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3D Free-sources

This list is a collection point for all the free resources I use and have been made aware of whilst making 3D models and images


* KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO My main rendering solution
    materials Fletch's exhaustive list of KT materials
Poseray is an utility to convert 3D model meshes into POV-Ray scenes, Moray UDO files or Kerkythea meshes.

From rgowland
  1. Yafaray
  2. LuxRender

from Schmiegel
  1. Povray -> [link]
  2. Bryce Free Personal Learning Editions -> [link]
  3. Sunflow -> [link]
Aqsis Open source 3D rendering solution adhering to the RenderMan standard

GOOGLE SKETCHUP - do I really need to provide a link here? you could just google "sketchup"... oh go on then, here it is massive resource site for Sketchup
    Ruby Library Depot an exhaustive list of ruby plugins for sketchup, any you can't find here should be at sketchucation

*BLENDER Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite

Blenrig BlenRig is an Auto Rigging & Skinning System for Blender 2.5+ series.

* INSIGHT3D opensource 3d photogrammetry software, produce models from photos... neat

* SCULPTRIS think Zbrush but free, small and easy to use. (its so good that pixologic, the makers of Zbrush, have just bought it up) new download link and version

* TOPMOD my latest favourite software (apart from kerkythea!) TopMod is based on a new paradigm that allows dynamically changing the topology of 2-manifold polygonal meshes.

* TERRAGEN Terragen 2 is a powerful solution for rendering and animating realistic natural environments.

* ART OF ILLUSION index is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio.

* WINGS3D is a subdivision modeler (courtesy of dentex)

*IVY GENERATOR does what it says...very well (courtesy of dentex)

from Schmiegel
  1. * K3dsurf -> [link]
  2. * Structure Synth!! -> [link]
  3. * Meshlab -> [link]
* ANIM8OR freeware animation

* DAZ Studio is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery.

* K-3D K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It combines flexible plugins with a visualization pipeline architecture, making K-3D a versatile and powerful tool for artists.

* Roadkill UV Tool If a good proportion of your life is spent texture mapping polygon meshes, then you should probably install Roadkill. The latest version (currently rc3) is a standalone application that can be called from Maya, 3DS Max and now Softimage XSI.


Cult3D® is the industry's leading real-time "virtual" rendering engine that lets users fully interact with advanced 3D animations online

* Endorphin 2.7 Learning Edition Create Virtual Stuntmen for Movies and Games with NaturalMotion's Dynamic Motion Synthesis Software.

* Mesh mixer is a free tool for making crazy-ass 3D stuff without too much hassle. Or boring stuff too. You decide.

tree generation for povray

*3d modelling with silhouettes

*Random object creator

Scherk-Collins sculpture generator very interesting

substance 3d

*Mach Studio pro is now free!

Autodesk Photofly is free for the moment

Post Production, Texture Generation and Image editing

GIMP THE photoshop alternative


* Excellent tutorial about creating great normal maps on

* xNormal xNormal is an application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. It can also project the texture of the highpoly model into the lowpoly mesh ( complete texture transfer, even with different topologies ).

* Insane Bump a free alternative to crazy bump ( hint: the download as at the end of the thread)

Courtesy of ~AnnaPaar
  1. Penrose tiler the only decent link I can find for this interesting program
  2. Filter forge free packs

*Acme brick masonry designer awesome material design tool
*Wood Workshop is a free
seamless texture editor that specializes in the creation of seamless wood

*~HalfPintMike suggested a tartan generator here
TARTAN MAKER what a cool idea
PAINT.NET Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software.

PICASA very useful photo management program from google. very good for emergency tweaking of renders.

* LITHUNWRAP a free UV mapper

* APOPHYSIS Freeware fractal flame editor for Windows
the 3d hack!

* More fractal stuff here, this piece of art has useful info about making 3d images from 2d images (in this case based on fractals);sa=view;down=19
Culminating in this piece of image editing software

* NVIDIA Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop (Normal/Cube Maps, DDS)

* oloneo (courtesy of ~AnnaPaar) excellent postpro light balancing tool, in beta... therefore free, till april 1st 2011

Architectural Entourage


* VIRTUAL DUB is a powerful video capture/processing utility useful for compiling sketchup animations rendered in Kerkythea.

* WAX is a very impressive high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software.

effects for windows movie maker
Useful Websites

Lighting and Global Illumination

*HDR LABS Site devoted to HDR photography

* Bracket HDR viewer

* excellent selection of HDRI panoramas

* really high quality HDRI's from holland

*Bernhard Vogl's free light probes

* A FLICKR COLLECTION OF Equirectangular Panoramas EXCELLENT!
* Equirectangular accurate large scale starfield

* And how to add nebula in gimp

Luminance HDR aka Qtpfsgui: an Open Source Workflow for HDR Imaging

Textures, Shaders and Materials

* CGTEXTURES strives to be the world's best texture site.



DEVIANTART TEXTURE SEARCH only just thought of this!!

* Another texture library

* Texture spot

* Texture library at 3dtotal

* From rgowland
  1. * Grunge Textures provide quality background textures that can be used free of charge for digital artwork, 3D rendering, web design and print projects. We specialize in weathered and worn surfaces.
  2. * A page linking a fair number of minor texture sites
  3. * has a lot of reference images and textures suitable for 3d work
  4. * A site with a bunch of video game textures
  5. urban dirty cc licensed dirty textures


GIGAPIXL a gallery of massive high resolution photos from across america

* FREE SKYMAPS from a blender forum

* Free Planet maps from the pixel planet emporium

* Blue marble textures of the earth

zbrush download centre
useful stuff for sculptris
* The makers of Genetica and wood workshop, spiral graphics
also have a DA membership and
post some really nice stuff too, in particular this excellent tile

* DA member ~agf81 has really singled himself out as a worthy texture supplier with a collection of 96 seamless, tileable and stock textures, complete with (where necessary) full displacement, normal, specular and bump maps.

**Regulus36 suggested Imageafter and DarkNews
*~HalfPintMike suggested Morguefile
*~u-ri suggested Texturelib

*Oh and I added *Nobiax as an excellent provider of textures on DA.


10 ravens have loads

VYONYX architectural visualisers have some great textures and entourage

Blender open material repository

Model Databases

Italian furniture manufacturer  with great 3d models of their products

* 3D MESHES RESEARCH DATABASE nanaki suggested this one - 80000 models to choose from including a lot of sci-fi. non-com use only, remember its polite to attribute :D

* ARCHIVE3D.NET fairly massive object library with no registration required

From rgowland
  1. A List of Free Poser / Daz Models (over 350 free models)
  2. more poser resources


Free maya rigs

Nanaki was kind enough to alert me to this one

Miscellaneous Websites and Tools

found this ancient link in my bookmarks a large list of models sites... might still work! is a website dedicated to collecting 3/4/5-view drawings, templates and blueprints for as many objects as possible

A list of reference blueprints at From rgowland

* DEPTH OF FIELD CALCULATOR a very helpful site when trying to get that lens blur just right

3D object converter Shareware (30 days) potentially very useful in the absense of a truly free offering


Sketchup Tutorials

Kerkythea Tutorials
main tutes page
two global creation  tutes

excellent hdri compositing tutorial
making a model library

From rgowland
  1. *Blender Tutorials
  2. Photorealism Tricks of the Trade from a cg society forum post
  3. *blender 3d:noob to pro
*Blender cookie using the human meta rig

*blender retopology tutorial

*blender retopo tute
*blender cookie retopo tute
Blender atmosphere tute

Taffgochs geodesic help group

Magazine and Community sites