Learning Commons SUBJECT GUIDES

Animation & Game Art

PCA&D AGA Recommended Software List

Computer Graphics Software

  • 3D software package
  • Industry standard

Autodesk Maya

  • 3D software package
  • Free alternative to Maya
  • Basic 3D modeling software

Google SketchUp

  • Learn about computer graphics

The Science Behind Pixar

Digital Drawing Software

  • Industry standard
  • Software package

Adobe CC

Free trial, student discount
https://www.adobe.com/education/k12.html
$$

  • Digital photo manipulation, drawing, painting

Adobe Photoshop

Included with CC, student discount
$$

  • 3D texturing

Adobe Substance

  • Digital drawing, painting
  • Low cost alternative to Photoshop

Procreate

Low cost, $
IOS/iPad only
https://procreate.art/

  • Digital drawing, painting
  • Free alternative to Photoshop

Digital Sculpting Software

  • High poly sculpting software

ZBrush

  • Free “trial size” version of ZBrush
  • High poly sculpting app
  • Alternative to ZBrush

Nomad Sculpt

iPad/Android Tablet only
$, low cost
https://nomadsculpt.com/

Game Design Software

  • 2D and 3D game engine

Unity

Free (for non-commercial use)
https://unity.com/

https://learn.unity.com/

  • 2D and 3D game engine
  • Text-based game engine
  • World’s largest free coding community for kids
  • Learn to code
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