FREE 2D SOFTWARE
PureRef – the simple way of viewing and organizing images, as developers say. Plus it has the Always on Top mode and its UI color scheme resembles Half-Life. Oh, and it’s free!
Meshroom – a free, open-source 3D reconstruction software featuring the whole photogrammetric pipeline from point cloud generation to texturing.
NEW – VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
HandBrake – an open-source tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
AviDemux – a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. Can also be used for datamoshing.
FREE 3D SOFTWARE
SculptGL – a digital sculpting web app with sources available on Github. Features dynamic topology, remeshing, matcaps, you name it.
MagicaVoxel – a free lightweight 8-bit voxel art editor and interactive path tracing renderer.
NEW – TEXTURING SOFTWARE
Substance Designer – 3D material creation tool, defacto the standard in the 3d graphics industry for PBR texturing.
WEBSITE CREATION SOFTWARE
SquareSpace – a paid website authoring, marketing and analytics platform.
IMAGE EDITING APPS
Canva – create designs and documents in your browser, drag-n-drop style.
8Bit Photo Lab – a photo filtering app capable of simulating the ‘8-bit’ look of various computers and consoles from the 80s and 90s.
NEW – 2D CONTENT PUBLISHING PLATFORMS
Gfycat – upload and share high-quality looping GIFs. The embedded player looks neater than your usual GIFs!
Imgur – an image sharing platform and a passionate community where memes and viral images flourish.
NEW – 3D CONTENT PUBLISHING PLATFORMS
Sketchfab – the biggest 3D content publishing community, aimed at turning 3D into a mainstream media format. Sketchfab is a marketplace as well as a hub for Creative Commons content.
FREE BLENDER ADD-ONS
Animation Nodes – a node-based parametric modeling and visual scripting system designed for motion graphics in Blender. How cool is that.
Sverchok – a powerful parametric modeling toolset for Blender, featuring >150 nodes for creating and manipulating geometry.
PAID BLENDER ADD-ONS
FLIP Fluids – a paid liquid simulation add-on for Blender, based on a modern FLIP-based fluid solver.
Pluralsight – one of the biggest technology learning platforms. Digital-Tutors is now part of this platform.
Gnomon – computer graphics education for careers in the entertainment industry.
Godot – free and open source game engine, being developed at a high rate. The Blender of game engines.
Armory – an open-source 3D game engine with full Blender integration.
NEW – COLOR AND LIGHT
Crafting Physically-based Materials – from Google Filament documentation
BOOKS. COLOR AND LIGHT
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney – A meticulous study of color and light in paintings.
BOOKS. VISUAL CULTURE
James Elkins: How to Use Your Eyes – A book that gives you a glimpse into the inner workings of our visual system.
NEW – PHOTOGRAPHY
The Art of Photography – the best photography channel on Youtube by Ted Forbes.
NEW – CROWDFUNDING
Kickstarter – a crowdfunding platform with >150k projects successfully funded.
Indiegogo – yet another crowdfunding platform with a huge group of backers.
NEW – TYPOGRAPHY
Google Fonts – an extensive catalogue of open source designer web fonts.
Fontsquirrel – as they describe themselves, Free Font Utopia. High quality free fonts licensed for commercial use.
yobi3d – a robust 3D model search engine with the Search by Image and Search by 3D Model functionality.
NEW – PRINT SERVICES
Printful – on-demand online printing and shipping, can be paired with Gumroad for semi-automatic orders.
FREE IMAGES AND TEXTURES, ICONS AND PHOTOS
TextureHaven – high quality textures (8K, PBR) by Rob Tuytel. Licensed under Creative Commons 0.
PAID IMAGES AND TEXTURES, ICONS AND PHOTOS
Poliigon – a huge library of textures, materials and HDR’s.
NEW – MISC
NormalMapOnline – an online normal map generator.
terrain.party – the easy way to extract real-world height maps.
MUSIC AND AUDIO (Creative Commons)
OtisMcDonald – Producer and multiinstrumentalist Joe Bagale released 30 tracks under a copyright free license on Youtube Music Library. I love these tracks.
NEW – ANALYTICS
SocialBlade – user statistics for Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Blender Network – Blender Foundation’s official partnership program, an online directory and social network for Blender professionals.
Leonardo Braz – 3D artist with a huge potential.
Troy Sobotka – acolyte of moving pixels, an expert of color science.
Paul Chambers – professional CG generalist, runs a blog.
Mason Menzies – environment 3D artist
Rachel Frick – a super stylish CG artist
James O’Brien (Vadim Ignatiev) – CG artist. Check his car and city renders!
YanSculpts (Yanal Sosak) – a passionate hard working character artist.
Penfinity – Blender tutorials and amazing hard-surface modeling expertise by Wesley Vanitou.
Lawrence Jaeger – 3D & motion Designer
Jim Morren – 3D character artist and asset creator.
Sean Kennedy – professional VFX artist, runs OpenVisualFX blog with tips and training for free & open-source VFX software.
Daniel Martinez Lara – the director of award-winning animated shorts, artist, developer of Grease Pencil
Daniel Bystedt – Blender artist, senior character artist at Goodbye Kansas Studios.
Jerry Perkins (masterxeon1001) – creator of HardOps and other add-ons for Blender, member of TeamC.
MACHIN3 – creates modeling add-ons and 3D assets.
ARTISTS AND CONTENT CREATORS
CaptainDisilluision – a famous superhero debunking internet hoaxes.
Vitaly Bulgarov – concept designer, 3D artist and hard-surface modeler, level = godlike.
Tor Frick – art director, concept designer and 3D generalist.
David Revoy – a digital artist using 100% open-source.
Ben Nicholas – senior concept artist, designer and photographer helping people to deal with depression by tweeting his journey.
OVER TO YOU
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