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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 of commercial resources you can buy from blender market and gumroad, these sites have a good search functionality to browse them and find exactly what you are searching for but for a price. There are some free ressource hidden within the paid ones, on both blender market and gumroad so use these too to gather assetts to make your blender artworks. But for this page and the links on this page we want to keep it all free.

Take your time and read the intro paragraph to all the sections in this hand curated list, especially if you are just starting out with blender. The info is very compressed already and hopefully good...

Feel free to use the contact form to submit some more links or just go back to the general Links page!




Materials

PBR TEXTURES

For good, convincing realistic objects in your 3D renders you need good Physically based rendering Materials with bumpmaps and roughness maps, not just plain color image textures. The extra texture maps add so much more to your final render than a plain, wallpaper like texture. As the best things in life are free, please 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. In case you don't want a subscription for Substance Designer or just prefer free and open source software, fear not, there are a bunch of open source alternatives to Substance Designer, make sure to check out the Free PBR Software Chapter for a collection of most if not all of the free alternatives to Substance Designer.

These following 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

3dassets.one
3d Assets . one, formerly Textures.one, is a crawler that checks most of the texture ressource listed below this entry for what you type into the search bar. This can give you lots of great results, try it. Otherwise you have to browse all these useful pages listed below manually, but on the source pages the textures are categorized and you will find more textures than with a single search phrase. And directly on the texture pages you can find even more great textures you were not even looking for and get inspired ...


3D Textures
a 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 in substance player and have almost unlimited variations and render in all resolutions you need. 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
another 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.


Texture Box
A huge collection of free PBR Textures with some patreon exclusives mixed into them to make you support the page on patreon. This is how this page is financed.


Poliigon
Poliigon is a huge shop for a lot of very good PBR textures and some of them are free. This link leads you to exactly these few but good free PBR textures on Poliigon. If you like it, support the blender guru and buy some textures or other assetts.


Public Domain Textures
another great and ever growing collection of free PBR textures sorted by 16 categories with some really great version available. All materials offered there are free forever, also for commercial projects, and released under the very free CC0 license.



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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EEVEE Comics Shader
For NPR (Non Photorealist Rendering) of your models there are lots of possibilities and I hope to gather some more great NPR shaders here. NPR is mostly about toon shaders, cel shading or halftone shaders. So please check out the EEVEE Comics Shader by Paul Caggegi (previously EEVEE Toon Shader). It gives flat color shading to your meshes and adds an outline to make it look like straight out of a comic book (or better: YOUR comic book) with few colors and a hard outline.


outlinehelper
For NPR (Non Photorealist Rendering) of your models it adds an outline to everything and over everything. This is not only a shader but Feline made it an addon that works with the push of a button and adds an outline in cycles and EEVEE and lets you tweak the outline.


Interiors for Buildings
A parallax shader that displays a random interior on a cube. You can use this to make buildings a lot more interesting and realistic! You can now see rooms behind the windows with a few clicks. Totally Hightech.


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.



ies library
IES Files are descriptions of how lightsources distribute light into the room so interior architects can render their ideas with the correct lighting depending on what lamp is used. This is kind of a texture for the shape of the lightsource. And the library is huge. Every tutorial explaining IES files and how to use these links to ies library, if not, don't trust it :)


Glitch Node
Darkfall offers a great Glitch node. This is actually no real shader node but a node used during compositing your final video (but where else in this list should this be put?). You can add cool colorful glitch and aberration effects. It comes with a scanlines node that you can just overlay over your video for a cool effect or you use the scanlines to distort the video. Or you use some other video or animated texture (or similar) in black and white to drive the distortion, whatever you do, have fun. There are even more compositing efffects to be found on the darkfall website but the glitch node is the best of the pack!




 Free software to create PBR Textures
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This is quite a huge list, but no worries, you don't need all of these programs to create your own PBR materials, they are just listed for the sake of completeness in an order of usefulness, so one of the first 2 entries should make you happy. If not, dig deeper.
And just to bring this to your attention, the last entry in the list is an alternative to Substance Painter, rather than an alternative to Substance Designer. You use it to paint and stamp your PBR materials onto a mesh exactly the way you want.


Material Maker.
Material Maker has a node system for procedural generation just like Substance Designer but with less nodes and basic forms to chose from, but this will get better over time. The developers are actually actively asking for feedback and suggestions for exactly this for newer versions. And in the meantime you can use SVGs to create forms. Material Maker is free and open source and coded in the also free godot engine. The Software is available for Windows and Linux.



Texgraph.
Texgraph wants to do the same as Material Maker above does, but is in an earlier stage of development, it is still in beta stage. You can use Texgraph to generate procedural patterns and mix and overlay these with nodes just like in substance and materialmaker to create all needed textures for PBR materials but like in a version with less options...
Texgraph runs on windows only by now.



Materialize.
Materialize is a program written in the game engine Unity. Not a lot of nodes can be found in Materialize but you can use materialize to create roughness maps and metalness maps and bumpmaps from images, mostly photographs. The results are very good for not fiddeling around with any nodes at all.
This is more an alternative to Crazy Bump than to Substance Designer, but it is free and you did read it already anyways...



Neo Texture Edit.
Neotexture Edit lets you generate textures with procedural generators and with lots of filters you can influence to outcome. On their website it says Its main purpose is to produce high quality textures for real time rendering applications that can be stored in a few kB and synthesized on application startup.



Pixaflux.
Pixaflux helps you when creating bumpmaps and normalmaps and textures.






Armor Paint.
Armor paint is the most advanced open source clone of Substance Painter (not substance designer), but it is not as advanced and filled with features like Substance Designer. But for that it is free and useful. And it works within blender. You can import models from all kind of 3D software, also blender, and paint textures on them inside the program but don't expect all the features from commercial software. You can use nodes to tweak the textures.
The whole armor paint software is based on the armory engine, which also runs Armory 3D, a complete game engine integrated into blender as a plugin!





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...

Also in november 2019 a community activity called Nodevember was running. Blender users made all kind of really mindbogglingly awesome procedural textures to some specific themes, see the nodevember page for all 30 themes. Then you can search twitter with the tag #nodevember2019 and the material from the list you want to check out. Most of them are shared for free by the creator others are bundled and put on gumroad for a cheap price. It it well worth downloading some of them and learn from (or be overwhelmed by the insane size of) the nodetree. And you can use these materials in your renders.


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!


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 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!


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 procedural 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.


SPECIFIC USE Procedural Textures
The links before this are collections of procedural Blender textures made by a single person or collected by a single person. In this list you find highlights from collections of procedural textures for a specific material or links to materials by a blender user that made only one material. Enjoy what is there...

  • Mask Shader for wear and tear
    A very powerful and customizable shader you can use as a mask to mix 2 materials like bare concrete and tiles over it or a normal metal with a rust material. It has procedural scratches, corner detection and masking it and running down lines for more realistic rust or whatever you come up with.

  • Procedural Hexagon Pattern
    Made from pure math you can scale the hex pattern and change the size of each hex within its tile. Very useful to control other textures with and to make futuristic scifi cyberpunk clothing and props. Or honeycombs...
    There is also a paid version available with a lot more functionality, but somehow gumroad does not allow you to browse the author of the addon and this list is for free goodies...

  • Ubermapping Node - randomize seamless PBR textures
    This is made by Andrew Price aka the Blender Guru. And what it does is, when you have a seamless tiles PBR texture applied to a ground plane for example and zoom out far enough you can still see a repeating pattern and this kills the illusion of it being natural. This node lets you control the rotation of all instances of the single texture image, well, you control a randomness factor of the rotation of all instances and this makes the repeating pattern seem like some kind of endless non repeating natural pattern.
    You use it by appending the only nodetree in the file, and add it in the shader editor by adding a new group and select the ubermapping group. You put that node between the Texture coordinate and the image textures (where normally the mapping node would be) and connect it from the UV of the texture coordinate node.
    And then play around with the Mosaic sliders until you like the result!
    As nothing comes for free, a downside is, this nodegroup now creates seams in the pattern, but with some tweaking of the mosaic sliders you can mask these pretty well, also you use this ubermapping node mostly when zooming far out or scaling the texture very small, so the normally repeating pattern is more obvious to the human eye than then new appearing seam.






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.
And just support the creators of the HDRIs when you use a lot from one single source.

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.




• Backdrops
Once you have your HDRI set up and modeled your scene and your horizon looks a bit empty and unnatural and distorted you might want to put some tree lines there. just images as planes in the distance with images of trees and transparency where the sky would be. Some mountains would also fit, or some houses, but for now here is a list of already cut out treelines.

  • Backdrop Treelines
    As the name implies, you will find exactly treeline backdrops on that page with trees of all kinds and within all kinds of seasons.
  • trees and treelines at Eisklotz
    Already mentioned above as a source for HDRIs, you can also find cut out trees and treelines on Eisklotz. Also some palm trees.







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.


Thingiverse
Everything popular that ever existed can be found on Thingiverse. From bandlogos to action figures to complete sets of parts to build tools or toys for 3D printing. A very recommended site both for getting models for your 3D scenes and for 3D printing.


3dhdscan @ sketchfab
User 3dhdscan offers a huge range of varied HD scans of objects made from a ton of single images. And the best thing about that is, that they are all released under a very free CC license.


cc0 cultural heritage models @ sketchfab
Sketchfab now offers a huge library of various cultural objects that would count as cultural heritage as 3d Models with texture under the CC0 license . This is very generous and makes it easy for you to put all kinds of treasures from the history of mankind into your blender scenes.


lots of 3D Scans @ the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian generously offers a great range of 3d Scanned objects, ranging from natural elements like corals and mammuth bones to rockets and other spacecrafts by NASA to ancient statue scans and old technology. It is probably best to hit the link for the collections on the overview page linked above and browse the collections according to what model you are searching for.


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.


Free Starwars Models
Videocopilot released a lot of models when the new batch of Star Wars Films started coming out.
Please note the files are not .blend files but .OBJ with DDS Textures and optional JPG files!
The models included are: Tie Fighter, Imperial Corridor Pieces, Luke Saber, Obi-Wan Saber, Darth Vader Saber, R2-Unit, BB-Unit, X-Wing & Tatooine Moisture Vaporator


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.


3dsky Free Models
3dsky offers a lot of furniture models and also has a lot of free models to offer. Very useful to fill the rooms for your archvis renders with some things and also things to put on things, like, vases to put on cupboards...


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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