Freebies: 3D Workflow Tools Roundup
Download 3D workflow tools to help you work faster and more efficiently with your 3D program of choice. And, of course, they’re all free! (And, yes, we know it’s not Friday, but don’t we wish it were always Friday?!)
Multilight lets you change the lighting on renders from MXI Maxwell files without the need to rerender! Indeed, that will save TONS of time! In addition, download several demo files so that you can try them yourself.
Required Software: Maxwell for any host
Independent scene editor with a fully 3D environment
Maxwell Studio is a sophisticated independent scene editor with a full 3D environment, offering an alternative workflow for those Maxwell Render users that work with 3D or CAD applications for which there are no Maxwell plugins.
Maxwell is all about quality. Period. This has been our sacred mantra for almost 15 years of development. Our secret sauce is a physically correct unbiased spectral engine, which produces not only beautiful images but also lighting-accurate simulations. In fact, many consider Maxwell the ground truth in rendering and CGI production. We strive to inspire others, and you inspire us when you use Maxwell.
NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter
The NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter lets users export highly compressed texture files to save space and memory.
Required software: There is a standalone application, as well as a Photoshop plugin. They even have a legacy version for Photoshop 5.0 to CS6. Scroll to the bottom of the page for that.
This exporter combines four texture tools in a single plugin and standalone application, including flexible and powerful support for cube maps, mipmaps, normal maps, transparency, and more than 130 import formats. A new compression preview pane allows you to see how your image will be compressed in real-time, without having to write to disk.
Did you know that we sell some NVIDIA graphics cards?
Sitni Sati ScatterVL Pro
ScatterVL Pro is a freeware volumetric light shader plugin for 3ds Max.
Required software: 3ds Max
One of the Fastest and Most Flexible CG Fluid Dynamics Simulation Systems Available
FumeFX is a powerful fluid dynamics plugin-in for Autodesk 3ds max, designed for simulation and rendering of realistic fire, smoke, explosions, and other gaseous phenomena. Unrivaled in its ability to capture the subtlety and complexity of fluid gas behavior it is favored among visual effects artists, game developers, visualization professionals and everyone else who demand the utmost in realism.
Normal Map and Texture Generator
With these two tools from Christian Petry, create normal maps for free and create your own textures.
Required software: Just a browser
Free ZBrush© plugins and Scripts
FJTools is a free ZBrush plugin from Florian Jonas that works with ZBrush 2019, 2020, and 2021. There are also two scripts available for merging and deleting in ZBrush. These are on GumRoad so just enter $0 into the price.
Below, a video about FJTools.
The All-In-One Digital Sculpting Solution Designed for the Pursuit of Art
Houdini Engine for Unreal and Unity
Earlier this year, SideFX made the Houdini engine commercially free for UE4 and Unity.
Through the power of Houdini Engine, procedural tools and assets built in Houdini with custom-tailored interfaces can be brought into UE4 and Unity, and used by game artists whether they know Houdini or not. Houdini Engine does the processing work on the assets, and delivers the results back to the editor. These procedural assets work within the editor for content creation and are baked out before going to runtime.
Houdini Engine for Unreal
Houdini Engine for Unity
Posted by Michele Yamazaki