10 Useful Tools for Freelance Graphic Designers

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					?There are a plenty of tools available online using which a freelance graphic designer
can easily create an effective 3D design for his project. A designer can choose tools
and resources depending on their utility and his requirement. The tools can be used
for modeling, texturing, rendering etc. Here are some excellent tools for all those
designers who want to be creative and innovative with their work:

3D Studio Max- This is a featured 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution,
which helps in creating a top-selling games and award-winning film and video content.
Some of its features include seamless CG effects, jaw-dropping games, and
top-quality film and television content.

Blender-It is a free open source 3D resource available for all major operating systems.
It lets its user to do rigging, animation, modeling, rendering, shading, imaging and
compositing etc.

Art of illusion- Another free open source 3D modelling and rendering resource for
freelance graphics designers. It provides excellent tools for subdivision surface based
modelling, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing
procedural textures and materials.

Form Z - It is an award winning resource for designers which lets them do extensive
set of 2D/3D manipulating and sculpting. An effective design tool for architects,
landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, animators and illustrators, industrial
and interior designers, and all design fields that deal with the articulation of 3D spaces
and forms.

Houdini - It is a powerful 3D modeling and animation application for freelance
graphic designers for 3D production, includes modeling, animation, dynamics,
lighting, rendering, volumetrics, compositing, plugin development etc.

Zbrush -This advanced tool is for today's digital artists, which has revolutionized the
3D industry with its digital sculpting and painting program.

Modo - Another useful resource for Mac and PC users for 3D modeling, painting and
rendering in a single integrated and accelerated package. It allows you to play around
with the graphics while doing modeling, painting, animation, sculpting etc.

Google SketchUp- It is a tool for creating, editing and sharing 3D models for all the
aspiring designers and artists. It lets its users perform operations like orbiting,
zooming and drawing can be quicker and smoother.

Swift 3D's - It is the only 3D software to directly integrate with Flash through the
Swift 3D File Importer and SmartLayer Technology and exports to Microsoft XAML.
It allows anyone to quickly create 3D content, while providing a full set of advanced
tools to grow into.

Lightwave -It is a comprehensive modeling, rendering and animation system. Used
extensively in broadcast television production, film visual effects, video game
development, print graphics and visualization.

I hope this article will help all freelance graphic designers in producing new graphics
and 3D content for their urgent project. We welcome your feedback and suggestions
on the same.

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