There are other programs out there that are just as powerful as Blender
Other Programs Helpful Websites:
Materialize allows you to make an diffuse or image bump or normal map. Very useful for turning your images into pbr materials.
ArmorPaint is like substance Painter for free. ($20?) He has a link to github that might still be free.
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com -- free studio quality editing software with compositing Davinci resolve
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/?sessionInvalidated=true - UNreal is the premiere game engine that's bleeding into the 3d visual effects world with real time abilities and quality assets using Megascans.
Unity Real-Time Development Platform | 3D, 2D VR & AR Engine -- Unity is the runner up for game engines and seems to be used more for mobile app development.
Boris FX | Particle Illusion -- stand alone particle generator - its an older thing but it has some nice presets if your not interested in using a 3d software. I can see using it for some effects works done for editing jobs.
https://www.daz3d.com -- Hub for all the amazing characters and outfits - render in daz comp in the bgs - posing in this program is the best i’ve seen so far - why can’t other 3d software pose this easily. Uses iray to render which uses gpu as well as cpu!! Characters can be exported to blender.
https://inspirationtuts.com -- VFX blog site - industry news. (nice site)
3D and 4D Technology Market by Solution Type, End-use Application | COVID-19 Impact Analysis | MarketsandMarkets™ -- want to know where 3d and animation is going - check out this marketing info site to help you make business decisions using 3d and animation.
LW - Community Lightwave blog