Resources

resources

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_Communities

Forums and Communities

Forums and Communities Non – English

Plugins

Google SketchUp Plugins

Image_Editing

Free Image Editing Software

  • normalmap –  GIMP plugin to convert images into RGB normal maps
  • Cinepaint – Easy to use and similar to Photoshop
  • Splashup – Web application, offering multiple image editing, pixel-level control and layers
  • Pixia – Painting and retouching software for full color graphics
  • Krita – Create digital painting files from scratch
  • ChocoFlop – Free image editing on your Mac
  • Active Pixels 2 – Free photo editing software
  • 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.
  • Sumo Paint – Free image editor and painter software, really cool.
  • Pixlr – This free plugin turns Firefox into a full featured Photoshop like image editor using the excellent pixlr without having to visit the site.
  • 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.

vector

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

Models_Textures

Free 3D Models and Textures

  • Coalesse – free SketchUp furniture moles for non-commercial use.
  • cgtrader.com – Huge collection of excellent quality 3D models, free and paid for
  • Hdri-Skies.com – Good collection of free HDRI sky maps in 4K resolution
  • TonysTextures – 4000 free textures and several tutorials and other freebies for architectural visualization
  • Skal Gubbar -Library of free high resolution cutout images of people
  • NonScandanavia  -Free Hi Res 2d Cutout people from
  • HDRI-Hub – Small collection of free HDRI skies.
  • Gtrove – Small collection of free HDRI’s
  • NoEmotion HDR’s – Free collection of  day, evening and night HDRI’s
  • Krost Office Furniture – Free collection of SketchUp models
  • SketchUpTexture – Growing collection of free good quality models and textures
  • Knoll Office Furniture – Free SketchUp models…100’s of them
  • 3drender.co.uk – Some free samples and models
  • Textures Forrest – High resolution free textures
  • DesignBeep – Collection of high quality and free brick textures
  • High Resolution Textures – Free Textures, game textures, 3D textures, design resources
  • Texturemate – Free textures, brushes and patterns
  • carbodydesign.com – Free 3D car models various formats, some SketchUp models
  • BIMstop.com – Free models, but you need to register first
  • SteelSelect.com – Free SketchUp Component library for eaves guttering
  • Landscapeforms – SketchUp library of 3D models
  • CadTutor – Free collection of images, trees, people, skies and more
  • Cut Out People – Free cut out people, animals, transport, nature and objects
  • Render Textures – Seamless diffuse, bump and displacement maps
  • OpenFootage – HDRI panorama’s and more
  • Graphic Mania – High quality old paper Photoshop textures
  • Grunge Textures – High quality textures, metal, brick, concrete, stone, asphalt, wood and more
  • Smartibl – Some HDRI’s and other goodies
  • Naldzgraphics – Free high quality wood textures,200+
  • Designmoo – Free PSDs, vectors, textures, patterns, fonts, and more
  • LeMog – Free texture library (French)
  • CadYou – Free 3D models (SketchUp) textures and Cad Blocks
  • Vyonyx – Cutout people, trees, textures and tutorials
  • Archiforge – Textures and CAD library
  • 3D Warehouse – Huge collection of free 3D SketchUp Models
  • Appiani – Free 3D library and textures
  • Archive 3D – Large collection of free 3D models
  • 3Dup.com – Free Grasses and weed models in 3ds, very useful!
  • Bricks’n’Tiles – Design Photo-realistic textures for high quality 3D content
  • CGDigest – Selection of models from furniture to transport and electronics
  • Turbosquid Free – Loads of good quality free models
  • Designfreebies – Free high resolution photos of skies, clouds, sunsets and much more
  • CG Textures – The worlds largest free texture site
  • Archi-Vision Studio – Watercolor entourage images (skies,trees, bushes, people and cars)
  • 3dmd.net – Free textures for 3D artists
  • 3Dmodelsharing – Free library once you register, various file types
  • Archweb – Free cad blocks and textures

Photoshop

Popular Photoshop sites with tutorials and freebies!!

  • The Plugin Site – Free Photoshop plug-ins
  • Obsidian Dawn – Loads of free Photoshop stuff
  • Free 4 Photoshop – Free Photoshop brushes, styles, patterns, shapes, psd and more
  • PSD tuts+ – The mother of all PS sites for tuts and freebies
  • Tutorial 9 – Tutorials (check out School of Photoshop)
  • 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

Brushes for  post-production work

genaeral-resources

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
  • MyPaint – Free open-source graphics application for digital painters
  • Artweaver Free – Free painting program which is suitable for beginners but also suitable for advanced users
  • DraftSight – Free CAD software for your DWG files
  • 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
  • Window Studio 10 software – Generate 3D Dynamic SketchUp models (Andersen windows and doors)
  • GML Matting – Cutout tool to extract object from background
  • GE Light*Beams 3.0 – Powerful lighting design aid for GE directional reflector lamps. Has a complete database of GE IES files
  • 3D Canvas – Real-time 3D modeling/animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling
  • Great Buildings Online – 1000 great buildings with images, drawings and 3D models
  • The Blueprints.com – Exactly what it says
  • Wings 2 – Aircraft plans/drawings
  • CB Model Pro – Free rapid 3D organic modeling software
  • DoubleCad XT Free – Works like AutoCAD LT
  • yED – Powerful free graph editor
  • Sculptris – Free 3D organic modeler
  • ShiftN – Automatic correction of distracting converging lines in your image

Social_Networks

Social Networks – check us out

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.

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12 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 – http://www.3drender.co.uk

    I thought your readers might find them useful.

    Regards,

    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

    Check
    http://www.texturequalitypro.com
    for some good free textures !
    Andrea

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

    Thnx for the link Andrea!
    James

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

    Hi !

    You have really good refence site !

    I have one to suggest too : http://www.cgtrader.com

    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

    Regards,

    Diana

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

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

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

    Hi,
    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.
    http://www.renderwow.com/views/Download.html

  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 (http://sketchupshortcuts.com/), a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for SketchUp.

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