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Asking for links to online resources. –  ideasman42 Aug 28 '14 at 11:18
Use sites like: slant.co to collect interested resources relating to a topic. asked here: slant.co/topics/1761/… –  ideasman42 Aug 28 '14 at 11:19
@ideasman42 We discussed this on meta. Since every few weeks or so a question pops up about resources, we thought it best to just have one community compiled resource and be done with it. Other sites on se have something like this. It's strictly blender and a wiki so anyone can contribute. We have one on meta but new users aren't familiar with se and might not be aware of it so we are porting it to the main site and adding new sources. –  iKlsR Aug 28 '14 at 18:25
How about commercially published books? I suspect that there are a number of (new) users who do not live close to a bookstore which stocks many books on 3D software, and may not be sufficiently sophisticated to search the web. –  brasshat Aug 28 '14 at 22:41

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HDR/JPEG Skydome Images

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External Tools

  • GIMP is a free and open source program designed for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

  • MakeHuman is a free and open source software for creating realistic 3D human models and rigs.

  • Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics editor.

  • Krita is a free digital painting and illustration application.

  • Hugin - Panorama Photo Stitcher

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Rendering services:

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Ambient and Songs

  • Soundcloud has many free downloadable audio tracks, the terms of use) mention optional creative commons, but these files seem to be rare.

Sound Effects

  • Freesound Has a large collection of sound effects.

Game Sounds

  • sfxr Is a simple sound effect generator
  • Bfxr Is is an elaboration of sfxr and has a web interface which allows download of created effect.
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Don't think we should have screenshots for anything, unless we have screenshots for everything. –  Greg Zaal Aug 28 '14 at 11:09
I agree, at least in this case.. I don't really see the point of this specific screenshot. –  gandalf3 Aug 28 '14 at 18:13


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External Render engines:

  • Luxrender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine. Supports Blender integration.

  • Yafaray is a free open-source raytracing engine which supports both biased an unbiased rendering methods. Supports Blender integration.

    Currently the project seems to be abandoned, but there is a project to fork and continue development here.

  • Mitsuba is a research-oriented rendering system in the style of PBRT.

  • Appleseed is a modern, open source, physically-based renderer designed for production rendering.

  • Jot is a program that lets designers, artists and animators directly annotate 3D computer graphics models (and animation) for stylized (NPR) rendering [in real time].

    A blender exporter and more up to date info can be found here.

  • Nox is a free stand-alone, physically-accurate state-of-an-art renderer. Windows only.

  • Aqsis is a cross-platform 3D rendering solution adhering to the RenderMan standard.

  • POV-ray is a high-quality, Free Software tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. Supports Blender integration.

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  • "Blender Foundations, The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6" by Roland Hess. ISBN 978-0-240-81430-8. Version 2.6


  • "Mastering Blender" by Tony Mullen ISBN 978-1118275405
  • "Introducing Character Animation with Blender" by Tony Mullen. 978-0470427378
  • "Blender Master Class: A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering" by Ben Simonds ISBN 978-1593274771


  • "Bounce, Tumble and Splash" by Tony Mullen ISBN 978-0-470-19280-1 (Physics Simulation) 2008
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