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Game graphics; Programs, models, textures and fonts
Topic Started: Apr 10 2005, 05:52 PM (14,392 Views)
Mike
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Heres Your One Top Stop for all your graphical needs ^_^

GeoNeo just posted this link to a great list of different programs to create resources for 2D and 3D games. Don't miss it ;) .
Model Programs
Anim8or its freeware and i first learned to model with it thanks to Dr. Best.
Blender3D a great open source modelling program
AC3D a great modelling program but only free to try.
Aztec A great freeware that's able to export animated MD2 files and many other file formats.
Milkshape 3D Its Payware i have got it registered and its very useful for converting models.
3DS Max Its Payware but very good, i have used it before and i like it.
GMax A free version of 3DS Max. Unfortunately it can export only GMAX and P3D files and I couldn't find a converter for those filetypes.
Deled A modelling program with a free lite version. Thanks to 57E for the link.
Google Sketchup This may be the most interesting modelling program I've ever seen. You could call it the absolute opposite of Anim8or, that's why I don't like it ^_^ . It isn't freeware but there's a trial so you may want to check it out.
A MD2 Import- and export plugin for 3DS Max (posted by Game genius)
UV Mapper - A useful tool for UV mapping. The Classic version is free of purchase. Thanks to Zelda4evr for this link.

Models
3D Cafe Loads of Models.Just Click on Free Stuff
Turbo Squid Loads of Models.Free and some not.
Polycount Loads of MD2 Models.

Textures
3D Cafe Loads of Textures.Just Click on Free Stuff
Turbo Squid Loads of Textures.Free and some not.
Textures Good site arranged into Order.
Arroway A site with many really good and mostly free textures. Thanks to Despellanion for this link.
Image after A collection of pictures and textures. Thanks to Sherif.
cgtextures.com 20.000+ Textures online, all quotas doubled until the end of 2007!

Shader development
SolidShaderTool: This is a free tool to create shaders for Direct3D 8.1. It works flawlessly with Ultimate 3D and comes with many example shaders to learn from. You can create your shaders in an environment with a nice GUI and see the result immediately. Everybody who wants to learn how to make shaders should have a look at this.

Sounds
3D Cafe Loads of Sounds.Just Click on Free Stuff
Flashkit offers many sound loops (thx to voltcorp).
Altavista search Engine A great Search Engine for Audio

Fonts
1001 Fonts Great Font Site.I use it all the time!
Google Just type in "Fonts" and theres loads of stuff
Da Font Great Fonts,Loads Of Famous Ones too!

Graphics editing software
The Gimp - An amazing open source image manipulation software. It is very similar to Photoshop and can match with it for sure. A modification with a GUI that's more like the GUI of Photoshop can be found at GimpShop.com.

Terrain creation software
Terragen - Free terrain and sky cube editor with very decent renderer.
World Machine - Another useful free terrain editing software.
Terranim8or - A nice tool to create terrain models. To get a description of how to create height maps that can be used by the terrain renderer of Ultimate 3D have a look at this post by The eleventh plague of Egypt.
Earth Sculptor - The only purpose of this program is creating cool terrains with texture splatting. Since it exports height maps and alpha maps it's perfect for being used with the terrain renderer of Ultimate 3D. It's very user-friendly through it's what you see is what you get editor.
L3DT - A complex terrain generation, modification and editing software. It can automatically generate terrains from given information and they can be modified by the user in any imaginable way. Despite it has a decent renderer and is fully compatible with Ultimate 3D. Thanks go to Ruud v A for this cool link.

Reference images for modelers:
The-Blueprints.com - Tons of free reference images. Thanks to silverfire56 for this link.
3D.sk - Many reference images for modelers, but most of them not free. Thanks to sherif for this link.
CharacterDesigns.com - Some good reference images for modelers. Thanks go to skarik for the link. (Mild nudity)

Misc software
MaPZone Great texture creation software where you can import your models to visualize the texture on the model while you are editing the texture. 100% free!

Got anything else to add?Pm me! :U3D:

The following quote is another link list added by Sherif:[/big][/big]
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http://www.3dm3.com/ some free stuff (after registration)


http://www.3dcadbrowser.com/
3D CAD Browser is the online 3D CAD models exchange system. On this web site you can download high-quality 3D models and upload yours for the exchange.
More than 4800 models are available for download right now in many different 3D file formats like .3ds, .dxf, .dwg, .obj, .lwo, .iges and other

http://www.3d02.com/main/home_01.asp model store

http://www.3dlinks.com/links.cfm?categoryi...ubcategoryid=91
some free stuff tutorials plugins....

http://www.artzend.com/3D%20Programs.htm some links for freeware 3d programs

textures :
http://www.mayang.com/textures/
over 3000 free to download, free to use, high-resolution textures.

http://www.vb3d.com/Textures.html

http://textures.forrest.cz/
there are some with a copyright!!!!!!!

http://www.freefoto.com/browse.jsp?id=99-02-0
images are free for Private Non Commercial Use!!!

thats enough for the moment :P
Edited by Dr. Best, Jul 18 2009, 11:45 AM.
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thx i was looking for those informations for years. thx very much.

Life still goes on, don't lose it till it is gone.
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Your Very Welcome
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great info :D does anybody know if aztec its able to export to 3ds.
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Yes it is. But it can't export animated 3ds files.
But it can export animated MD2s which are also supported by Ultimate3D.
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thanks btw do you know if aztec is easy to learn like anim8or is
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No, I don't know.
I just downloaded it and checked whether it supports animated MD2 files.
But it looks more complicate than Anim8or.
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Thanks for adding that script Dr. Best, I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

B.T.W., To use it all you have to do is export it to a File, and then click on that little hammer button in 3ds max, and then click that Run script button, and then you select the script, and then you run it. oh, and B.T.W., this is for max's 5, 6, and 7.

have fun.
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No time to login now, but the site http://www.flashkit.com , among all kinds of Flash resources, contains great sounds and music loops. :music:
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OK, as you can see I've added it.
thx for the link.
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any one know free mdx converter -> md2
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I would like to add a link to a very good texture site if that's OK: Arroway
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Thanks. This looks really nice. And they have height maps which will be very useful when U3D 2.0 is out :yahoo: .
I added it to the list.
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Model Program - Deled. Lite version is free to use.
www.delgine.com

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Thanks for the link. I've added it to the list.
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