world!

Top reasons to get Vue 9 Pioneer
  • Easy to learn, easy to use!
  • Breathtaking 3D landscapes!
  • Photo-realistic results!
  • Wide selection of presets!
  • Unrivaled natural 3D creation power!
  • Renders at Full HD resolution!
  • Direct access to Cornucopia3D content!
  • Helpful user community!
  • It’s completely FREE

 http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/vue/vue_9_pioneer/

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Daz Studio 4

June 18, 2011

Daz Studio is very similar to Poser 3D software. A good contrasting example is the similarities between Adobe illustrator and Corel Draw. Daz Studio 4 is the next addition from Daz3d.com.

DAZ Studio is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.

Inheriting the best of version 3, DAZ Studio 4 introduces a new look and feel focused on ease-of-use. There are new video tutorials included within the application to help users get up to speed quickly, along with many technological innovations to improve the creation experience.

Right now you can get Daz Studio 4 free through 7-31-11, regular price is 49.00

Get your free copy of Daz free before it’s to late.

http://www.daz3d.com/i/3d-models/-/daz-studio-4?item=12194

While compatible with past versions of 3D models and add-ons, DAZ Studio 4 enables the next generation of figures from DAZ 3D, the GenesisTM series. The Genesis series facilitates a whole new paradigm of figure creation, customization, and sharing.

Check out how professionals are using Daz Studio 4

http://www.daz3d.com/i/software/daz_studio/in_action?

Free Digital Painting Software “My Paint”

December 18, 2010

A free open source painting program. Great for quick digital sketching; as well as painting.

http://mypaint.intilinux.com/

 



Free 3D modeling program Sculptris

October 12, 2010

 Check out this 3D program sculptris.  It’s a very powerful but simple modeling program sponsored by the makers of  Zbrush. This program has gotten great reviews from users as well as credited professional graphics magazines.

Sculptris wants you to make 3D models. Download it and have a go! I’m sure you will enjoy.Watch the trailer!
Instructions can be found in documentation.txt within the zip archive, but I recommend visiting the forum and watching some videos to get an idea of how to really use the application.

Sculptris Alpha 5 is a prototype of software currently being developed by Pixologic™.



http://sculptris.com/download.html

Free 2d tutorials

October 6, 2010

I checked out a cool 2d tutorial from artist David Revoy using Alchemy, My Paint, and Gimp.

http://www.blendernation.com/2009/08/18/tutorial-painting-time-lapse-by-david-revoy/

Alchemy 2d software

September 22, 2010

I found a new 2d sotware called Alchemy for drawing and painting. It’s packed with some great features. Thanks for the tip! (A.Sharp)

alchemy |’alkemē

Figurative: a process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation

Alchemy is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way.

http://al.chemy.org/

Interaction

The Alchemy drawing canvas has an intentionally reduced level of functionality. No undo, no selecting, and no editing. Interaction focuses instead on the output of a great number of good, bad, strange and beautiful shapes.

To take a good look at what Alchemy can (and can not) do, check out the Videos section.

The Alchemy Interface

Modules

Alchemy consists of a growing number of ‘modules’ that can be added or removed at will. Using a given module you can do things like:

  • Shout at the computer. Use your voice to control the width of a line or the form of a shape.
  • Draw ‘blind’. Turn off the canvas display and explore what shapes emerge from the ‘darkness’.
  • Create random shapes. Generate shapes that can be used as a starting point for characters, spaceships, or whatever shape you see in the ‘clouds’.
  • Mirror draw. Draw mirrored symmetrical forms in realtime.
  • Randomise. Mess up and distort shapes.

Global Features

Other global features place focus on the ‘process’ of drawing, letting you do things like:

  • Record a drawing ’session’. Automatically save the contents of the canvas to a page in a PDF file at set intervals.
  • Auto-clear the canvas. Start drawing on a clean slate at set intervals. Force yourself to start over fresh.
  • Switch the canvas. Automatically open your sketch in a more ‘conventional’ drawing application, either as a bitmap or vector file.
  • Avoid distraction. Alchemy has a very minimal interface, just a simple toolbar that dissapears magically, and a fullscreen mode to block everything else out.

Celtx, an interesting Writing software

May 15, 2010

I came across this really cool free software for creative writing and more. I haven’t tried it yet, but thought I should post it now in case I forget about it. The software is capable of helping/aiding in writing comic books, graphic novels, screenwriting, and more. Click link to check it out.

http://www.celtx.com/index.html

Celtx is the world’s first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces ‘paper & binder’ pre-production with a digital approach that’s more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.

Multi-Media FriendlyCeltx helps you produce all types of media – film, video, documentary, theatre, machinima, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, podcasts, videocasts, and however else you choose to tell your story.

All In OneYou can use Celtx for the entire production process – write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew.

Fully IntegratedCeltx is designed to help your entire production team work together on a single, easy to share project file – eliminating the confusion of multiple project files, and the need for ‘paper and binder’.

The Complete Media Pre-Production SystemTogether, Celtx and Celtx Studios give you the most complete media pre-production system available. The free Celtx desktop software delivers the most fluid writing experience. You can always keep your fingers moving as fast as your thoughts and your creative flow is never interrupted. Low-cost Celtx Studios complete your system with an advanced toolset for collaboration, workflow management, and project storage.

Non-Linear Project Development Celtx puts a choice of fully integrated development tools right at your fingertips, giving you total flexibility to determine how your story takes shape.

World Community of Media CreatorsMore than 500,000 media creators in 160 countries create with Celtx in 28 different languages. Celtx is used by independent filmmakers and studio professionals, and by students in over 1,800 universities and film schools – many that have adopted Celtx for teaching and class work submission.

Download Celtx!

New Updates in the Art Resources Blog Section

May 15, 2010

I have added updates to the art resources page. Check out the  links for your creative needs. You’ll find links for free software, some of the best software, books, art forums, how to books, entertainment, etc. Click the link below.

New updates added 9-15-11

https://urbanrockwell.wordpress.com/art-resource-links/

Anime Studio 5 Free Animation Software

May 8, 2010

Create your own cartoons and animations! Anime Studio includes everything aspiring artists and hobbyists need to create quality animations from start to finish. Anime Studio simplifies the animation process, empowering artists to create their projects faster and easier than ever before.

  • Get started quickly – Anime Studio is packed with ready-to-use anime style characters so you can start creating your own animations right away. Tutorials and sample files show you how to maximize Anime Studio’s powerful features giving you the jump needed from your first project onwards.
  • Your art, your way – To get started, sketch your original art, scan in or import graphics, or if you use a pen tablet you can recreate the sensation of drawing on paper.
  • Vector graphics provide power and flexibility – Use multiple layering and resize your images with no loss in quality.
  • Animate your characters using bones – Using Anime Studio’s bone rigging system, you can add a skeleton to any image by point-and-click to bring it to life. With Anime Studio, there’s no need to create new art for each individual frame as you animate. Just adjust the bones to your desired position and the program will generate the movement for you. It’s that easy!
  • Direct your action with an intuitive timeline – Setting your movements to a timeline makes animation easy to understand. Anime Studio will create animations up to two minutes long.
  • Add audio soundtracks to your animations – Add emotion and style to your animations by adding sound. Anime Studio supports WAV and AIFF formats.
  • Integrate with Adobe Photoshop – Import layered PSD files using a Photoshop plug-in that converts files to Anime Studio format, included free with Anime Studio.
  • Publish for multiple media – Output your animations to video, TV, and web formats. Whether you’re a digital enthusiast, a newcomer to animation, or if you want to create art for work or fun, Anime Studio provides what you need to create your own animations faster than anything else available! System RequirementsWindows:
    • Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows ME, 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP Home/Professional/Tablet PC Edition • 500 MHz Intel Pentium or equivalent Processor minimum • 256 MB RAM minimum • 50 MB free hard disk space minimum • 16 bit color (65,536 colors) display or above 1024×768 resolution • CD-ROM (for physical version of application)

    Macintosh
    • Mac OS X v10.3.9+ (Universal Binary), Mac OS X v10.4+ recommended • PowerPC G5/G4 Processor 500MHz or above (Intel Processor recommended) • 256 MB RAM minimum • 50 MB free hard disk space minimum • 16 bit color (65,536 colors) display or above 1024×768 resolution • CD-ROM (for physical version of application)

     

  • Daz3d Studio

    May 3, 2010

    If you’re familiar with poser you may want to get familiar with Daz Studio as well. The studio version is the full version, but you need additional pug-ins to get the most out of the softare. Personally, I wouldn’t buy the plug-ins, I would just go ahead and buy the professional version to save money. Daz Studio is a free, but powerful 3-d program that’s pretty easy to use. Depending on your needs for 3D software there are many possibilities with the software. For starters, I love that you have ready to pose figures for animation tests and production. From my experience it’s great for posing figures as reference tools for drawing. some of the 3D figures have easy morph capabilities.

    For example; you can load up a regular human face, and with the turn of a dial, you can make him animal like, creature like, etc. It really helps you save time and money from trying to find photo reference, or paying someone to model for you. Don’t get me wrong, it could never replace life drawing; but it sure is the next best thing. Below is additional information about Daz 3D.

    Check out the link

    http://www.daz3d.com/

    http://www.daz3d.com/i/software/daz_studio3/download?_m=d

    DAZ Studio 3

    DAZ Studio is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery. This is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animation using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.