CGI – free software

Free Options for Computer Generated Imagery:

3D software


Blender 3D opensource – powerful but not easy. Official tutorials.
You can access some free tutorials at: https://b3d101.org/en/
or this workbook from 3dami.org

Hexagon from Daz provides a basic 3D modelling package which is intended for creating simple props for Daz but makes a great place to start objects to transfer later to more sophisticated software such as Maya that you cannot afford or run on an older PC/Mac. Also ideal to create items to 3D print since it can export as .stl Documentation + Tutorials

Daz 3D free figure posing, rendering and animation, with a wide range of low cost props, figures and costumes available. Similar to commercial app Poser

Textures

Texture Haven provides some great free Creative Commons textures in up to 4k resolution.

poliigon.com includes some free textures and opinions on AI

blender.org/p/textures/       Texture Ninja

freepbr.com/ 

Image Manipulation and 2D Paint Software

GiMP Image Manipulation – the open source Photoshop rival.

Fire Alpaca is a lightweight app for Mac and Windows which will run fine on older machines too. See Youtube video. Does contain advertising, which requires payment to SE Windows version through Steam to remove.

Krita and its manual – free ‘natural media’ tools similar to Coral Paint or Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio).

3D Printing

3D printing software recommendations for beginners

Programming

sololearn free coding

 sololearn.com is a great free way to learn to program. C# is used by Unity game engine, C++ by Unreal, Python by Blender and Krita.