3D Rendering Versus Photoshop

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Most people know about Adobe Photoshop. In fact, it may even be the most popular PC software ever. People use it for a lot of things-making greeting cards, editing their photos, making websites, distorting pictures for funny effect and much more. Photoshop is also commonly used in designing websites and other graphics applications. However, in recent years another graphic technology is beginning to make noise – 3D rendering.

Many people study Photoshop and soon get jobs as graphic artists. The same thing is true for 3D rendering. So if you plan to become proficient in a graphic software to make some money from your skills, should you study Photoshop or 3D rendering? This article will help you find an answer to that.

Differences between Photoshop and 3D Rendering Software

Photoshop as we know is a photo editing software on steroids. It has too much muscle for an editing software and people love it. With Photoshop, people are able to place their rendered photos on different backgrounds, increase their muscle mass and make themselves look beautiful. However, in the end Photoshop is just photo manipulation software so you can’t create pictures with it – all it does is just change the picture.

On the other hand, 3D rendering software can manipulate photos and create pictures from nothing. If Photoshop is a photo editor on steroids, 3D rendering software is Photoshop on steroids-that’s the difference. 3D rendering is used a lot in construction business and architecture. Architects for example imagine a house design and create that design in a photorealistic fashion on their PC using a 3D rendering software.

Difference in difficulty

Everyone says Photoshop is difficult. The learning curve is quite steep and there are too many buttons and functions to remember. That is true as anyone who has ever tried Photoshop can attest to the fact that it can be frustrating. However, when it comes to 3D rendering, it’s double the difficulty. It has more buttons, more functions, and steeper learning curve. So if it’s difficult why would anyone use it or learn to use it? The answer lies in profitability.

Profitability differences between Photoshop and 3D rendering

People who are good at using Photoshop make money, there’s no denying that. They are in demand specially on the web, graphic design, and advertising industries. But remember there are already too many Photoshop professionals around so the competition may be very steep.

3D rendering, on the other hand, is an emerging technology. There is currently a great demand for 3D rendering professionals because many industries need them-mobile phone companies, car manufacturers, construction, architecture, landscape designing and many more. 3D rendering is used to create and not just edit physical designs of products. The next concept car you see may have been designed using a 3D rendering software.

If you have talent in design and art and want to learn graphics software, should you study Photoshop or 3D rendering? The answers is up to you, but remember, 3D rendering will be around for a long time.

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