There is plenty of different software that can be used for making 3D assets, all with different workflows. Although it might seem overwhelming trying to decide which software is best to use it’s actually more down to your workflow and what you’re aiming to create. For example, if you are looking to make models of aliens or animals you may want a sculpting software but if you are making buildings and structures you may not want a sculpting software and so on.
The Autodesk suite although not being one software is a package of different toolsets for design purposes. The Autodesk suite contains tools such as 3DS Max which is used to generate 3D assets on a grid format, this is perfect for making structures and buildings. One of its best features is its maxscript which allows users to create their own simple scripts to create their own tools which are easy to implement from project to project.
Next is Mudbox which is a 3D sculpting software that allows for artists imaginations to run wild with the vast variety of tools at their disposal. Mudbox is also good for painting models and assets, using the mesh and its UV allows the user to paint directly on to the mesh so they can see in real-time.
The advantage to using all the different tools in the Autodesk suite is that assets can be passed through with ease, with tools in all the software to send them between each other without having to manage files. Although the Autodesk suite is full of much different software to be used, unfortunately, comes at a cost and is more ideal for anyone who will be using it as a full-time job as opposed to a hobby.
Blender is a 3D computer graphics software that can be used for sculpting, animating, visual effects and more. The great thing about Blender first of all is that all of its tools are in the same place. Rather than having multiple applications for different things such as the Autodesk Suite, Blender has it all in one place.
One of the biggest advantages of Blender and its multiple uses means that it can accommodate multiple workflows. If you're looking to create 3D assets Blender offers different sculpting and modelling tools to accommodate all.
If you are not looking to create any 3D assets, Blender still has you covered with video editing software, animation, rigging, VFX and more. It boasts all these features whilst also being free to downloading making it the perfects software for anyone looking to create content for hobbies or get themselves started in the industry.