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Learning

Assets

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Also see the beginner's reference.

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    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
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    @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
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    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
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    @ideasman42 Discussion should happen on the relevant meta. – gandalf3 Sep 1 '14 at 1:53

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Textures


HDR/JPEG Skydome Images


Stock Photos

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.

  • AwesomeBump is a free and open source program written using Qt library designed to generate normal, height, specular or ambient occlusion, metallic, roughness textures from a single image.

  • LICEcap is a free and open source program that can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF, or its own native lossless .LCF file format. It is available for Windows and Mac only, but the Windows version works remarkably well on Linux, through Wine.

  • Peek is also a free and open source program that can capture and area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF, which it is optimized for, or to .APNG, .WebM, or .MP4. It is made for Linux operating systems.

External Render engines:

  • LuxCoreRender (formerly 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.

  • TheBounty is a free montecarlo raytracing engine. (fork of Yafaray)

  • 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
    (open-source since 2014 but seems original authors abandoned).

  • 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"

  • Octane-Render Commercial plugin for blender available. GPU accelerated Unbiased rendering engine.

Rendering services:

Models

  • Is it okay if I bring all the websites list from Noob to Pro book? The interface there is kinda hard on the eye. – groundjet Nov 19 '16 at 13:46
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    @groundjet hm.. If you want, but maybe put them in a separate "noob to pro" answer and note the date, in case the list changes in the future. – gandalf3 Nov 20 '16 at 0:40
  • BlendSwap has stopped using https even on login page! Can we really continue to trust it? – groundjet Apr 21 '17 at 16:40
  • BlendSwap started using https again, thankfully, phew – groundjet May 17 '17 at 7:20

Materials

  • I cant find the license in absolutely any place for the materials downloadable from blender-materials.com, any idea? – Aquarius Power Jan 6 '16 at 3:06
  • @AquariusPower No idea. You could try contacting them (perhaps via their twitter? I don't see an email address..). I don't see much recent activity either. – gandalf3 Jan 6 '16 at 5:46
  • A pity, their site is working really well (search/download), but I cant be sure when using those files :(. I found their google+ account and an email there at info icon. thx! – Aquarius Power Jan 6 '16 at 6:24
  • oh, but anyway, as my goal is model for games, and blender-materials.com had some compatible (not cycles), I was interested, but I just found out that we can bake cycles materials into textures, so may be I just give up on it :) – Aquarius Power Jan 6 '16 at 6:28
  • @ gandalf3 blender-material.org website not working? – atek Nov 6 '16 at 6:49

Sounds

Ambient and Songs

Sound Effects

  • Freesound Has a large collection of sound effects.
  • FreeSFX has a medium(ish) collection of free sounds. (Registration required)
  • YouTube Audio Library contains royalty-free 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.
  • OpenGameArt.org: sound effects, music, and more. Various licenses.
  • 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

Themes

Blogs


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 '15 at 19:30
  • just have done so ;-) – Samoth Feb 9 '16 at 17:44
  • Also added Google+ communities for us non-facebookers – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Apr 20 '17 at 2:05

Books

NOTE: Check the Blender store on the books listed below to see if they can be purchased through that facility; doing so helps support the Blender foundation.

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

  • I miss a book which concentrates entirely on animation, especially animating characters, not for beginners but for advanced topics, like building a good posing library. – Brain Apr 27 '16 at 7:37

Integration with GIS (Geographic Information Systems (GIS))

There is no direct support for GIS in Blender, but there are a few addons to work with GIS data:

1) https://github.com/domlysz/BlenderGIS (Shapefile and georeferenced raster files)

2) https://github.com/vvoovv/blender-geo (OpenStreetMap, SRTM, GPX).

Also read here how georeferencing can be introduced to Blender.

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