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Carrara is a 3d modelling software that comes with a huge collection of features like; modelling, editing, animation, texturing, rendering, posing, collision detection, soft and rigid body dynamics, particle effect, dynamic hair and fur simulations and a lot more features. The software is currently distributed by Daz3D.

Carrara is very easy to learn and start using in real projects. What is really unique about Carrara is that it’s very suitable for digital artists who work alone (need to complete projects from a to z) and not part of a team in which every member is a specific specialization and skills. Learning Carrara is very useful for digital artists, even enthusiasts who want to create a short a demonstration about their idea or product might find it useful.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn Carrara, 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 Carrara) 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 Carrara Online from Scratch

Carrara Cafe

Carrara Cafe is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Carrara through video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 16 sections, each section is divided into a group of video lessons, each of these video lessons covers certain topics in that section, the best section for beginners to start from is the “Beginners” section.

Interface: The interface is simple, just click on the section you’re interested in and you you’ll be directed to the page where the available video lessons resides, then just click on the video lesson you’re interested in and it’ll start right away.

 1 - Carrara Cafe Carrara Training

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 Carrara.

Cons

  1. The video lessons aren’t created by the same illustrator, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

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

O’Reilly Video Training YouTube Channel

O’Reilly Video Training YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Carrara through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 12 video lessons, each video covers a certain topic in Carrara.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

 2 - O'Reilly Video Training YouTube Channel Carrara Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

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

Cons

  1. The training covers an old release of Carrara, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.
  2. The training doesn’t cover as many topics as the first outlet.

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

Pxleyes

Pxleyes is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Carrara through video tutorials. You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: It’s more of a large collection of video lessons, each video lesson is created by  a different illustrator and they cover the various tools in Carrara.

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

 3 - pxleyes Carrara Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.

Cons

  1. The tutorials covers an old release of Carrara.
  2. The tutorials aren’t well-organized for beginners.

Verdict: Though this outlet has a large collection of tutorials, but they’re not properly organized for beginners and they cover a very old release of the software.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Carrara:

  1. Carrara Cafe is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Carrara through video 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 Carrara.