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A great little free paint tool, developed as a natural medium (pencil, etc) painter, ArtWeaver works brilliantly with a graphics tablet, and is very easy to use.· It’s great for painting textures that require a more ‘painterly’ appearance!
When you’re a CG artist, you typically deal with a wide assortment of graphics files, most of which can not be previewed in Windows.·The freely available IrfanView program allows you to view files in dozens of formats as well as edit, batch convert and batch rename them.· This is the Swiss Army Knife of image viewing and editing.
The Gimp is an open source, free paint tool, and is probably the closest thing to Adobe Photoshop in terms of features.· It comes with some very cool effects and plug-ins that you
find in Photoshop for generating video screen effects, and more.·I've used this product many times in jobs where Photoshop wasn't available, or when an effect was needed that Photoshop couldn't quickly produce.
If you need to develop vector art, and can't afford something like Adobe Illustrator, then Inkscape is your free, open source alternative.· It’s very easy to use – Check out the stunning pieces of art in the gallery to see what it can produce!
HDRI Editing Tools
HDRI EDITING TOOLS
Here you’ll find a couple of nice HDRI editing and creation tools, free for personal use.· Note that there are many, many links in this page to tutorials and other HDRI resources (including software, images and more).
Texturing and Mesh Editing Tools
TEXTURING and MESH EDITING TOOLS
Tattoo is a 3D paint tool, designed for painting a texture directly onto the surface of UV mapped (including LWO) objects.· It’s free for non-commercial and personal use, and costs a paltry GBP 25 (roughly US $49) for commercial use.
3D Oject Conversion Tools
3D OBJECT CONVERSION TOOLS:
Biturn is a nice little free converter that can read and write several 3D model and texture formats.·Supports LightWave 6.5 upwards, and can convert from various game formats also.
Virtual Dub is the Swiss Army Knife of video tools.·Virtual Dub isn’t a true video editor (although you can use it to trim and join files).· Rather its focus is on capturing video from any source and re-compressing existing video files.·Being open source, it’s free to download and use. I’ve use Virtual dub many times to quickly compress my uncompressed renders, or to add audio to a silent clip.· It’s extremely fast in processing video (much faster then many commercial video tools that have to ‘re-render’ their footage), and includes a filter plug-in interface to process video footage as it compresses it.·Like Irfanview is great for images, Virtual dub is essential for video!
Wax is a freeware video editing and compositing package for Windows.· Well worth the download, it can also work as a plug-in to some other Non-linear editing tools such as Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas.
Art Design Tools
ART DESIGN TOOLS
This is a very nice web page that automatically assists in creating color palettes for your design work.· Choose a color, and let this page offer up 6 complementary colors to work with.
Panorama Creation Tools
PANORAMA CREATION TOOLS
A free demo for personal and non-commercial use, this tool automatically analyzes and stitches pictures into panoramic images for you!·Amazingly clever technology, and well worth testing with your favorite folder of snapshots that you’ve yet to stitch together.· The demo has a time expiration that requires you to pop-back and grab the next update, but an amazing piece of software worth trying for yourself!
As the site says, the art and business of gaming.· A site full of articles and information on games development and technology. A site that all game developers should know.
NVidia’s online documentation
Here you’ll find a collection of great information on developing game graphics from NVidia, one of the leaders in video chip technology.
GameDev is a game developer’s portal, dedicated to the tools and techniques needed by game developers.
Springboard is an awesome little storyboard creation tool.·Extremely cheap, and can even create an animatic from the storyboard for you, complete with camera moves and animation.
Probably the nicest, most complete script making tool that you can get for free!· Script formatting and writing tools, character histories, time planner, online collaboration tools and more! It’s all in here (did I mention it was free?)
Sound and Music
SOUND AND MUSIC
One of the best open-source free sound editing tools around for tweaking your audio files.· Edit, modify, repair, and add effects and more with Audacity!
A very nice free open source music making package with advanced synthesis tools, that works in the style of the old 'tracker' music programs like Fastracker (from the 'demo scene', a craze back in the 1990's where programmers would write programs that mixed music and graphics together in code).· A web portal with forum, skins and music can be found at
If you're feeling in that audibly artistic mood, and need to create the cutting soundtrack for your animated short film, then this is a fairly well-featured package.
ModPlug Tracker is another free open source music creation tool, developed for creating tracked music like Psycle (but only using audio samples unlike Psycle's advanced synthesis features).
Stonewashed has an extensive portal of links to hundreds of free effects and music sites.· If you need more audio resources, then check this site out!
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