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3D Modeling, and Rendering Basics

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Hello, I am looking for a place where I can get a good amount of descriptive information on basic terms involved with 3D modeling and rendering, what you need to know to get started, and maybe some classes that I could take online in order to get started with 3D Design. I have little experience in it, but I am not knowledgeable of the terms and different aspects of the 3DS Max Modeling Studio.

Here is a little about me:
17 years old.
No highschool diploma.
Have a job, limit on spending on learning would be about $250.

So does anyone have some good information for me, or a place where I can learn? Thanks

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[quote name='Melted_Gummybear' timestamp='1318443001' post='4871933']
Hello, I am looking for a place where I can get a good amount of descriptive information on basic terms involved with 3D modeling and rendering, what you need to know to get started, and maybe some classes that I could take online in order to get started with 3D Design. I have little experience in it, but I am not knowledgeable of the terms and different aspects of the 3DS Max Modeling Studio.

Here is a little about me:
17 years old.
No highschool diploma.
Have a job, limit on spending on learning would be about $250.

So does anyone have some good information for me, or a place where I can learn? Thanks
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Well given your budget and the fact you aren't eligible for a student version, 3DS Max is wayyyyyyyy out of your price rage.

Might I suggest [url="http://www.blender.org"]Blender[/url] or for modelling [url="http://www.wings3d.com"]Wings3D[/url], which are both freely available. There is a ton of information and tutorials for Blender starting [url="http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/"]here[/url] and [url="http://cgcookie.com/blender/"]here.[/url] As to Wings, I put together an introductory video [url="http://www.gamefromscratch.com/post/2011/05/13/Video-Tutorial-An-Introduction-to-Wings-3D.aspx"]here[/url], it was my first video tutorial so frankly its a bit crap, but it does give you a preview of this extremely powerful ( and startlingly simple ) modeler. For an absolute beginners guide to 3D terminology ( examples with Wings, but pretty applicable for 99% of 3D programs ), check [url="http://www.gamefromscratch.com/page/Chapter-One.aspx"]here.[/url] Again, that last link is targeted at absolute beginners to 3D, but will get some of the operations and terminology straight in your head.

You should be able to learn either of these Apps purely off the volume of information available on the web.

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[url="http://cgcookie.com/"]CG Cookie [/url][quote name='Melted_Gummybear' timestamp='1318443001' post='4871933']
Hello, I am looking for a place where I can get a good amount of descriptive information on basic terms involved with 3D modeling and rendering, what you need to know to get started, and maybe some classes that I could take online in order to get started with 3D Design. I have little experience in it, but I am not knowledgeable of the terms and different aspects of the 3DS Max Modeling Studio.

Here is a little about me:
17 years old.
No highschool diploma.
Have a job, limit on spending on learning would be about $250.

So does anyone have some good information for me, or a place where I can learn? Thanks
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I will echo what has been told above with a small budget like that you wont to be able to use software such as 3D Studio Max or Maya they run into the thousands of i would say by far in my eyes is belender witch is free they have vaslty improved the user interface and there is thousands of tutorials and videos that can show you have to use blender the two sites i would recommend if you go with blender are

[url="http://cgcookie.com/"]CG Cookie [/url]and [url="http://www.blenderguru.com/"]Blender Guru [/url]

Hope this is of some help to you i love using blender and would recommend anyone to use it

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If you want just 3D modeling then IMO Wings3D is much better as it is just for 3D modeling, but blender is a good all around program since it has animation and stuff and i think that the best way to learn is to just play around with it. maybe think of a simple shape or object and try to make that

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