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#1

I haven’t followed the Forum much, so I apologize if this is repetitive–but I need some solid help/feedback.
I’m not much of a “techie”, and I would like to be able to design both patterns and, eventually, objects that can be assembled. Obviously, I’ll have to learn how to use a software program. Can anyone/everyone please make recommendations to me about what might best suit my needs at this point?
Thanks so much for any guidance.
Jennifer


#2

These are the droids you’re looking for:

PS-…Dnd much? My phone just autocorrected droids to druids.


#3

Think of ‘Gimp’ as the free Photoshop, and Inkspcape as the free Adobe Illustrator.
Fusion 360 for 3D.
Best advice I could give is to search/read the forum regarding ‘Raster’ and ‘Vector’ drawing.

There is a lot to learn here, people are very helpful, and the search function is your friend.
Keep asking questions if you need help!


#4

always found shillelagh to be useful at low levels


#5

“Create Water” – used creatively (no pun intended) – is also very useful.


#6

Never could get the hang of druids, I’m typically a bard or pally man, myself.


#7

#8

Sorry to hit reply to you Sawa, always hit the wrong reply button :stuck_out_tongue:


#9

Thank you so much. Greatly appreciated!


#10

THANK YOU! Very helpful.


#11

Thank you!


#12

Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll check it out!


#13

Mmmhmmm! Sure.


#14

So… the list is amazing. But if you were brand-spanking new to 3D design (but relatively savvy about Photoshop, basic Illustrator tools, etc, etc.) where would you start?

It looks like I’m waiting until August, so I have time to learn!


#15

If you have access to Illustrator/Photoshop and you have some experience with them, that’s a very good place to start. Get more familiar with Illustrator.


#16

Right now, the best place to start for 3D modeling software tutorials is YouTube. Choose whichever program you want to learn, (I recommend Fusion 360), and do a search for tutorials for that program.

The AutoDesk beginner tutorials for F360 are excellent, and a great place to start.

And John is correct…get really comfortable with Illustrator first, because laser works with 2D interpretations of 3Dmodels.


#17

I grabbed and have played with Fusion 360 though far from good with it as I work way too much for any real free time except 1 every two weeks but it is powerful and it’s free for hobbyists and small businesses under 100k$