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Free Blender Resources

Welcome to the Toxic Tuba collection of useful FREE resources for blender, the awesome open source 3D suite, free for everyone forever.
Some clever individuals from the huge worldwide blender community made a lot commercial resources you can buy from blender market and gumroad, these sites have a good search functionality to them and some free ressource hidden within the paid ones, so use these too. But for this page we want to keep it all free.
Feel free to use the contact form to submit some more links!




Materials

PBR TEXTURES

For good, convincing realistic objects in your 3D renders you need good PBR Materials with bumpmaps and roughness maps, not just plain image textures. The extra texture maps add so much more to your final render than a plain, wallpaper like texture. There are some free PBR examples to grab on the great textures website poliigon, but the best things in life are free, so check out these really great free PBR textures websites listed below.

Most of these PBR Materials are made with the great software Substance Designer, if you want to make your own PBR materials this is the software to buy. Yes, buy, it costs money, but it works and has lots of good tutorials on youtube. But fear not, there is also an open source alternative to Substance Designer, make sure to check out Materialize.

These PBR Textures, contrary to the procedural textures listed later, are not limited to blender use only, but can also be used in Cinema 4D, Maya, sketchup, and some more...


 General PBR Textures

3D Textures
another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures by Joao Paulo.
All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made with substance designer. Support the maker on patreon and you can get higher resolutions of the materials and even the substance files to create your own material from it and have almost unlimited variations. As of writing this there are 450+ textures on the 3D Textures website. The Scifi / Metal Plating textures here are really awesome and worth checking out! A trello board can be used to request materials, but access is limited to patreons it seems...


CC0 Textures
a great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures by Struffel Productions.
All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made with substance designer. And there are a lot of materials for all kind of uses, around 600 different materials as of writing this.


CG Bookcase
yet another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures made by Dorian Zgraggen. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made with substance designer. As of writing this there are 300+ textures available. There is even a dedicated category filled with surface imperfections like fingerprints and grunge and some, check it out.


Pixel Furnace
another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made with substance designer by Pixel Furnace. Almost 100 materials are available with a wide range of categories to fit into.


Texture Haven
another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made with substance designer. Almost 150 materials are availabe as of writing this.


Share Textures
another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Most materials are made from photographs and not with substance designer as on the previously listed pages. So this is worth checking out. There are some gemstone materials on the page that are not on the other pages.


Patternpanda
Pattern Panda has a great collection of free PBR textures, all released under the very free CC-BY license. Lots of stones and concret textures can be found, interesting paper textures, woods, walls with stones, tiles and also vines, metals with and without rust and lots of fabric and leather materials.
Besides the PBR textures you can also find very interesting and seamless scratchmasks on the page and a few HDRs to light your scene.


Blendfab
another collection of free PBR textures and a few procedural textures for blender. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Once you get used to how the materials are sorted on the page you can make some use out of it. There are also free models (already textured) to be found on blendfab.


Free PBR
another collection of free PBR textures for blender. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.
Lots of metals and rock+stone textures can be found here. Also snowy and wood grounds.


textures.com
This website offers photoscanned (and thus over realistic) textures too, also HDRIs, but this link leads you to mostly substance designer made textures. Textures.com has a credit system where you can buy some credits and otherwise get a limited amount of credits per day, so use them wisely or support the website itself.



 Specific Purpose Textures
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NASA 3D Ressource
All planets and lots of moons of our solar system mapped out. Only the color information is available it seems, no bumpmaps. Directly from the source, for educational purposes mostly, but noone is stopping you from throwing an asteroid onto a sphere with earth texture muhuhaharg!


Solar System Scope
All planets of our solar system mapped out. Only the color information is available it seems, no bumpmaps.




PROCEDURAL TEXTURES
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Procedural textures are also used for realistic render results and the node setup inside the shader is a lot more complex than just 4-5 image textures plugged into a principled BSDF Shader but for that you can come really close with your camera and not see the single pixels. Also these textures are seamless from start on so there is even less repetition in it than with a good seamless texture.
And when uploading your files to a renderfarm procedural textures account for a smaller filesize.
These textures are exclusive to use in blender, no chance with Cinema 4D or Maya and the like, universal textures are the PBR textures listed above...


Simon Thommes' procedural shaders
Simon Thommes creates great procedural shaders for blender and puts them on gumroad for free or what you are willing to pay. His procedural knitwear shader KNITTR is great for making realistic procedural clothing like sweaters. The same greatness comes from the procedural scales shader SC'LES, best used for snakes or other amphibians or maybe even rooftiles, be creative with it. The procedural Brickwall shader BR'CKS has a lot of options for cracks, texture and carvings on the bricks and displacement (slanting) of the bricks as if a drunk brick layer did build the wall, and on top of that you get some finetuning options for the mortar between the bricks, check out this awesome shader!


Blender Insight
All materials on the linked page work with cycles and EEVEE. Most of the 2.79 shaders are also really good, but optimized for cycles only. The organic materials for cycles 2.79 are great, check out the procedural cherry material and the procedural orange peel material.


Boundless Blending
Sayan Mondal presents his 8 procedural Textures. We have a Rainy Window (with animatable raindrops!), a Leather Material, an Asphalt Material, a Concrete Material (that looks more like a rock to me, but a good and procedural one!), Smooth Wood Material, Steel Material (with rough patches), a Rough Wood Material (with lots of structure and carved bumps) and a Linen Material for textiles.
As all materials are procedural you can tweak a lot of node settings and make the basic materials more fit to your needs. Great starter materials!


Erindale
Erindale makes great customizable procedural textures. Please check them out and make good use of them and leave him a tip.
He has a really great procedural wood floor shader called TIMBER, all you ever need for archvis grounds. And his wicker material shader called WICKR is wicked and very customizable for all kinds of wicker baskets and wicker furniture.


Blender Sauce
A big collection of a lot of rather boring materials, though the metals are interesting and emulate real world metals, the best looking (and imho most useful) metal materials are copper and gold. The nature materials have some interesting procedural leather shaders and an Amber shader that could need more extreme bumps but could also work as honey.


String Fairy
Youtube User String Fairy has a nice collection of precedural blender exclusiv materials. Well, Material Tutorials, you have to follow along the tutorial to get the shader, he doesn't offer direct download of the shaders. But in the end you make your own shader even better and more detailed and more fitting to your needs and you even learn something from it, go do it, it is great.




HDRIs
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You can either make your world a boring plain color, use the build in sky generator in blender (better don't!), use some paid addons like Pro Lighting Skies or you just use a HDRI image to light your scene and make it look more professional, realistic and just plain better in no time. There are lots of paid HDRI images available on the internet but you get more and more free HDRIs from the following sources, and this is probably all you will need.

HDRI Haven
A great collection of free HDRIs, all released under the very free CC0 license. Every type of location, time of day and lots of different clouds in the sky can be found here.


Eisklotz
A pretty good collection of free HDRIs, indoors and outdoors, all released under the very free CC0 license. Every type of location, time of day and lots of different clouds in the sky can be found here.


HDR Labs SIBL Archive
A really nice collection of HDRIs shot in various outdoor and indoor locations and sun setups...


HDRI Skies
Quite some collection of outdoor skies. The smaller versions of the HDRIs at around 2048 x 1024 pixel are free, the really high res version is 15 Dollars, but you probably don't need a resolution that high.






Models
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Blendswap
The number 1 3d model exchange. Upload your own models, chose your license or just grab some cool models from blendwap. Most models you get there are free for everything including commercial use, but not all are CC0. You need an account at blendswap to start getting your free models, but it is totally worth it.


Archive 3D
Geared towards general 3D use you get *.3ds files and *.gsm files. The native blender files are *.blend, but blender can of course open these files.
Blender 2.79 can open Autodesk *.3ds files with the on-board addon "Autodesk 3DS format", which you just have to enable before using it. Just save that file as a *.blend file and you can open it with blender 2.80. The addon will surely be updated to work with 2.80, but it is probably not the top priority for the awesome 2.80 version of blender to open autodesk files...


Free 3D
Free 3D offers, like the name suggests already, lots of free 3D models for every 3D application, not only blender. Some models might have a non commercial license, so you can't use the models in a game and sell this, but you can give the game away for free or use the models in every personal project you like!
The models are sorted by various categories, such as architecture, vehicles, anatomy, flying vehicles, furniture, Scifi things, animals, plants, weapons, sports and foods.


The Mantissa Resources
The Mantissa Resources are great. You can find 10 8K Landscapes you just plug into a displacement modifier on a simple but very subdivided plane in blender and have a great mountain range in no time. Because of the huge details in all these 8K maps this is a 5Gig Download for all 10. 10 photoscanned fruits can be found here and look very good, as do the 11 bread models you can put on the table for every archvis render. Very recommended to check out.
Other than that you can find lots of tree models of varying quality here and the outcomes of the 36 days of type challenge with lots of interesting techniques to study for every letter.


NASA 3D Models
Almost all rovers and spacecrafts NASA ever did build available for you to play around with for all your SciFi scenes and scientific visualisations.
Really a huge collection.




Turbosquid Free Models
Turbosquid has really a lot of models and resources, and they offer some of them for free. Follow this link and you get the search results on Turbosquid already sorted by free blender models. But you need a free account on Turbosquid to download the free models from them because of course they want you to buy some models later...
As of writing this there are almost 3000 free models to be found there. Check out the earth, completely textured and with an emission texture for lights on the shadow side.


The Models Ressource
On the Models Ressource you find a lot of models ripped from videogames. You can find characters, the hero and villain and also environment models. You can submit your own rips too.
These models are great to have fun with, but be careful what you do with the models and what and how you release your outcomes. These models are intellectual property of game studios and some studios just do not like it when you do crap with their copyrighted material, no matter if you use open source software or not...





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