The Apps we use to make shtuff:
It seems to be a regular occurrence to have people ask what software we use to do what we do.
To the best of our knowledge here is a list of apps, both free and paid, in no particular order.
Blender its a free, open-source 3D cg software production suite. Blender has been used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender has many features including 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid, smoke soft body and particle simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing. Blender also has a inbuilt game engine.
Blender is maintained by the Blender Foundation and its under active development and constant improvement. The blender user community is very friendly and is full of very helpful people, including some that are industry professionals.
Blender is a very important part of my tool kit. Not only is it Free, its powerful and rivals a lot of the more expensive “Pro” software that seems to dominate the industry. Many times I’ve looked into purchasing a commercial software only to look at the features list and note that Blender can do that. Understandably blender can be intimidating at first, much like any new software suite, however there are many video tutorials out there and paid courses that can help you get from newb to adept to pro in no time. Blender is truly cross platform and behaves exactly the same if your on Windows, Mac or Linux.
Blender IS worth the effort. If you’re into graphics, animation or game design, you owe it to yourself to get into Blender. You won’t regret it.
images ripped off from blender.org
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a FREE Open Source “Photoshop-like” application. Cross platform and just as powerful, if not more in some respects, to commercial software. The versatility of this program is extended with the ability to make use of user created scripts and plugins that can add functions and filters to the program, extending its capability to cover almost anything you could want. Its well worth having in your tool kit if you are looking for a reliable photo editor with no overhead cost.