Gorgeous Creative Commons 3D Renders to Use in Item Previews

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Beautiful Blender Renders licensed under CC
Images can make your item preview really shine. So it’s always good to have a lot of resources to draw on when putting one together. There are plenty of places where you can buy licenses for images to use, but there are also ways you can access great imagery without paying.

Last week we covered how you can place Watermarked Previews from the Envato Marketplace into Item Previews. Today I wanted to point authors to a few Creative Commons resources for getting beautiful 3D Renders.

As you may know there is a kick-ass 3D Rendering package that is completely open source called Blender. It’s pretty amazing, and if you’re interested check out the 2011 Blender Showreel! You can also check out our Best of Blender tutorial series on Cgtuts+ if you’re interested in learning the software.

Thanks to the Blender Open Movie Projects initiative, there are four movies available licensed under the Creative Commons – including artwork. So if you’re looking for some 3D Renders to use, these projects are a source of beautiful imagery. Of course it’s also really worth taking some time and watching the movies themselves. Sintel in particular is fantastic!

All four movies are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution licenses, so make sure to attribute any images you use correctly in your item descriptions and live previews. You can find information on how to do so on the sites themselves.


Images © copyright Blender Foundation | www.sintel.org

Big Buck Bunny

Images © copyright 2008, Blender Foundation / www.bigbuckbunny.org

Elephants Dream

Images © copyright 2006, Blender Foundation / Netherlands Media Art Institute / www.elephantsdream.org

Yo Frankie! (2008)

Images © copyright Blender Foundation | apricot.blender.org

Donate to Blender

If you get a lot of use out of these fantastic resources, or just love Blender, you may also wish to consider sending a donation to the Blender project!

Know of other Creative Commons 3D resources? Leave a comment!!

  • http://envato.com Adrian Try

    They’re some amazing Creative Commons images. All the way from cute to creepy! 😉

    I remember the splash Elephants Dream made when it first came out – the first “major” collaboration to be done with open source software (Blender and Gimp) – though I’m not sure if it was rendered with Creative Commons software. I still watch it sometimes with my youngest son.

  • http://www.onedentalclinic.co.uk James Todd

    Really good work Collis – Elephants dream looks very creepy!

  • http://www.kennybuck.de Kenny

    There are also many free stock sites on the net. Just use your favorite search engine :)

  • http://Inked.cl Doren

    To be more clear, I can use a video from Big Buck Bunny to use it in my VideoHive live preview, right?

    • http://envato.com Jordan McNamara

      You sure can! :)

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/Giallo?ref=Giallo Giallo

    awesome collection, thanks

  • http://www.videohive.net/user/miseld?ref=miseld Misel D.

    This is fantastic, thanks for sharing Collis!

  • http://niallm1.com Niall

    Some of these are pretty cool and they’re created in blender.

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  • http://graphicriver.net/user/mrcharlesbrown mrcharlesbrown

    Exactly what I need. Thanks Collis!

  • http://www.blackberrypartscenter.com Martin

    It’s cool

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