Welcome to the  SketchUpArtists resource section where you will find some great links for sites with tutorials and free resources which will help enhance your image editing skills and post-processing techniques. There are also some useful SketchUp ad-dons, unique free software, materials, 3D models  and other useful official SketchUp related off-site  links.

Official SketchUp Sites


Forums and Communities

Forums and Communities Non – English


Google SketchUp Plugins


Free Image Editing Software

  • Stable Diffusion – Image editing AI
  • Krea AI – for enhancing and upscaling with AI
  • normalmap –  GIMP plugin to convert images into RGB normal maps
  • Cinepaint – Easy to use and similar to Photoshop
  • Pixia – Painting and retouching software for full color graphics
  • ChocoFlop – Free image editing on your Mac
  • Paint.Net – Free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
  • FotoSketcher – FotoSketcher is a 100% free program which can help you convert your digital photos into art, automatically. If you want to turn a portrait, the photograph of your house or a beautiful landscape into a painting, a sketch or a drawing then look no further.
  • Gimp – The world famous free image editing software.
  • 3DPaysage – This free software creates 3D terrain (or something else) from a picture. The mesh can be exported to different formats including .obj.
  • FastStone – A collection of free image editing and viewing software.
  • Photoscape – Free photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

Free Vector Editing Software

  • Inkscape – Vector graphics editor with similar capabilities to professional pieces of software such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw and Xara X
  • Alchemy – Vector-based editing application that makes use of a handful of interesting features


Free 3D Models and Textures


Popular Photoshop sites with tutorials and freebies!!

  • PSD tuts+ – The mother of all PS sites for tuts and freebie
  • PSDFAN – New kid on the block, with great tutorials
  • PSHERO – Great set of unique tutorials and tips and tricks
  • PhotoshopStar – More tutorials and resources
  • Smashing apps – Free hand drawn style icons, brushes, textures and fonts


Brushes for  post-production work


Software and other free goodies!

  • Evermotion – Forum, tutorials and downloads
  • LuxRender – Free physically based and unbiased rendering engine
  • Kerkythea – Is a free standalone good quality renderer, using physically accurate materials and lights
  • Blender – Free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems
  • Artweaver Free – Free painting program which is suitable for beginners but also suitable for advanced users
  • Meshmixer – Free tool for making as they say “crazy-ass 3D stuff” without too much hassle
  • ngPlant – Free plant modeling software suite
  • WebInpaint Beta – Remove one or more objects or persons from your composition
  • An Ivy Generator – A small tool allowing a virtual ivy to grow in your 3d world
  • xNormal – An application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps
  • Color Palette Generator – Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image
  • The – Exactly what it says
  • Wings 2 – Aircraft plans/drawings
  • yED – Powerful free graph editor
  • Sculptris – Free 3D organic modeler
  • ShiftN – Automatic correction of distracting converging lines in your image


Social Networks – check us out

  •  X – News and Updates
  • Facebook – News and Updates

If you know of anymore useful free resources for the SketchUp design community please contact us or comment below and we will add it to the list.


16 Responses to “Resources”

  1. John Royal on August 3rd, 2011 8:38 am

    Just found your link and am I impressed this so great, But can’t get RSS into my Igoogle page

  2. Tim Barrett on February 6th, 2012 4:34 pm

    We have a website which offers some free sample textures and models aimed primarily at high quality architectural visualization.

    The address is –

    I thought your readers might find them useful.


    Tim Barrett

  3. admin on February 7th, 2012 2:42 pm

    Added you too our list Tim, thnx

  4. Andrea on July 1st, 2012 4:47 pm

    for some good free textures !

  5. admin on July 3rd, 2012 12:23 pm

    Thnx for the link Andrea!

  6. Diana on January 17th, 2013 9:58 am

    Hi !

    You have really good refence site !

    I have one to suggest too :

    CGTrader is an online marketplace where 3D artists and engineers can buy, sell or share 3D models.

    Maybe it will be usefull for the users too



  7. Tony on December 30th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Hi there,
    maybe our website project may also useful for your readership. At we provide over 4000 free textures and several tutorials and other freebies for architectural visualization.
    thank you!

  8. ethan yakhin on April 28th, 2015 12:24 pm
  9. Sanny on April 27th, 2016 6:32 pm

    We have a website free 3D models library, provide over 50000 textures, models, vray material, 3d works, and plugins for using in CG projects.

  10. Angel on June 23rd, 2016 7:08 am

    We have an excellent SketchUp plugin for rendering. Maybe it will be usefull for your users.

  11. GN on October 2nd, 2016 8:02 pm

    HI Team,

    Love your work. I’m just a beginner in Sketchup based in London and looking for Sketchup training suited for Urban Design and Planning

    All the courses here focus on essentials of Sketchup and none specifically for Urban Design – Please can you suggest if any of you @ SketchupArtists are based in London and are available to train in person.

  12. Samantha Broadhurst on July 27th, 2017 8:21 pm

    I just created SketchUp Shortcuts (, a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for SketchUp.

  13. Sergio on January 12th, 2018 4:06 pm

    Hi, i would like share also a great 3d modeling website with models in .skp, they also has a lot of other formats. Actually I know well their 3d cars.

  14. Ryan on August 11th, 2020 5:20 pm

    I built this web app that lets you create and edit seamless textures:

    Please feel free to add it to the list!


  15. Tom on November 9th, 2020 6:25 pm

    There’s also this new CC0 3D Model library!
    If you are still updating this. You could maybe add it as well!

  16. Shehan Edwards on December 15th, 2020 11:06 am

    Here’s another graphic organizer tool that you can add to general resources. Hope this helps.

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