I am interested in generating crystal structure images for my own research. I came across very cool and professional graphics:
Can someone please suggest some software to produce similar graphics (including the shadows behind the atoms)?
I should have contacted the owner directly, but I could not find any contact details on the website.
Judging by the ambient occlusion and reflections, this looks like it has been created using 3D modelling software like 3ds max, or Maya. However those are both industry-leading software packages and cost a lot (trust me). You might be better off trying to find a free solution, like Blender, or mimicking the effect in an illustration program like Adobe Illustrator.
I hope this helps! 🙂