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Do you like 3D and animation? Are you creative? If yes, you can earn money online doing what you love with the help of 3D modelling and animation. India is one of the most popular outsourcing arenas chosen by international animation studios across the globe. There are plenty of opportunities to earn money in this field. All you need is a computer with a 3D animation software and the skills and experience to model and animate 3D characters.


Making profit out of 3D is much like creating a car, but yours is a 3D model of a car and you are the only one involved in its production. So you’ll have to dedicate time to design your car, accumulate its parts, assemble them in the most efficient way and finally send it out into the market. If you devote and effort to this process, you might end up with a really nice looking car.

Step 1: Choosing the right software

The most common softwares are Autodesk 3ds max, Autodesk Maya and Blender (Free).
Each of these softwares have their advantages and limitations, you can choose among them based on the following criteria:

3ds Max and Maya are used widely by animation,visual effect studios. But Blender is primarily used by freelancers to work independently.

Blender costs nothing when compared to Maya and 3ds Max, so it is most suited for people who don’t want to invest too much money in software.

Blender is light-weight and uses the least hard disk space when compared to the other two.
But file formats of Maya and 3ds max (.ma/.mb and .3ds) are the most seeked by buyers/clients than Blender’s format (.blend).

Use in Industry:
Maya is mainly used for visual effects in films.
3ds Max on the other hand is the leading 3D software used in the gaming industry.
Blender is frequently used by independent filmmakers. It also provides a wide range of applications from visual effects to 3D modelling to video editing.

To know more about their pros and cons, follow this link (Autodesk forum).
You can download these softwares from the following links:

Autodesk 3ds Max (trial download)

Autodesk Maya (trial download)



Step 2: Learn the software

Since you have chosen the right software that fits your needs, it’s time for you to attain skills to create your own 3D models and animate them.

Follow the links according to the software you’ve chosen and watch the tutorial videos to learn how to use the software to create your models. This is the most important step in the whole process. The amount of money you can earn depends on your ability to create high quality models. So you really have to be a master of the software, before you can start working for clients and earn money.

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Step 3: Earn Money

Option 1: Freelance work

Once you’ve worked hard and learned how to create 3D models using professional software, freelancing is a great option to make money with you newly gained skills. As already mentioned people seek animators from India as they are relatively cost-efficient when compared to artists from other nations.

The following are the most popular freelance sites where you can find work :

Option 2: Selling your 3D Models

Your finished product needs a reliable trading website for you to make profit. Some of the most popular websites are listed below:

Turbosquid (most popular)
CG Studio
Exchange 3D

Sign up in any or all of the above sites to upload your models. Money will be credited to your account when someone purchases your model. You can then transfer the money to your PayPal account and then to your bank.

Other Tips:

  • Before selling your products or finding freelance work, create an account in the cgsociety website. This is because you can clarify your doubts and get replies from professionals who have years of working experience in the animation industry.
  • When selling your products, create models similar to the most popular ones on these websites. It gives you better chance at making profit.

This article is part of the #LearnOnlineWorkOnline series where we share methods to gain skills online with the help of free tools & use those skills to earn money at the comfort of your home.

Stay Creative. Stay Inspired.

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