60 Useful Links for 3D Artists and Content Creators

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    It’s amazing how many useful tools, websites and people we miss daily. Scrub through these 60 useful links that I’ve just added to the Resources Mega Collection on Creative Shrimp.

    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!

    PHOTOGRAMMETRY SOFTWARE

    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.

    E-LEARNING

    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.

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    GAME ENGINES

    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.

    3D ASSETS

    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.

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    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 COMMUNITY

    Blender Network – Blender Foundation’s official partnership program, an online directory and social network for Blender professionals.

    Aidy Burrows – CG artist, veteran game developer, lead instructor at CG Masters.

    James B. Candy – 3D scanner and film maker at Classy Dog Films.

    Bill Barber – tutorial maker, runs BlenderBrit website.

    Leonardo Braz – 3D artist with a huge potential.

    Grant Wilk – 3D generalist, creator of Remington Graphics.

    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.

    Ian Lloyd Dela Cruz – Blender 3D privateer, creator of Ice Tools Pro

    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

    What have I missed? Tell me in the comments if you know some other crazy useful website. Much appreciated!

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