Blender

Blender

by Blender Foundation

Who Uses Blender?

Design and animation platform which assists organizations of all sizes with rendering, modeling, VFX, simulation and video editing.

What Is Blender?

Ultra-realistic rendering system that includes GPU & CPU rendering, modeling, video editor, sculpting, simulations, and more.

Blender Details

Blender Foundation

https://www.blender.org

Blender Pricing Overview

Blender has a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Pricing Details

Blender is a free and open-source software

Free Version

Yes

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Installed - Mac

Installed - Windows

Training

In Person

Documentation

Support

Business Hours

Online

Blender Features

Game Development Software
2D games
3D Games
IT Asset Management
In-App Purchase
In-Game Analytics
Multi-player Gaming Network
Physics Simulation
Player Management
Prototyping
Virtual Reality
3D Video Editing
Audio Tools
Brand Overlay
Collaboration
Media Library
Social Sharing
Speed Adjustment
Split / Merge
Supports HD Resolution
Text Overlay
Video Capture
Video Stabilisation

Blender Reviews for UK Users

Showing 5 of 486 reviews

Overall
4.6/5
Ease of Use
3.6/5
Customer Service
4.2/5
Features
4.6/5
Value for Money
4.8/5
Michael A.
Owner
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/10/2019

"Blender - Blending Open Source and Functionality"

Comments: I use Blender on a daily basis to design 3D models of objects found in historical dig sites. I also use Blender to tweak the designs of others from many of the popular online modeling communities.

Pros: Blender is free. It's open-source and has an active developing community that works hard to keep the software as up-to-date as possible with today's fast pace. I primarily use Blender to design 3D models for later printing and the built-in tools for model design work wonderfully.

Cons: If you're looking to create 3d movies, be prepared for work. The open-source nature of the software is also a downfall if you're looking to create fully immersive 3d worlds. Plugins and scripts are required for more expansive work, and finding the right plugin is a hassle in itself.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/10/2019
Joel G.
Artist
Animation, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/06/2020

"Blender: 3D Modeling and Animation Resource"

Comments: I am an avid user of Blender. I have utilized this program to create 3D animations for clients and to craft animated characters for game design projects. Since 2013 I have used this program for all of my 3D modeling needs.

Pros: Blender is a program with a library of tools to engage in several fields of 3D modeling. It allows users to create basic models from scratch utilizing vertices, faces and edges. If users want to start with a foundation they can use existing shapes such as cubes, spheres and cylinders. Each shape is malleable allowing for the adjustment of vertex count, edge count and dimensions and orientation. Users can also create 3D animations. Through versatile tools users can create simple motions or complex cinematic moments that feature fully rigged humanoid characters. Additionally Blender allows users to manipulate the topology of their models. Through the use of various brushes available, users can generate textures and add additional form and shape to their models. Blender can generate file formats compatible with other programs including .OBJ and .FBX.

Cons: The interface is difficult at the beginning to navigate. Blender however relies on several hot keys so it becomes easier to use with a few key strokes. The program is easily customizable and their are several tutorials available to assist in learning. An additional issue I encountered was that textures sometimes did not appear on my project. I was able to fix this issue by reverting back to an old save.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/06/2020
Amber B.
Student
Computer Games, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    1/5
  • Ease of Use
    1/5
  • Features & Functionality
    1/5
  • Customer Support
    1/5
  • Value for Money
    1/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    2/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/02/2020

"Not functional last update"

Comments: I have used blender since 2014. I enjoyed the earlier versions, and prefer it over Maya in ease of use and price. Do not recommend any update past 2.79 if you are looking for ease and an actual useable application.

Pros: I enjoyed the earlier versions of it, with ease of use, hotkeys, and a clear, labeled interface

Cons: The new version is too chaotic, too massive of a change. The hotkeys no longer work/are not the same. Unable to create/edit anything because unable to figure out how everything works, even with the guide. Had to Change back to the old format (2.79) in order to do anything.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/02/2020
Jonathan S.
Owner & Lead Designer
Computer Games, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 22/06/2020

"Gone has the ugly duckling!"

Comments: I switched to Blender from 3D Studio Max about 8 years ago. At that time I was working with clients that had been using Blender to produce their models & really wanted to give it a fair shot. Back then the UX was a lot more difficult to get used to but once I did I found it hard to switch back. The abilities of the cycles engine also impressed me a lot & I made it a permanent switch. Fast forward to today and Blender has massively been transformed. Whilst the likes of Autodesk Maya often get touted as being an industry standard Blender has often suffered a bad reputation for some of the work that has been produced by the more amateur users. I've always thought this was extremely unfair and a deeper search soon revealed to me the capabilities that Blender has always had. With no entry fee for starting with Blender there was always going to be a much larger pool of work produced in Blender that wouldn't be quite as impressive. I followed the 2.8 update from the early alphas and to release saw the momentum that was building behind it. This wasnt just a minor release, it was a massive milestone. For new users the interface is now much more friendly and offers a nice middle ground to those transferring skillsets from similar 3D Suites (3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, ZBrush), realtime rendering is a gamechanger & the community around Blender has only grown stronger with many top artists now using it for their work daily.

Pros: Extremely powerful 3D suite, perfect customization for viewport displays, excellent sculpting abilities, realtime rendering with eevee, massively improved interface, plenty of plugins.

Cons: I still feel that the rigging & animation options are a little limited without plugins. I would like to see an update focusing on this with further content from the developers on how best to use them. Little in this area is covered by the community.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 22/06/2020
Jason G.
Owner
Performing Arts, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 04/09/2019

"Amazing what you get for free!"

Comments: Overall, it is worth exploring. It is a very powerful tool. Once I learned where everything was at and how it worked, I was able to create a sculpture in minutes. We are transitioning to Blender as out primary sculpting software now

Pros: This is simply an amazing piece of software when you weigh it's features vs its price. From sculpting to animating, it does it all. The feature list is insane, not to mention the many add-ons you can get for it. It is unparalleled at this price point. And the price is free! The sculpting and modeling is fairly easy to use, and the workspace has ample tools.

Cons: It's not incredibly intuitive. I felt that I was able to conquer Fusion 360 with little help, but I've had to watch many tutorials to get my bearings in Blender. It's not to speak badly of the interface, because once you get to know it, it gets easier. But I'm breaking into it for the first time, and the learning curve is a little higher than other apps.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 04/09/2019