Tutorials

Modeling & Rendering

Flying Architecture

Free tutorials mainly for modeling and rendering in Vray and Rhino.

Evermotion

Tons of great user submitted tutorials on a wide variety of topics.  Mainly for polygonal modeling.

Blender Guru

Great for all lessons on rendering theory and concepts.

Eye Desyn

Great tutorials for Cinema 4D.

Polycount

Lessons ranging from concepts fundamentals to specific software tutorials.

Aversis

Rendering tutorials for both 3DS Max and Rhino.

Autodesk AREA

Autodesk's database of tutorials for their products and 3rd party plugins, allows you to search by software.

Viscorbel

Great tutorials covering a wide range of topics, mostly for 3DS Max and Vray.

TurboTips

TurboSquid's great collection of lessons for Vray materials set up as well as good modeling practices.

Arimus 3D

Excellent designer in 3DS Max, mostly weapons and concept art.

Doan Nguyen

Youtube channel with great tutorials for Marvelous Designer (downside: he doesn't narrate the tutorials all the time and he plays bad music instead)

Video Editing & Motion

Video Copilot

Tutorials for After Effects and Premiere.

Motion Squared

Modeling and motion graphics in Cinema 4D and After Effects.

Mt. Mograph

Great tutorials on motion graphics in After Effects and occasionally Cinema 4D.

Algorithmic Design

Grasshopper

Vimeo page to get the basics down for using Grasshopper in Rhino.

Algorithmic Design

Sample projects with code used to create algorithmic designs via Python in Rhino.

Christopher Whitelaw 

Professor from Pratt University with tons of tutorials on Algorithmic design via Grasshopper in Rhino.

AltV

Great tutorial library for small projects in Grasshopper, includes project files.

Digital Painting

CtrlPaint

Library of free videos to take you from beginner to expert.

Premium Tutorial Websites

Digital Tutors

One of the best if not the best tutorial site for creatives.  Tutorials on over 100 softwares complete with project files.  Worth the money if you use it consistently.

Skillshare

Workshop style classes on a wide variety of topics from logo design to rendering.  Anyone can teach a class as well. Membership is around $10 a month.

 

3D Models

FREE

Archive 3d 

Mostly .3ds files and some .obj, best for Max users.

Archmodels v. 152

Premium lighting ffixtures from Evermotion.

Free 3D Base 

Mostly .3ds and .obj, all textured.

3D Mdb 

Paid and unpaid models.

Viz People 

Free section of the website, has models, textures, and images.

STL Finder 

Mostly for 3D printable models, but has wide range of .stl models.

TF3DM 

Free models, allows you to sort which file type you want.

Turbosquid

Large selection of free and paid models.

GrabCAD 

Best resource Solidworks and Rhino users, boasts over 1 million models.

PAID

Flying Architecture 

Premium models, a little overpirced.

Evermotion 

Very high quality and expensive model packs.

Materials

Cinema 4D

C4d Materials

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Resources

Textures

textures.com 

An immense library of textures that are well organized and it has a great search function, this is always my first choice.

wildtextures.com 

Good high quality textures, but lacks a good search function.

Architextures 

Small library of building materials as well as some cutouts of people.

DIY

Taking your own pictures of textures is a great way to get hard to find textures onto your model, below are a few tutorials to help you get the picture just right.

Digital Tutors

Tuts Plus

Lessons

TurboTips

In depth explanation of all Vray material channels.

Software

MODELING

Rendering

Arnold

Unbiased, physically based renderer, makes heavy use of instancing to optimie render times. Plugin for Maya, Cinema, Houdini.

Corona

Unbiased and biased rendering, boasts a simple and easy to learn interface. Plugin for 3DS Max and Cinema.

Keyshot

One of the most user friendly rendering softwares, gives quick results and has an extensive built in library. Standalone

Maxwell

Unbiased renderer, Standalone software but compatible with hair systems.  Multilight feature allows precise lighting adjustments in real time.

Octane

Real-time unbiased renderer, GPU accelerated for faster renders. Standalone or plugin for many CAD softwares. (free student versions)

Redshift

Unbiased GPU renderer with advanced instancing for some of the fastest renders possible. Plugin for Maya and 3DS Max

Vray

Biased render engine available as a plugin for a wide variety of CAD programs. Large user base with a lot of support.

Material Creation

Crazy Bump

It doesn't get much easier than this. just drop in a picture and with some tweaks you can easily output Diffuse, Normal, Displacement, Specular, and AO.

Substance Designer

Node based material creation, highly customizeable with tons of great tools.  Allows you to make quick changes to any part of your material.

Substance Painter

3D painting directly onto your model with preloaded materials as well as smart materials to create effects like edge wear, oil drips, and dust.

Quixel Suite

3D painting software operates inside of Photoshop. Uses highly realistic scan-based materials with a huge library.

Simulation/Dynamics

Bitfrost

Maya plugin that creates procedural liquids able to be controlled with a number of emitters and effectors.

Xgen

May and 3DS Max plugin for geometry instancing. capable of instancing hair, grass, trees, bricks or just about anything.

Itoo

Plugin for 3DS Max, Forest Pack allows scattering of trees and entire ecosystems across a scene, Rail Cloe allows controlled instancing along splines and geometry.

Realflow

Fluid dynamics simulation, available as a plugin for multiple 3D modeling programs.  Has advance controls and presets for viscosity and flow of liquids.

Vue Xstream

Complete toolset for creating and rendering environments.  Capable of creating skies, forests and landscapes. Standalone as well as plugin support.

 

Vray

MATERIALS

vray-materials.de 

Largest library of Vray materials, mostly .mat files for 3DS MAx and Maya.

flyingarchitecture.com

Great structural materials as well as fabrics.

vrayforc4d.net

If you use C4D, these downloads have scene files that contain the materials.

vray-maya-materials.com 

Gives you Maya scene files that contain the materials.

vismats.com 

Large library of all .vismat materials that can only be used in Sketchup and Rhino.

Art Center

Huge collection of materials by Emil Mertzel, all .vismat format for Rhino and Sketchup.

vraymaterials.co.uk

Materials for both 3DS and Maya.

chaosgroup.com 

Used to have hundreds of great materials for download, but they have been removed, may return in the future.

TUTORIALS

Vray for Rhinoceros:

Christopher Mcadams' Youtube Channel

Emil Mertzel's resources page

Flying Architecture's tutorials cover modeling and rendering in Rhino

Users Manual 

Vray for 3DS Max:

Evermotion 

Tutorials posted by users, some videos and some step-by-step.

Denis Keman's

Youtube channel with tons of tutorials on Vray and even a 7 part beginner series.

Aversis

Rendering tutorials for both 3DS Max and Rhino

chaosgroup.com

easily understandable explanations for all Vray settings.

TurboTips

In depth explanation of all Vray material channels for both 3DS and Rhino.

Keyshot

PLUGINS

Keyshot's website has plugins for most software that will really improve your workflow

TUTORIALS

Keyshot's Youtube channel is well organized with hundreds of videos

Lighting

HDRI Software

Keyshot's built in environment builder is a great tool for quick studio results.

HDR Light Studio

A step up from Keyshot's environment tools, extremely powerful and customizable HDR creation, available as a plugin for Keyshot, Rhino, 3DS and Maya or as a standalone.

Free Downloads (IES)

Mrcad

30 IES profiles for use in any software

Lithonia

Huge library of specific lighting profiles.  Everything from flood lights to fluorescent bulbs.

Free Downloads (HDRI)

Mr. Bluesummers

Free studio environments.

Redspec

Free studio environments.

Deviant Art, Devient Art 2

User ZBYG's studio environment packs.

HDRlib

All free environments, mostly outdoor.

Open Footage

HDRI's as well as stock video almost all free.

Evermotion

Free Skies ranging from day to night.

HDR Maps

Large selection, all outdoors.

Adaptive Samples

Free and paid HDRI's as well as tutorials for using HDRI's.

Maxime Roz

Free interior environments.

HDRI-Skies

Outdoor skies various weather settings.

Paid

CG Skies

Huge library of skies, some free.

HDR Maps

Mostly outdoor lighting.

News & Blogs

Fruende von Fruenden 

An international publication focusing on the lives and work of creative people, contains interviews, videos, and a podcast.

BOOOOOOOM 

Major blog for Canada's contemporary art and design scene.

The Method Case 

Blog that aims at showing the making of great products. Their goal is to spread knowledge of production methods to bridge the gap between those who design and those who make

It's Nice That

Magazine and blog who's goal it is to provide everyone with creative inspiration.

Arch Daily

Architecture blog that provides inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects and architecture enthusiasts.

Architecture Now

New Zealand architecture publication with interviews, opinions, and plenty of articles.

Design Milk

Online magazine dedicated to what's fresh in all areas of design and art.

Design Boom

Blog with articles, competitions and inspiration for all aspects of design.

Dezeen

Online magazine of curated product design, architecture, and interior design articles.

TurboSquid

Content for 3D artists or anyone using 3D modeling.

Inspiration

ART/ PHOTOGRAPHY

Paloma Rincon

Leta Sobierajski

Graphic designer and art director, known for her bizarre and attention grabbing compositions in photography.

Mària Švarbovà

Photographer from Slovakia, focuses her composition on minimalism and purity.

Cocolia

Creative studio in Barcelona, they have a number of elaborate personal projects.

Sebastian Weiss

Photographs unique European architecture, focusing on concrete structures.

The Met

Collection of sculpture and paintings at The Met museum in New York.

GRIN

Collection of historical images form NASA.

GRAPHIC DESIGN/ ILLUSTRATION

El Grand Comacho

Mexican designer and illustrator focusing on traditional Mexican themes.

The Rusted Pixel

Stylized digital artist, mainly working in Cinema 4D.

Querida

Graphic design studio based in Barcelona.

Juan Diaz-Faes

Illustrator from Spain, makes great patterns.

Peter Tarka

Excellent 3D illustrator.

Super Magic Friend

Design studio based in Mexico

The Rivalry

Design and Marketing studio.

Braenda

Web design and branding

Superfiction

3D and traditional illustration

The Dieline

Packaging blog

AIGA

American Institute of Graphic Arts'  blog " Eye on Design"

Tatchie Blois-Green

Rafael Kfouri

Beeple

Daily projects range from concept to motion and illustration

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

David Aquini

Fild

Dustin Borwn (of course)

Yonoh

Gerhardt Kellermann

Think & Shift

Hekla

Redo

Uncrate

Ligne Roset

1st Dibs

Upscale furniture seller.

Car blueprints

Mostly old cars and trucks reference images and bleprints.

ENVIRONMENT/ ARCHITECTURE

Olga Pochueva

Rostislav Nikolaev

Skyline Visualizations

Talcik & Demovicova

Constantine Rybkin

Tharik Mohammed

Gamma Studio

Tomorrow

Kashiwi Sato

Studio Mir

UrbEx Playground

Pictures of mostly old abandoned buildings

CONCEPT ART

Concept Ships

Feng Zhu

Daniel Simon

Conceptart.org

Fractal Sponge

Large library of Star Wars reference images.

History

German Soldiers of World War II

Book detailing uniforms of German soldiers in full color.

Other Resources

Reference Materials

The-blueprints.com

Best for transportation blueprints, also has phones, firearms and anatomy.

shipschematics.net

Schematics of sci-fi ships from various series (no Star Wars ships though).

IFIXIT

Has tech repair guides with loads of pictures of internals.

Mockups

Graphic Burger

Easy and free resource to put your design on everything from packaging to posters.

Video

Archive.org

New and historical footage, difficult to search the database.

Audio

Altitude Music

Instrumental songs sorted by mood, instrument, and genre.

Archive.org

Free audio including old radio broadcasts and news casts as well.

Fiverr

Hire someone for just 5$ to do a voice over in a video.