The reason I writes this Article.

I don’t know, if I am the only person doing this, but sometimes I wake up thinking well, maybe Blender isn’t the right thing for me anymore. Then I browse the web, watching at the features of Maya, Arnold and others for hours but at the end I always come to the conclusion, that Blender is still the right choice for me.

And I think that I am not the only one who sometimes think like this. Not only professionals, but especially beginners who want to become better and think about maybe working as 3D artist one day can be insecure when it comes to this topic.

For people who are insecure about this topic or beginners who ask the self is Blender really the right software to start with and specially to continue with I wrote this article. So, I list up the reasons, why Blender is the best 3D Software for me personally even for „Pros“.

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

Erma Bombeck

01. Cycles

The Render-Engine, we all love and use. But sometimes there comes this question isn’t the Arnold render more realistic or Redshift faster? And the answer is yes.

But the question is, „Does this really matter?“. And, if we all agree that faster and more realistic renderings are something good in my opinion it is not that important. Raytracing engines like Octane, Arnold or Cycles don’t distinguish so much when it comes to realism and output quality. When it comes to speed cycles isn’t that bad. In the past I tried out Redshift and octane which are much faster on the first view but with the same number of light paths the difference can be very small. So, when it comes to speed better invest in hardware then software.

The aspect that is in my opinion way more important is handling and this is where Cycles beats all the others. The reason is very simple. Cycles is native in Blender, so they work perfectly together. Blender is currently the only 3D Software that ships with a production ready render engine.

There are also features like the build in Denoiser or the principled Shaders like „Principled BSDF“ or the principled hair and volume Shader which are included in the upcoming Blender 2.8 which aren’t unique but still very rare. Especially the seamless switch between Eevee (the new Realtime engine in Blender) will be a huge time/money safer in the future and is also something unique to Blender.

Another thing which most Blender users take for granted is the Support of CPU, Nvidia GPU and AMD GPU which is also currently unique.

You don’t need Redshift or Octane for good performance.

02. The Community

What really makes Blender to the program we all know is the Community. In the 3D world good Tutorials and forums are very rare. It’s close to impossible to learn Maya or 3Ds Max over YouTube. Here Blender is completely different. I feel like the focus isn’t on making money its more on supporting each other and creating awesome things. It is hard to describe but this makes a big difference.

03. It is Open source.

What comes first in mind when most people hear Open source most importantly for them seems the fact that it is free. Which is in fact a huge selling point for Blender. But certainly, it doesn’t stop here. Being able to read and modify the code of a program enables other develops to easily created addons or rewrite parts of the program which maybe has influence on the program itself cause of this blender’s development is much closer to what the users want.

This is also a benefit for bigger productions like man in the High castle where a lot of custom code came to use.

On the other hand, there is no real Support or even a company which would offer this. This is a thing which deters some Companies of using it.

04. It has everything I need.

I can put in a USB-Stick and have everything ready, to sculpt, render and composite which is just awesome.