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Blender

Blender

Tool Summary

Blender is a powerful 3D graphic design tool that can be used for multiple types of projects including animation, 3D modeling, rendering, video editing and effects, game creation, and more. It is free to download and has numerous editing options.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Open Source: Yes
  • Recommended For: Advanced users

Things to Know

It is extremely helpful to have a mouse when using Blender, because it is not designed to work on a trackpad. It is possible to simply use a trackpad, but it is much more doable with a mouse. It will also be helpful if you have a keyboard with a number pad on it, but it is not required; if necessary, you can adjust your settings in Blender to make your number keys act as a number pad.

It may be useful to have a list of Blender hotkeys (commands used by pressing different keys on the keyboard) easily accessible while you’re working.

Blender supports almost any image, video, or 3D file format.

Getting Started Guides

Official Blender 2.90 Manual – This is the official manual on Blender’s website. It is quite lengthy, so it is recommended that you watch the Blender Beginner Tutorial series below.

Blender Beginner Tutorial Series – Blender Guru – In this helpful video series, you learn your way around Blender by making a donut. There are 4 “levels” in total, but the first level will get you started on the basics of 3D modeling.

Additional Resources

List of Blender hotkeys by Blender Guru

Blender vs. Fusion 360

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Piktochart

Piktochart

Tool Summary

Piktochart is an online tool that has a range of visual templates you can use to create design projects, including infographics, presentation slides, posters, and social media designs.

Quick Facts

  • Price: You can create a free account. Free users can create up to 5 visuals.
  • Platforms: This is an online tool, so it can be used on any computer, tablet, or phone that has internet access. It is easiest to use on a computer.
  • Recommended For: Beginners – Piktochart is user-friendly, and there is not an overwhelming amount of options for editing.

Things to Know

Piktochart allows you to create timelines as well as charts and maps where you can add or import data. The charts and maps can display information or move when you drag your mouse across them. Additionally, you can access the Unsplash Image Library directly in Piktochart, or you can upload images to use in your visuals. Like other infographic tools, you can duplicate the page you’re working on, lock images or text so that you don’t accidentally move them, and add images to fill different shapes (for example, a circle or a heart). One unique thing about Piktochart is that it provides color schemes for you to use and allows you to create your own. Also, you can open a preview of your visual in your browser to see what it would look like if you clicked a link to it. The downsides to Piktochart are that it only allows you to create 5 projects with a free account, and it does not have as many animated or moving elements as Canva, another design tool.

Getting Started Guides

Piktochart has a numerous amount of guides that cover everything from the basics of the interface to editor functions to tips for finalizing and displaying your visuals. Here are a few guides to get you started:

Getting Started – Quick introduction to Piktochart and different visual templates to use

Create A Visual in 5 Steps – How to create a Piktochart project in 5 easy steps

Top 3 Tips to Create Easy Infographics – “Top 3 Tips to Create Easy Infographics” blog post on Piktochart

Additional Resources

What is an Infographic?

Unsplash – Free images

Pexels – Free stock photos and footage

Pixabay Free stock photos, footage, and music. 

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