Familiarity with the design software is necessary, which is expensive. It is often easier to learn more basic and free design tools than complex ones. Although those free graphic design software doesn’t provide an abundance of fancy features like we see in Adobe CC and Autodesk 3Ds Max with the right combination of tools, you can do almost any design job.
It is a fantastic tool to create realistic 3D models of human. For animating work, it provides powerful 3D animation tools. It is essentially geared towards 3D artists and hobbyists for their models animation and stills rendering.
It can be used to create custom avatars and 3D characters, produce graphic design elements, design virtual environments and more.
Daz studio offers second free software, Hexagon which is a tool for designing a model from scratch and modifying existing models.
Blender software is an excellent tool for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games. It is professional-grade, both comprehensive and completely open-source. It is currently the largest open source tool for 3D creation. Even NASA uses it for many of its public models.
The makers are constantly working on its development. You can do pretty much everything 3D related with Blender, including texturing, animation, rendering, sculpting, modelling and compositing.
It is a CAD tool by industry giant Autodesk. It is very popular among the hobbyists 3D printing community. It is an excellent tool for 2D and 3D modelling animating designs, simulating loads, rendering objects and even preparing models for CNC machining.
It is best used to intricate engineering designs, with advanced manufacturing tools such as generative design and stress simulation.
Houdini is a 3D modelling software used for 3D animation and visual effects. Its cheapest version costs nearly a little under $2000. But with some small limitations, SideFX publishes a free version called Apprentice.
Behind the scenes, Houdini builds up the nodes and networks for the user. It is most commonly used in FX departments for the creation of visual effects in film and games. It is used by major VFX companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Double Negative, ILM, MPC, Framestore, DreamWorks Animation and others.
Sketchup is used widely for drawing applications like interior design, landscape architecture, film and mechanical design, civil and mechanical engineering and more. It is owned by a mapping surveying and navigation equipment company, Trimble.Inc. It is an easy to use and comprehensive tool and therefore, an ideal starting point.
It provides advanced tools which are best suited for complex designs and gives you control of every little detail in your design.