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Use sites like: to collect interested resources relating to a topic. asked here:… – 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
Really think these questions should be disallowed, asking for lists of links which will change fairly often is totally outside SE format. – ideasman42 Aug 31 '14 at 21:49
@ideasman42 Discussion should happen on the relevant meta. – gandalf3 Sep 1 '14 at 1:53

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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

  • JMC2OBJ - Minecraft to .obj converter for makers of MC scenes.

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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.

  • PRMan Another cross platform integration of Pixar's RendermanProServer 20.0+ (Free for non-commercial use).

  • V-Ray for Blender An add-on that packages a .blend file and converts it into a format that V-Ray standalone knows how to render.

  • B-Maxwell
    The B-Maxwell add-on is a basic exporter from Blender to Maxwell Render (Windows and Linux). "B-Maxwell add-on offers seamless integration with Maxwell Render and Blender"

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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.
  • FreeSFX has a medium(ish) collection of free sounds. (Registration required)

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


Communities and Forums

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I understand there are Facebook blender groups, but I deliberately don't facebook, so perhaps others will edit in links. – brasshat Jun 25 at 19:30


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