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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
Software

Rendering

* KERKYTHEA 2008 ECHO My main rendering solution
    Downloads
    forum
    materials Fletch's exhaustive list of KT materials
   
Poseray http://mysite.verizon.net/sfg0000/ 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 http://www.aqsis.org/ Open source 3D rendering solution adhering to the RenderMan standard

Modelling
       
GOOGLE SKETCHUP - do I really need to provide a link here? you could just google "sketchup"... oh go on then, here it is http://sketchup.google.com/
    http://sketchucation.com/ massive resource site for Sketchup
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/
    Ruby Library Depot an exhaustive list of ruby plugins for sketchup, any you can't find here should be at sketchucation
http://www.3dworldmag.com/2009/10/21/10_must_have_sketchup_plug_ins/

*BLENDER http://www.blender.org/ Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite

Blenrig http://jpbouza.com.ar/wp/blenrig/ BlenRig is an Auto Rigging & Skinning System for Blender 2.5+ series.

* INSIGHT3D http://insight3d.sourceforge.net/ opensource 3d photogrammetry software, produce models from photos... neat

* SCULPTRIS http://www.sculptris.com/ 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 http://www.pixologic.com/sculptris/

* TOPMOD http://code.google.com/p/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 http://www.planetside.co.uk/ Terragen 2 is a powerful solution for rendering and animating realistic natural environments.

* ART OF ILLUSION http://www.artofillusion.org/ index is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio.

* WINGS3D http://www.wings3d.com/ is a subdivision modeler (courtesy of dentex)

*IVY GENERATOR http://graphics.uni-konstanz.de/~luft/ivy_generator/ does what it says...very well (courtesy of dentex)

from Schmiegel
  1. * K3dsurf -> [link]
  2. * Structure Synth!! -> [link]
  3. * Meshlab -> [link]
* ANIM8OR http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html freeware animation

* DAZ Studio http://www.daz3d.com/i/software/daz_studio3?_m=d is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery.

* K-3D http://www.k-3d.org/ 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 http://www.pullin-shapes.co.uk/page8.htm 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.

Meshlab http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/

Cult3D® http://www.cult3d.com/index.php 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
http://www.naturalmotion.com/endorphinLE Create Virtual Stuntmen for Movies and Games with NaturalMotion's Dynamic Motion Synthesis Software.

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

tree generation for povray http://arbaro.sourceforge.net/

*3d modelling with silhouettes http://www.alecrivers.com/3dmodelingwithsilhouettes/

*Random object creator http://www.sharecg.com/v/39328/browse/10/Software-and-Tools/Random-Obj-v0

Scherk-Collins sculpture generator http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~sequin/SCULPTS/scherk.html very interesting

substance 3d http://www.neuro-systems.net/documents/substance.html

*Mach Studio pro is now free! http://www.studiogpu.com/download/index

Autodesk Photofly http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/photo_scene_editor/ is free for the moment

 
Post Production, Texture Generation and Image editing

GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ THE photoshop alternative

* http://www.cgenie.com/tutorials/article/1-tutorials/5-introduction-to-bump-normal-and-displacement-textures.html

* Excellent tutorial about creating great normal maps on CGtextures.com http://cgtextures.com/content.php?action=tutorial&name=normalmap

* xNormal http://www.xnormal.net/1.aspx 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 http://www.game-artist.net/forums/support-tech-discussion/10450-free-alternative-crazy-bump.html a free alternative to crazy bump ( hint: the download as at the end of the thread)

Courtesy of ~AnnaPaar
  1. Penrose tiler http://www.newfreeware.com/graphics/603/download/ the only decent link I can find for this interesting program
  2. Filter forge free packs http://www.filterforge.com/download/

*Acme brick masonry designer http://www.acmebrick.com/md/index.htm awesome material design tool
*Wood Workshop http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/ww_overview.htm is a free
seamless texture editor that specializes in the creation of seamless wood
textures

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

PICASA http://picasa.google.com/ very useful photo management program from google. very good for emergency tweaking of renders.

* LITHUNWRAP http://www.geeks3d.com/20090303/lithunwrap-free-uv-mapper-for-windows/ a free UV mapper

* APOPHYSIS http://www.apophysis.org/ Freeware fractal flame editor for Windows
the 3d hack! http://news.deviantart.com/article/35595/

* More fractal stuff here, this piece of art has useful info about making 3d images from 2d images (in this case based on fractals)
http://sum1good.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d36yhp3
http://www.fractalforums.com/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=19
http://www.fractalforums.com/3d-fractal-generation/mandelbulb-3d-how-to-export-3d-mesh/
Culminating in this piece of image editing software
http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/features.html

* NVIDIA Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop (Normal/Cube Maps, DDS) http://developer.nvidia.com/object/photoshop_dds_plugins.html

* oloneo (courtesy of ~AnnaPaar) http://www.oloneo.com/en/page/home.html excellent postpro light balancing tool, in beta... therefore free, till april 1st 2011

Architectural Entourage

http://www.immediateentourage.com/

http://www.imagecels.com/im01800.html

http://www.viz-people.com/free-stuff

Animation

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

* WAX http://www.debugmode.com/wax/ is a very impressive high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software.

effects for windows movie maker http://www.thefxarchive.com/index.php?os=XP&category=Effects
Useful Websites

Lighting and Global Illumination

*HDR LABS http://www.hdrlabs.com/ Site devoted to HDR photography

* Bracket HDR viewer http://www.coolhall.com/homepage/bracket/bracket.html

* excellent selection of HDRI panoramas http://www.openfootage.net/?cat=15

* http://www.bobgroothuis.com/ really high quality HDRI's from holland
http://www.bobgroothuis.com/blog/2010/11/van-kleef-distillery-360-297w/

*Bernhard Vogl's free light probes http://www.dativ.at/lightprobes/index.html

* A FLICKR COLLECTION OF Equirectangular Panoramas EXCELLENT! http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/sets/72157604695660345/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mantisofdestiny/sets/72157615035680290/
* Equirectangular accurate large scale starfield http://local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/miscellaneous/starfield/

* And how to add nebula in gimp http://www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2526

Luminance HDR http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/ aka Qtpfsgui: an Open Source Workflow for HDR Imaging


Textures, Shaders and Materials

* CGTEXTURES http://www.cgtextures.com/ strives to be the world's best texture site.

* MAYANGS FREE TEXTURE LIBRARY http://www.mayang.com/textures/

* Plaintextures.com http://www.plaintextures.com/

DEVIANTART TEXTURE SEARCH only just thought of this!! http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=wood+textures#

* Another texture library http://textures.forrest.cz/

* Texture spot http://www.texturespot.com/

* Texture library at 3dtotal http://freetextures.3dtotal.com/index.php?s=c:Asphalt%20&cid=18

* From rgowland
  1. * Grunge Textures http://www.grungetextures.com/ 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 http://www.3dlinks.com/links.cfm?categoryid=10&subcategoryid=94&order=catrating
  3. * 3Dmd.net http://www.3dmd.net/gallery/ has a lot of reference images and textures suitable for 3d work
  4. * A site with a bunch of video game textures http://www.davegh.com/vg/home.htm
  5. urban dirty http://urbandirty.com/ cc licensed dirty textures

* OPENCLIPART http://www.openclipart.org/

GIGAPIXL http://www.gigapxl.org/ a gallery of massive high resolution photos from across america

* FREE SKYMAPS http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=24038 from a blender forum

* Free Planet maps from the pixel planet emporium http://planetpixelemporium.com/planets.html

* Blue marble textures of the earth http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BlueMarble/BlueMarble_monthlies.php

zbrush download centre http://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/downloadcenter/
useful stuff for sculptris
* The makers of Genetica and wood workshop, spiral graphics http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/
also have a DA membership http://spiralgraphic.deviantart.com/ and
post some really nice stuff too, in particular this excellent tile
texture
http://spiralgraphic.deviantart.com/art/Broken-Tiles-Seamless-Texture-177441806?q=gallery%3Aspiralgraphic%2F25028091&qo=9

* DA member ~agf81 http://agf81.deviantart.com/ 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 http://regulus36.deviantart.com/ suggested Imageafter http://www.imageafter.com/index.php and DarkNews http://www.darknews.com/?page_id=55
*~HalfPintMike http://halfpintmike.deviantart.com/ suggested Morguefile
*~u-ri http://u-ri.deviantart.com/ suggested Texturelib http://texturelib.com/

*Oh and I added *Nobiax http://nobiax.deviantart.com/ as an excellent provider of textures on DA.

3dtexturesfree http://map.3dmodelfree.com/

10 ravens have loads http://www.10ravens.com/textures/

VYONYX architectural visualisers http://vyonyx.com/category/down/ have some great textures and entourage

Blender open material repository http://matrep.parastudios.de/index.php

Model Databases

Italian furniture manufacturer  with great 3d models of their products http://www.flou.it/#/letti

* 3D MESHES RESEARCH DATABASE http://www-roc.inria.fr/gamma/download/download.php nanaki http://nanaki-murasaki.deviantart.com/ 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 http://archive3d.net/ fairly massive object library with no registration required

From rgowland
  1. A List of Free Poser / Daz Models (over 350 free models) http://forum.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=57954
  2. philc.net http://www.philc.net/freestuff_archive.php more poser resources
* NASA 3D RESOURCES http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/index.html

3dmodelfree http://www.3dmodelfree.com/

http://cg-india.com/cgblog_3dmodels.html

http://www.cadmonkey.com/models.htm

Free maya rigs http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=397196

Nanaki was kind enough to alert me to this one http://www.3dcafe.com/

Miscellaneous Websites and Tools

found this ancient link in my bookmarks http://objects.povworld.org/links6.html a large list of models sites... might still work!

 The-Blueprints.com http://www.the-blueprints.com/ 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 Suurland.com http://www.suurland.com/blueprints.php?catagory=7&order=name From rgowland

* DEPTH OF FIELD CALCULATOR http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html a very helpful site when trying to get that lens blur just right

3D object converter Shareware (30 days) http://web.axelero.hu/karpo/ potentially very useful in the absense of a truly free offering

Tutorials

Sketchup Tutorials

Kerkythea Tutorials
main tutes page http://www.kerkythea.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=76
two global creation  tutes http://www.kerkythea.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=21846#21846
http://www.kerkythea.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=40343#40343

excellent hdri compositing tutorial http://www.kerkythea.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=5908

http://www.kerkythea.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4484&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
making a model library

From rgowland
  1. *Blender Tutorials http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/
  2. Photorealism Tricks of the Trade from a cg society forum post http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=2&t=740890
  3. *blender 3d:noob to pro http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro
*Blender cookie http://www.blendercookie.com/2010/07/30/using-the-human-meta-rig/ using the human meta rig

*blender retopology tutorial http://leadwerks.com/werkspace/page/resources/_/artwork/modelling/blender-retopology-tutorial-r17

*blender retopo tute http://vimeo.com/10695820
*blender cookie retopo tute http://www.blendercookie.com/2010/08/30/retopology-and-normal/
Blender atmosphere tute http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?6424-planet-atmosphere

Taffgochs geodesic help group http://groups.google.com/group/geodesichelp/topics?pli=1

Magazine and Community sites

http://www.i3ddb.com/

* http://www.3dtotal.com/

* http://www.3dworldmag.com/

* http://www.3dcreativemag.com/

* http://www.3dartistonline.com/

* http://www.3dartist.com/

* http://www.hdri3d.com/index.php

* http://3dhobbymag.com/

* http://www.game-artist.net/forums/

* http://www.cgsociety.org/

* http://tdt3d.com/

*http://cghub.com/

*http://www.sharecg.com/index.php

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