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Burning Question: What is a Greeble? Includes Lots of Freebies and Tutorials!

Burning Question: What is a Greeble? Includes Lots of Freebies and Tutorials!
Freebies, Tutorial, Burning Questions Dec 26, 2018 at 08:20 AM

Today we’re jumping in deep for Freebie Friday to the a fun and useful topic. Greebles. Greebles are really all about faking out your audience! It’s the small details that make something appear to be more complex than it actually is. Greebles are well known in video games and Sci-Fi tv and movies like Battle Star Galactica and Star Wars, where the term was coined. Here’s a bit more about Greebles and a Greeble tools for you to download.

Updated 28 December 2018 with information on Kuroyume Greebler and a new Extrudifier tool from Maxon Labs.

Some explanation of Greebles

Greebles, sometimes called nurnies, are the small details that you can see in the Death Star, spaceships, and cities, to make them look more complex than they really are. The idea is to add these details quickly and easily, without a lot of time-consuming work, so they're most often created with displacement, bump maps, or scripts. 

Awesome Greeble Tools

Kuroyume Greebler Plug-in for Cinema 4D

Kuroyume Greebler plug-in for Cinema 4D

Adding detail to 3D objects for enhancement of apparent size or realism is a time-consuming task. It is made easier if tools are available to reduce the workload and time involved. Greebler is that new tool for your arsenal. It provides support for multiprocessors, NET Render, selections, materials, and much more.

Updated 26 December 2018: Insydium has updated Bridge so that Greebler is now working in Cinema 4D R20. This has been verified that both the plugin works and older projects (R13+) load.

Note: You must have the Insydium Bridge plugin installed and place Greebler in the same folder as the Bridge plugin for this to work.

Kuroyume Greebler for Cinema 4D       Insydium Bridge

video copilot motion design packVideo Copilot Motion Design Pack I for Element 3D

200+ Abstract 3D Design Objects, HD Models in Multiple 3D Formats

A collection of 3D models, including 12 Greeble Models, that are ready to use inside your favorite 3D program including the powerful plug-in, Element 3D!

Get Motion Design Pack       Get Element 3D

 

Free Greeble Tools

Maxon Extrudifier

This is a Cinema 4D script from Maxon Labs, that generates random nested extrusions on your mesh. It creates a greebled look that is constructed entirely in Python code.

Get Extrudifier

See also: C4D Spotlight: Learning Python to Expand Cinema 4D

TJSpalcement - Greeble generator 8K res displacement maps

This one came to us via The Pixel Lab and is made with Javascript and is a pseudo-random 8K displacement map generator, created by Grigori Shevtsov.

Greeble for 3ds Max

A fun modifier plug-in useful for generating random detail for spaceship models, cityscapes, Death Stars… By Klanky The Robot, this one works in multiple versions of Max, including Max 2018.

Download Greeble (3ds Max Script)

Another tutorial for Greeble for 3ds Max.

Greeble Generator for Pixologic™ ZBrush® 4R7

Created by Glenn Patterson, who has a lot of ZBrush greeble related stuff!

Download here

Greeble Plug-in for Houdini

It appears that this was ported over from the Greeble plug-in for 3ds Max.

Download here

Download Free Greebles

There are a lot more freebies and tools out there than I have listed here but Google if you don't see what you need here.

Greeble Tutorials

After Effects and Cinema 4D: Greebler Scene Tutorial

A tutorial from VideoFort.

Solidify your Greeble

Glenn Patterson walks you through taking a simple Displacement Map and make it into a complex geometry in ZBrush 4R7.

How to Greeble a City

This is a 3ds Max tutorial by Johannes Schlörb and looks incredibly useful. Read the tutorial at 3Dtotal.

Build a Death Star Trench in Blender with Plating and Greeble Add-ons

Tech Greeble Generator - Substance Designer

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Matt Wesney's Substance Designer library and 50 free environment maps.

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