Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Other - The Complete 3d link gallery

I would like to share with you some cool links about everything that has something to do with graphical design. Mostly with 3d modeling etc. This list is going to be huge, so I'll try to categorize everything so it'll be more easy to find something that is interested by you. I am not tested everything yet so you test it on your own risk. Also I am trying to focus on the things that are free. Just download and start playing stuff.

I am going to update this list every time when I found something from internet. You can also recommend some links to me.

Updated: 12.2.2011


Biosphere3D is an open source software project that targets interactive landscape rendering based on a virtual globe. It is scale independent and ranges from first-person view to globe view.

Maybe everyone who are reading my blog also knows something about blender, but if you don't, then its better to get aware about it.

So you are interested about modeling building and outerior scenes, or just designing your own home in the new way. Everything is possible to do accurate measurement.
Sketchup is really easy to use program for everyone.


Complete modeling/animation package for the GNU/Linux operating system.

Lego model making program.

3D Modeling with Silhouettes
Interesting silhuette modeling tool. I cant explain the idea shortly here, so you must click the link and visit their site to understand the main idea of this consept.

Lego digital designer
Create your own lego buildings and vehicles on your computer.

Misfit Model 3D

An OpenGL-based 3D model editor that works with triangle-based models. It supports multi-level undo, skeletal animations, simple texturing, command-line batch processing, and a plugin system for adding new model and image filters. Complete online help is included. The primary design goal is to be easy to use.

Java based 3d modeling program

With this easy to use tool you can fastly make your own creatures in 3d. Using this funny little program is almost like the same when you play with clay on the real world. If you like that, you'll like this program also.

is a general purpose Open Source 3D-modeler, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering,

An open source solid modeling tool


An open source software that provides a generic platform for Pre- and Post-Processing for numerical simulation. It is based on an open and flexible architecture made of reusable components.


MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes.
The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes.

3D modeling and animation tool for students.
Very powerful 3d-modeling and animation package. Includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.

Free, open source 3D and rendering studio. Includes many of the features that are well known on the commercial programs.

The Pure Perl RayCaster
Pure Perl RayCaster can load a 3D object from a file (RAW format), display the object in wireframe perspective view, allow you to orbit and zoom your camera and produce a user defined sized ray casting image of the current wireframe view in a predefined color theme with or without smooth shading.

Good modeling and texturing package for the game modelers.

BlenderPocket is a port of the famous Open Source 3D creation solution "Blender" dedicated for mobile devices (Phones, PDA, ...) having a touch screen, small amount of memory (RAM), a low speed processor (with no floating point unit) and no graphic unit (no hardware acceleration). BlenderPocket is working today on all mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 or newer but it should be "easy" to make it work on any other devices...


Ayam is a free 3D modelling environment for the RenderMan interface, distributed under the BSD licence. This means that neither the author nor any contributors make money out of this software.

Another program that can be used for modeling, texturing and animating your meshes.

3D-modeling and animating software for the dudes who wanna make quality content for their web sites.


OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite with a powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API.

Real time 3d modeling and animation tool with an intuitive drag and drop approach at modeling.
Modeling tools as deform, sculpt, and texture painting.

GDesign 2.0

2d / 3d cool application for windows.
Fully featured 3D package that lets you to model, light, texture, animate and render
your 3D content.

Subdivision modeler that also lets you to texture the static objects. No animation tools  included.

Nimbus Basic edition
Create amazing 3D scenes in less time with Nimbus software.

An easy way to make fastly but at the same time realistic human body mesh in 3d.

3D modeling and level designing editor that is focused at the game industry. Specifically good for static objects. Easy to learn user interface.

Fast organic modeling tool


The 3D modeler with the fastest, fully integrated ray-tracer.
No windows version awailable.


My3DEngine is a simple application for creating, editing and viewing 3D objects.

3D icon editor
RealWorld Icon Editor is a complete solution for icons and does not depend on other software to create icons with professional look and feel.

Terrain view lite

TerrainView-Lite is a Virtual Reality-based 3D GIS software solution which facilitates the interactive visualization of high-resolution 3D terrain and model data.

Draw3D is a freeware 3D modeller, for creating or modifying 3D objects using a mesh of 3D points.


Innovation3D is a 3D modeling program for Linux. It's primarily a mesh based modeler with preliminary support for NURBS.


We are the developer of 3d modeling and animation packages - like those used for special effects and movies today. There is one drawback, however, these tools can cost up to ,000. So what happens if you are bored one day and decide to make the next Shrek? Well here is where we come in, our tools are completely free, but just as good as the ones pros use. So it can't hurt to download our programs...

Based on the very popular 3D studio max. Modeling tool for the game developers.

3DS Max 6.0 (Discreet)
Commercial link.


SmoothTeddy is a simple 3D sketch-based modeling and painting software application. You can make rotund 3D models such as teddy bears quickly, and paint them in an integrated environment.


Hi-Speed Mesh Creation using Photographs!
3D Scanning Software, Model from Images.


An interactive shareware wireframe modeller for the PC platform, supporting POV-Ray 3.5.

Even 4D blue is under developement it sill is one of the good choices for modeling, animating and photorealistic rendering.
Terragen 2 is a powerful solution for rendering and animating realistic natural environments.

Another nice sculpting tool like sculptris.

Tree generators

Dryad lets you intuitively create beautiful trees for your virtual world or game.

Ivy Generator
Really good tree and plant generator. Must check!

The tree generator

Plant studio
PlantStudio Botanical Illustration Software is a tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations. PlantStudio simulates herbaceous (non-woody) plants like wildflowers and cut flowers, vegetables, weeds, grasses, and herbs using a parameter-driven simulation of plant growth and structure.

ngPlant is a plant modeling software suite. Designers can use interactive tool to create 3D models of different plants and trees. Software developers can use 3D API-independent library to use generated plant models in their 3D applications, or to create plant modeling plugins for different 3D modeling tools.

Virtual Bonsai

Virtual Bonsai allows you to grow virtual bonsai trees from the comfort of your personal computer.

Virtual Gardening

allows you to design your own personal virtual garden in stunning 3D graphics and then to simulate the growth of the trees in your garden with the passing of time.


Arbaro is an implementation of the tree generating algorithm described in Jason Weber & Joseph Penn: "Creation and Rendering of Realistic Trees".

OpenAlea is an open source project primarily aimed at the plant research community. It is a distributed collaborative effort to develop Python libraries and tools that address the needs of current and future works in Plant Architecture modeling. OpenAlea includes modules to analyse, visualize and model the functioning and growth of plant architecture.


2D tree generator. Easy and fast to use, but the results are sometimes amusing.

Texture and normal map tools

Amazing material genarating tool.

NVIDIA Melody creates high quality normal maps that make a low-poly model look like a high-poly model.

xNormal is an application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. It can also project the texture of the highpoly model into the lowpoly mesh ( complete texture transfer, even with different topologies

Light Map Maker is a power software tool that helps you to create compelling lighting effects.

GPU MeshMapper re-invents the process of generating maps (including normal, displacement, and ambient occlusion maps) for a low-resolution mesh based on the details from a high-resolution mesh.

DAZ Studio is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery. Easy to use.
powerful 3D modeler used for the creation and animation of characters. fragMOTION is intuitive and easy to use and contains many features that are only found in top of the line modelers. And if that's not enough for you, the event driven scripting system makes it a breeze for you to add your own features.


This program supports 586 different 3d-formats. If you can't convert it with this, then maybe you can't convert it.


DrQueue is a powerful open source distributed render farm manager, used for a range of applications across the visual effects industry and for general batch processing jobs in science, engineering and finance. DrQueue is licensed under GNU GPL Version 3.


OpenEXR is a high dynamic-range (HDR) image file format developed by Industrial Light & Magic for use in computer imaging applications.
OpenEXR is used by ILM on all motion pictures currently in production. The first movies to employ OpenEXR were Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Men in Black II, Gangs of New York, and Signs. Since then, OpenEXR has become ILM's main image file format.

is a brand new dynamics solver which allows for the creation of fractures as well as massive rigid bodies simulations. By using its technology digital artists are able to simulate fast and easily scenes made of thousands of objects and collapse buildings, bridges or any kind of brittle material.

Camera tracking program

Camera tracking program

Sweet home
Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview.


PoseRay is an utility to convert 3D model meshes into POV-Ray scenes, Moray UDO files or Kerkythea meshes.
PoseRay can also edit the materials and act as a simple transformation tool for the geometry. PoseRay can also export the modified model to wavefront (OBJ) format for use in other 3D programs.

GLC_Player is an Open Source software used to view 3d models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF COFF Format) and to navigate easily in these models. With the album management, capture and multi-capture capabilities

Fractal tools


Fractint is a freeware fractal generator created for IBMPC's and compatible computers. It is the most versatile and extensive fractal program available for any price.

Really amazing 3d fractals can be animated with this program.

Apophysis is a cool freeware fractal flame editor for windows.

Chaoscope is a freeware 3D strange attractors rendering software for windows operating system.

Video tools


Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.

Zwei-Stein 3.01 is a freeware non-linear, non-destructive video compositing and editing system which offers many advanced features unavailable elsewhere.


ZS4 Video Editor can be used like an object oriented photo-manipulation program with a timeline: things that can be manipulated in a photo (workshop) program can be manipulated in ZS4 using parameters which alter over time.


VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).  It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.

It is a great tool to work with .AVI files. Regardless of small executable size, this avi editor offers you unlimited power of digital video processing. Some high-tech tricks included into AVIedit allows you to perform with ease and fun the many interesting things, like video warping, color restore, noise reduction and so on...

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.

DDClip free
Free version of DDClip pro

Open movie editor

Open Movie Editor is a free and open source video editing program, designed for basic movie making capabilities. It aims to be powerful enough for the amateur movie artist, yet easy to use.

2d tools

Alchemy is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process.


Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:
Create complete or partial screenshots quickly. Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot. Send the screenshot to a file, the clipboard, a printer or as e-mail attachment.


MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

Free CAD software* available for Windows®, Mac® and Linux®**. A new 2D CAD product that provides professional CAD users, students and educators with a better way to create, edit and view DWG files.

Heekscad is a free open source CAD program.

Package of eight free online based applications.  Package contains: Image editor, screen capturing tool, that helps you to take full screenshots from the web pages, vector editor, image markup, effects editor, color swatch editor, music creator and audio editor.

2d easy to use cad tool.


QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions (2d). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams.

How to Draw What You See (Practical Art Books)
Commercial link

Harry Storbacka's Digital Artist
that helps you to draw in correct perspective your drawings.

If you dont know Gimp, you have a life, or you must get a life. I don't know which one is better. Gimp is good open source 2d photo retouching and manipulation tool.

Cool online drawing program


Inkscape is a vector drawing tool. And a really good one.

Online Photo editor

Another web-based drawing tool

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows.

Sumo paint
Its like photoshop, but you can use it with your internet browser.

Innovative online html5 sketching program.

Image analyzer
Photo analyzing and editing program with some really serious features. Like
Deconvolution for out-of-focus and motion blur compensation


Kerkythea rendering system
Kerkythea is a standalone renderer, using physically accurate materials and lights, aiming for the best quality rendering in the most efficient timeframe. The target of Kerkythea is to simplify the task of quality rendering by providing the necessary tools to automate scene setup, such as staging using the GL real-time viewer, material editor, general/render settings editors, etc., under a common interface.

Freestyle is a software for Non-Photorealistic Line Drawing rendering from 3D scenes.

Sunflow is an open source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis. It is written in Java and built around a flexible ray tracing core and an extensible object-oriented design.

3Delight is a fast, high quality, RenderMan®-compliant renderer designed to produce photo-realistic images in demanding production environments. The renderer was introduced to the public in the year 2000 after being used for more than a year as the sole renderer in a sister production company. It is now widely used and earning a reputation as a benchmark in rendering technology.

Virtual Light
new, free rendering tool. It supports radiosity, caustics and sky sphere lighting. It is a "global illumination renderer".

Aqsis Renderer
Open source 3D rendering solution adhering to the RenderMan standard

high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.

YASRT is a stochastic raytracer. It stands for Yet Another Simple RayTracer.

free open-source raytracing engine. Raytracing is a rendering technique for generating realistic images by tracing the path of light through a 3D scene

LuxRender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, thus producing realistic images of photographic quality.

RenderPark is a test-bed system for physically based photo-realistic image synthesis. It's a free software package providing a solid implementation of a wide variety of state-of-the-art ray-tracing and radiosity algorithms.


With it, you can automatically create entire, three-dimensional modern cities in a matter of seconds by adjusting various parameters, such as city size and complexity, rather than creating each building, each street, and each texture manually.

Blender plugins
Huge collection of python scripts.

Here is nice collection of blender importer / exporter blugins.

A sequence plugin to create a 'warped air' effect. Very useful for things like The Matrix style bullet trails or heat waves.
Pixelize plugin
A sequence plugin to pixelize the image. You can control both pixel width and height. Pixel size can also be animated.
This script could make realistic fake volumetric clouds.

The script that could make randomly huge dungeon levels.

Generate mushrooms.

Plugin for max that could simulate cloths.


Great collection of tutorials about nearly everything.

Another nice collection.

Check it out.

Tutorials for various 3d-programs.

rain, snow, lighting, buddles, heat distortion

High rise building and kitchen.

Big collection of Blender tutorials.

Few really good tutorials.

Really good after effects tutorials. Actually I hope that all of the video tutorials would be like their. So check it out.

Tutorials for video software

Tutorials for various 3d programs.

Some really nice ones for blender.

The users can themself write and add the tutorials to this huge blender community forum.

Comment: If you know some of programs or tutorials that are not listed on here and you think that they should be, then please just tell me and I will add them.

Or if you dont somehow like that your program is in this list, you can ask me to remove it and i will do it as fast I can.


  1. Wow! Cool blog. May I ask, is that you in you rporfile picture? And, if so, why are you wearing a hood?


  2. Thank you! :) It is me in the picture. The hood was because we were just taking weird photos with my friend from each other. :P

  3. A couple of free 3D tools you have missed- BrlCAD (www.brlcad.org) and Salome (www.salome-platform.org. More for the engineering user than the artist, but both are quite easy to use...

  4. Thank you. These programs will be added.


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