Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources and software that I have found useful for 3D artists in one way or another. Some are free and some are paid resources.

Free to use cc0 or no attribution resources

Textures

Textures.one – The best place to start at the moment, it is like a texture search engine, searching through a set of the texture sites below as well as some smaller collections.

Texturehaven.com – This site has excellent texture quality made from 3D scans. All cc0 and a historical theme.

cc0Textures.com – This site is a goldmine for anyone needing textures for most kind of scenes and architecture visualization. 

cgbookcase.com – Same as above, a growing texture library of high-quality cc0 textures.

sharetextures.com – Slightly newer site than the above ones but you can find some good textures here. Some textures require you to join the patreon page for access.

3Dtextures.me – To me, this is a newer site but has one of the highest quality overall.

Chocofur  – Got high-quality textures only requirement is to create an account to download them. They also have a nice 3D model collection under the cc0 license.

VirtualShade – Varying license between cc0 and cc-by. Even if the collection is quite small, whats there has excellent quality.

Texture.ninja – A large collection of image textures. only photos, no texture maps. But the size of the library makes it worth to check out.

Duion.com –  This is a library of cc0 textures. Mostly photos that are taken to be used as textures, not properly prepared to be seamless or anything though so they need some work.

3D-wolf.com – just a handful of textures on the page, but at the bottom, they have a link to a larger library of textures on a Google Drive repository.

HDRI

HDRIHaven.com – Possibly the site that has sparked life into multiple of the texture sites above. The goto place for hdri images.

Images

Pixabay.com –  only cc0 images, larges library, and fast-growing, no longer cc0 to prevent their images to move to other libraries. But other than that they are free to use.

Stocksnap.io – cc0 images, smaller library, may find more unique images here

usplash.com – continue on with the good stuff

Pexels.com – like the two above I guess

Icons

iconmonstr.com – it’s not cc0, can’t be used in logos, etc. but a very permitting license.

Blender News

Blendernation – The go-to place for Blender related news

Blender Today – Blender news and community

Game Engines

Godot engine – The open-source game engine

Armory 3D – Game engine running on top of Blender

Unity – Popular game engine

Unreal Engine – Slightly more advanced game engine

Lumberyard – New game engine based on CryEngine

2D Image & vector software

Krita – the number one open-source painting app

Gravit.io – interesting vector graphics software

Inkscape – The go-to open-source vector art program

Mischief – Cool infinite canvas painting application

Rawtherapee.com – Open source raw image file processing

3D Image

Blender – Needs no more introduction

Makehuman – Software for creating anatomically correct human models

ProRender – Alternative render engine that runs in Blender

Sketchfab.com – Show your 3D creations on the web

For streaming and video

vb-audio – Advanced audio mixer tools

Open Broadcast Software – record and broadcast

Audacity – Improve your audio

Art tools

Kuadro – Reference image manager

Photography

Digicamcontrol – control your DSLR from your computer