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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
Images © copyright 2008, Blender Foundation / www.bigbuckbunny.org
Images © copyright 2006, Blender Foundation / Netherlands Media Art Institute / www.elephantsdream.org
Images © copyright Blender Foundation | apricot.blender.org
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!!