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Plant Factory is a 3D vegetation modelling, rendering and animation software, it can also be used for architectural renderings, game creation and even animated movies. Plant Factory comes with tools that allows its user create vegetation in many ways; painting it, completely graphing all plant properties or assembling simple building blocks.

Learning Plant Factory would be helpful for architects, CG artists working or willing to work in the gaming or animation industry. It’s a very useful tool that allows you to quickly and professional create your vegetation models.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn Plant Factory, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Plant Factory) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with Plant Factory Online from Scratch

e-on Software Wiki

e-on Software Wiki is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through a text based tutorial, it’s worth noting that e-on Software is the company currently developing Plant Factory.

Structure: The training is divided into 8 chapters/sections, each section is divided into lessons that covers the various tools available in Plant Factory.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the lesson resides.

1 - e-on Software Wiki Plant Factory Tutorial

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized and structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training is more of a wiki which might be a problem for some beginners.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through a text based tutorial.

e-on Software YouTube Channel

e-on Software YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 37 video lessons, each video lesson covers some tools and techniques available in Plant Factory.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

 2 - eonsoftware YouTube Channel Plant Factory Tutorial

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers the basics beginners should be familiarized with in order to start using Plant Factory.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover some of the advanced tools and techniques in Plant Factory, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through video tutorials.

Geek at Play

Geek at Play is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the free training. The training entitled “Discovering The Plant Factory” is the best for beginners to start from. It’s worth noting that as a free user you’ll have access to 16 video lessons out of the total video lessons available for purchase.

Structure: The free training is divided into 16 video lessons, each video lesson covers certain tools and techniques in Plant Factory.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the video lesson you’re interested in and the video will start right away.

3 - Geek at Play Plant Factory Tutorial

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners

Cons

  1. Not all of the training is available for free, though the free videos are enough for beginners to get started with the software.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning Plant Factory through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Plant Factory:

  1. e-on Software YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Plant Factory through video tutorials.
  2. e-on Software Wiki is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Plant Factory through text based tutorials.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning Plant Factory.