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  1. Erik Spiekermann’s experimental letterpress workshop, 98a, is the birthplace of post-digital printingChange Is Good is a new fiction book by Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired, about the birth of the dot-com age. And fittingly for a book about a revolution, it's the first book to be designed and printed by typography legend Erik Spiekermann's new printing process, which he calls 'post-digital printing'. This method will use a combination of new laser plate cutting technology and letterpress to print 1,000 copies of the book, which is available on Kickstarter. We caught up with Rossetto and Spiekermann to find out more about this printing process. What are the benefits of letterpress printing compared to offset? Louis Rossetto: Offset printing handles colour really well. But at the same time, when you're reading a book that's only text, offset doesn't deliver on a quality level like letterpress used to. On the other hand, letterpress has the limitation of not being able to do typography well. What Erik's able to do in developing this new technology is marry the advances that have occurred in typography over the last 30 years to the clear benefits of letterpress, in terms of its black type and sharp forms impressed into the paper. The whole package ends up being startlingly better than what we're used to. What's the process for this new printing method? Erik Spiekermann: We bought an image setter machine that cuts into polymer plastic with a laser, and then we can print from those plates. We put these plates with metal backs in our machine, which has a magnetic base. It goes into the printing press, and stays there. And then we get the impression, the raised surface, of the letters. You can see the printing process in action in the video above Tell us about Change Is Good... LR: Change Is Good is a story about a moment that changed the world. In the 90s, there were young people with fire in their eyes, with big ideas and a passion to make change happen. Change is Good is about those people and their challenges. It's utterly appropriate that the story of this era of revolutionary change is brought out on new technology which will revolutionise printing. Change is Good is the first book to use Spiekermann's new print processAre there any types of books that you think wouldn't print well using this method? ES: Text is where letterpress shines, but we can imagine printing books using a mix of processes, for example, full colour offset and black type, or other combinations. We are no Luddites, and we like all types of printing on paper – including using our Risograph. What's the future of post-digital printing? ES: Bringing together the best of each technology: digital type and typesetting offer more choices and better precision. Letterpress printing makes type look better than watery offset. We've already printed two books for a major German publisher, and will print another five titles this year. What advice do you have for someone wanting to get more from letterpress, who doesn't have your resources? ES: Come and buy plates from us. We need to get our money back on our investment. This article originally appeared in Computer Arts issue 270. Buy it here. Related articles: 50 inspiring examples of letterpress business cards Create special print finishes in InDesign 5 things every creative needs to know about print design View the full article
  2. After Effects CC might sound like a complex program, but once you grasp some basic concepts, you’ll be able to create a range of animation styles using Adobe's 3D, motion graphics and animation software. Get Adobe Creative CloudIn this article we'll run through some top tips for animating illustrations in After Effects, starting with the basics. And be sure to check out other great After Effects tutorials for beginners, intermediate and experts afterwards, for more practical tips and design inspiration. 01. Import files from Photoshop After Effects allows you to incorporate Photoshop files into your composition (comp). When you import these files into a project, the layers will retain their individual qualities – simply drag one onto the comp and it will appear on the animation timeline. 02. Use keyframes Use the position attribute to move the element during keyframes [click the top-right arrows icon to enlarge this screenshot] Clicking the triangle next to Transform will show Position, Scale, Rotation, and more. Each of these aspects is a keyframe – a location on the timeline that marks the beginning or end of a transition. To add a keyframe, select which characteristic you want to alter and click forward on the timeline. The position, for instance, can change from one keyframe to another by dragging it along the comp. When you play the animation, it will travel along the path you created. 03. Smooth out transitions using easing Easing can make transitions between keyframes look less choppy by organically speeding up or slowing down the animation. Find the Keyframe Assistant menu under Animation to incorporate easing. Easy Ease does what the name suggests by easing the element on both sides of the keyframe. 04. Adjust anchor points Adjust the anchor points to ensure individual parts rotate in relation to one another [click the top-right arrows icon to enlarge this screenshot] Parenting synchronises the changes of one layer with another layer’s transformation. The wheel of a car, for instance, would be the child layer of a vehicle’s body, which is the parent. In this case, every time the car is moved, rotated or scaled, the wheel goes with it. To assign the parent/child relationship, first make sure that your anchor points are correctly aligned. Think about it like the skeleton of a figure – what are the joints? When something rotates, where will it rotate from? Drag the anchor point to change its position. 05. Connect elements Click on the child element (the spiral) and drag the icon to its parent [click the top-right arrows icon to enlarge this screenshot] Once these points are determined, select the intended child element and click the spiral icon under Parent. Then, drag it to the parent element and release – the two are now paired and any changes you make will affect both parts of your new element. 06. Add motion Use the Puppet Pins to assign movement to different parts of the image [click the top-right arrows icon to enlarge this image] The Puppet tool adds natural motion to a rasterised image. A snake can bob its head while its tail shakes, for example, all with the placement of a few pins. First, click on the triangle next to effects and select puppet. Under it, you’ll see Mesh 1. Click on the triangle next to it to bring up the Deform menu. You’ll now be able to click on the areas where you’d like to to add Puppet Pins – you can experiment with this until you get the effect you are looking for. Once you’ve finished placing your pins, click forward on the timeline and use the Transform property to stretch or distort each individual pin. Your puppeted subject will be moving in no time. 07. Export your animation Export your animated illustration [click the top-right arrows icon to enlarge this screenshot]Once you're happy with your animation, export it. To export an animation into a movie, go to File > Export > Add to render queue. This article was originally published in Computer Arts magazine. Subscribe now. Related articles: 40 amazing After Effects tutorials How to move over from Photoshop to After Effects The beginner's guide to After Effects View the full article
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  4. A flawed Infineon Technology chipset left HP, Lenovo and Microsoft devices open to what is called a 'practical factorization attack,' in which an attacker computes the private part of an RSA key. View the full article
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  6. The world of a jobbing designer might not always be glamorous and well paid, but it makes up for it in other ways. Whether it's personal pride or fulfilling long-held ambitions, there are different markers of success for creatives, but what are they? We reached out to the community to find out. 01. Surprise recognition Stanley Chow knew he'd made it when his children started recognising his work“When my kids, who are four and seven, recognise my work,” says freelance illustrator Stanley Chow. “I took them to see Paddington Bear at the cinema and unbeknown to me there was a scene that featured an illustration for an ad that I did for McDonald’s. When the camera was panning around Piccadilly Circus, my illustration popped up on the cinema screen – both my kids stood up in the cinema and yelped, ‘Daddy, I saw your picture!’ “Also, there are a few posters and marketing campaigns that I have done dotted around Manchester. My kids frequently spot them before I do, and ask me, ‘Daddy, is that your picture? Are you famous?’” 02. Satisfied clients For Ross Barber-Smith, nothing beats a satisfied client“When a client’s reply blows me away,” says Ross Barber-Smith, the owner and web designer of Electric Kiwi. “I’ve had clients tell me they cried with happiness and excitement when they got the draft design over, because it captured their vision exactly. “I've also had other clients come back to me after their site has been live for a while, telling me how much it’s helped them grow and enabled them to book more gigs across Europe. Hearing feedback and stories like that makes me feel great, and like I’m succeeding.” 03. Positive impact GBH's Brinley Clark thinks a design's success is measured in its impact“Success is many things. In sports, it’s trophies; in politics, it’s votes; and in design, it’s impact,” explains GBH's senior designer Brinley Clark. “I think you’ve got to ask yourself a few questions. Has the work has changed people’s perceptions? Has it made a positive impact on both the end user and the company implementing it? And perhaps most importantly – has it inspired other designers?” This article was originally published in Computer Arts magazine issue 258. Subscribe here. Read more: Johnson Banks responds to Science Museum rebrand New Star Wars movie poster suggests there will be blood Grow your design business without losing focus View the full article
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  8. Adobe today released an out-of-band Flash Player update addressing a zero-day vulnerability being exploited by a little-known Middle Eastern APT group called Black Oasis. View the full article
  9. While Adobe Illustrator doesn't have as many plugins as its raster brother Photoshop, developers take the application very seriously when it comes to building new tools, effects and workflow solutions. Extending the abilities of Illustrator isn't usually necessary, but, as with Photoshop, plugins can save time and effort. These plugins won't cause a mini-revolution in your studio, but they will enable you to carry out certain tasks quicker. Plus, many of these are designed for older versions of Ai, adding some functionality of newer versions like Creative Cloud without the additional expense of upgrading. You'll find a couple of collections in the following list, too, so there are actually way more than 17 Adobe Illustrator plugins here – enjoy! 01. VectorScribe v3 Price: $92 Compatibility: CS6 to CC 2017 Take control of your vectors with VectorScribe, described by its creators as a vector Swiss Army knife. You can use it to manage points, paths and handles, making your work easier to edit and reducing file sizes at the same time. You can create and edit shapes as well as applying different styles of corner to your work, and with VectorScribe's dynamic measurements you can quickly and accurately measure everything from simple lengths to angles and path areas, removing any guesswork when you need to get things exactly the right size. 02. Cineware for Illustrator Add another dimension to your work with Cineware for Illustrator Price: Free Compatibility: Mac OS and Windows 10 Start working in 3D with this new plugin by MAXON in partnership with TurboSquid. This entry-level piece of software is perfect for designers who have felt intimidated by 3D tools in the past but still want to experiment with the medium. The plugin works by allowing users to import any Cinema 4D file and adjust the view, lighting and textures to integrate 3D elements with 2D design. One crucial difference between this plugin and Adobe's Project Felix is that with Cineware you don't have to leave Illustrator to start rendering. This streamlines the workflow for product designers, especially seeing as changes can be made at any time and the image will re-render automatically. 03. Gold Rush Add some sparkle to your Illustrator designs with Gold Rush Price: $22 Compatibility: CS3+ Give your work a classy, presidential look with Gold Rush, a plugin providing all the metallic, glitter and foil effects that you'll ever need. Containing 218 swatches in raster format and 35 brushed elements, it's ideal for anything that needs a bit of bling. The set includes hot foil effects, crumpled foil, gold leaf, bokeh, metallic paint, and much more, not just in gold but also rose gold, black, silver and copper. 04. Hot Door Control Ramp up your productivity with Hot Door Control Plug-ins Price: $98 Compatibility: CS6 to CC 2015 Control is a set of seven plugins for Illustrator that enable you to ramp up your productivity with new techniques for editing, organising and labelling your work. Available for $20 each – or $98 for the whole set – the various plugins can help you select artwork with custom search criteria, create layer groups for organisation and printing, nudge artwork at less than 1pt increments, log your time spent on documents, call out artwork and document attributes and attach tags to artwork for counting and tracking materials. 05. Concatenate Concatenate is extremely useful and just $20 Price: $20 Compatibility: CS3 to CC 2017 Concatenate is a plugin filter that connects multiple paths into one continuous path, similar to the Merge Path command when using the Blob Brush tool in Illustrator CS4 and CS5. However, Concatenate adds a few extra features including an 'assimilate' function, which scans a selected area or layer for unselected paths, and adds them to the merge. The 'connect' function then enables users to subsequently add lines or extra segments between open paths. 06. ColliderScribe v2 Price: $33/£25 Compatibility: CS to CC 2017 ColliderScribe provides a simple toolset for Illustrator that lets you position shapes accurately, placing any object precisely next to another when they touch, and enabling you to quickly and easily arrange shapes in formations and patterns. ColliderScribe 2 includes a Rotate To Collision Tool, plus severa features and improvements not seen in version 1 – including a New Space Fill feature, which lets you fill the container path with selected objects, distributing them evenly within the shape. 07. ArtBlue Gold 2.53 Simultaneously edit paths belonging to the same group Price: $159 Compatibility: CS6 to CC 2014 (Mac OS X only) For a more pricey but sophisticated shape-creation tool, Amazon Canvas' ArtBlue Gold 2.5 comes with a range of tools and a custom shape feature that lets you import and export formations between ArtBlue and Photoshop. A Shape Transform Matrix tool – among other features – means you can convert a simple shape into common shape formations or complex geometric sculptures, and objects placed in 3D space can be edited and tracked. 08. Patharea Price: Free Compatibility: Ai 7/8/9, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS6 If you need to calculate the length or area of interlocking or singular Illustrator paths, there is an inbuilt option, but it involves accessing the debugging dialog box and scanning for the appropriate info. Patharea makes the process speedier. You access it via the Filters menu, and it gives the length of a selected path, or area of conjoined paths and shapes, making precise calculations for printed graphics far snappier to retrieve. 09. EskoArtwork Data Exchange Plug-in Price: Free Compatibility: CS6 to CC 2017 ArtiosCAD is a mainstay application in the packaging design industry, and this Illustrator plugin acts as the perfect bridge. It enables users to open native ArtiosCAD files in Illustrator without the need to convert and flatten them, position them on the artboard and then apply swatches, objects and full Ai files upon the ArtiosCAD design. You can then manipulate guides and paths of the Illustrator artwork directly on the ArtiosCAD object. It also works as a bridge between Esko's other apps: Automation Engine, PackEdge, Plato and ArtPro. 10. CADtools 11 Price: $379 Compatibility: CS5 to CC 2017 As the name suggests, CADtools adds CAD functionality to Illustrator. Very useful features include the ability to snap objects and project art onto isometric grids, which can save hours. CADtools 11 also adds 92 new tools, organised into 10 groups, to the Illustrator toolbox. It's a well-thought-out plugin that can boost efficiency dramatically. Upgrading from version 8, 9 or 10 costs $229, or newcomers can get the full version for $379. 11. SymmetryWorks 6 The new Color Symmetries pane offers 46 secondary symmetry buttons Price: $364 (full version - other options available) Compatibility: Ai 10 to CC 2017 At $364 for the full version, SymmetryWorks isn't a casual purchase. It's a specialist tool, but if you work with repeat graphics and complex patterns, it'll save you a considerable amount of time. SymmetryWorks lets you quickly generate repeating graphics using Illustrator's drawing tools, then apply transformations to 'grow' the pattern. Once they're complete, patterns can be saved as swatches. LivePresets then augments this process, enabling users to update and edit these pattern swatches and symbols through a 'live edit' function. The latest version adds a new way of automatically creating patterns – by adding colour reversals to simple geometric transformations. This technique balances 'positive' and 'negative' counterparts and automatically generates spectacular, easy-on-the-eye patterns. 12. Select Menu Price: Free Compatibility: CS3 to CC 2017 The addition of 18 extra objects to Illustrator may seem unnecessary, but this plugin grants users access to guides, open paths, closed paths, unfilled paths, stroked paths, unstroked paths, dashed paths, undashed paths, compound paths, groups and more on a single object. It twins these with additional export options that, while present in Illustrator natively, can be combined here for saving transparencies and flattening images quickly. 13. Xtream Path 2 There's no need for control points with Xtream Path 2 Price: $139 Compatibility: Ai 8 to CC 2017 A brilliant addition to Illustrator's path-editing providing, among other things, the freedom to grab anywhere on a path and edit it from that position, rather than adding control points. It takes a while to get the hang of but soon becomes a very efficient way to construct artwork. The Symmetric Edit tool is beautiful and Smart Rounding is fantastic. A great suite of tools and excellent value. 14. Phantasm v3 Price: $78 Compatibility: CS5 to CC Phantasm CS's appeal is in its simplicity. It effectively plugs a hole between Illustrator and Photoshop, adding familiar bitmap-editing functions and options to a vector workflow. Such tools include Curves, Hue and Saturation, Levels and even Automation functions for all of the above. All of the effects are non-destructive, and it also offers duotone and halftone options, an overprint preview and a separations option that adds some serious prepress weight to Illustrator's arsenal. 15. FILTERiT 5 FilterIt 5 is a versatile tool that lets you create simple to complex images in seconds Price: $129 Compatibility: CS6 to CC 2017 This classic suite of plugins has been updated in response to Adobe incorporating many of the original feature sets into CS4 and CS5. For earlier version users, the 3D Transform options are still a solid choice, but now all users can benefit from its Trace Options for quick animation work, and Live Cut Out, Emboss, Live Neon, and Border features. Finally, a Live Circle feature enables users to quickly copy a single object into a circle pattern. 16. CAD-COMPO CAD-COMPO is a cheaper combination of plugins than CADtools 9 Price: $150 Compatibility: Ai 10 to CC 2017 A cheaper alternative to CADtools 9, CAD-COMPO is a combination of technical drawing plugins including BPT-Pro4, which adds a highly functional 2D-CAD program into Illustrator, and EXDXF-Pro4, which assists the import of CAD-standard DXF files to Illustrator and export of Ai files to CAD. 17. Magic Exporter Quickly export objects from your AI docs to PNGs for all devices and screens Price: $25/£23 Compatibility: CC Jeremy Marchand's Magic Exporter simplifies the process of exporting objects from Ai docs to web-ready PNG files. Instead of having to manually slice or hide layers to export the object you need, all you have to do is mark the object you need and export it using the dedicated menu. Helpfully, it can automatically create several PNG copies of the same object scaled to screen sizes. If you're creating UI elements for the web in Illustrator, this will save you valuable time. Main image: Ben O'Brien Related articles: 100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials The 60 best free Photoshop brushes 55 best free fonts for designers View the full article
  10. The KRACK, or key reinstallation attack, disclosed today allow attackers to decrypt encrypted traffic, steal data and inject malicious code depending on the network configuration. View the full article
  11. Once you've come up with an idea for a fantasy creature, the next step is to bring it to life by painting it with believable colours and textures. Here are our workflow tips for painting creatures in pencil and watercolour. If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, take a look at our guide to designing imaginary beasts. Then, follow these steps... 01. Brainstorm A theme may help you to brainstorm ideasFirst, get those ideas down on paper. Usually it’ll take me a while to create any shapes that I like, or even anything that I’d want to take further. Sometimes they appear fully formed and others will never make it into a painting. I use my heavy blunt mechanical pencil to make loose designs and then refine them with a sharper point. For the thumbnails above, my theme was ‘enchanted forest’ – and anything that popped into my head that may exist in such a place was extracted from my brain. 02. Use a wide pencil for rough ideas Using a wide pencil keeps ideas rough and quickMost of my creature ideas begin with a very rough thumbnail. I prefer to use a very large 5.6mm heavy mechanical pencil by Koh-I-Noor, which stops me getting obsessed with detail. I wanted to create something darkly mischievous with this guy. Buy a Koh-I-Noor 5.6mm mechanical pencil (UK) for £4.50 Buy a Koh-I-Noor 5.6mm mechanical pencil (US) for $4.90 03. Try a watercolour sketch Use a light wash to sketch with watercolourMy next step from thumbnail is sketching with watercolour. Instead of damaging the watercolour paper, which is easy to do with lots of erasing of pencil lines, I use a fine brush (my favourite is size 3 Series 7 Winsor & Newton sable) and using a light wash I draw the creature directly onto the paper. 04. Depict the fine details Work from light to dark to build up the paintingOnce I’ve sketched the design in watercolour, I make a pass with a darker wash and figure out which areas I want lighter and darker. With watercolour you need to work from light to dark. The process is time consuming, but well worth it for the final result. I’m a big fan of detail so I use very fine brushes for this. It also enables you to go steady with the value range, which in this instance I hadn’t decided on until I started the painting. 05. Build up layers Building up layers is particularly important for painting furIn the case of this Darkling Glib creature, I didn’t quite capture the dark and creepy nature of the initial rough thumbnail. However, I was really pleased with the result. With any furry creature it’s worth taking the time to slowly build up layers of washes to paint fur. 06. Throw out all your plans Drop paint onto a wet board and watch abstract shapes emerge and spark your imaginationThis is another valid way of coming up with an interesting creature. For this piece I started by soaking the illustration board (a Strathmore 500 wet media board) using a misting spray bottle filled with water. I then mixed some paints and started dropping the colour onto the paper. This made for some wonderful accidental shapes. With this approach, eventually you’ll start to see something appear among these shapes and you can then start to refine it. 07. Go with the flow Let the happy accidents roll inFor my magical being here, I saw a face, so I started to build on that. I used the interesting shapes that the watercolour made as it dried (a very handy tip is to have a small hair dryer at your desk so you can speed up the drying of each wash). Once I’d started picking out a nose and some eyes (plus an extra one!), I could continue working around the painting and further develop the face more. The great thing about using watercolour paint, particularly into wet paper, is that it’s unpredictable. It’s the perfect setup for generating those happy accidents. 08. Splash paint around to create texture Use real creatures as a reference for your fantasy beasts' texturesHave fun with patterns and shapes to give the impression of scales or knobbly textured skin. I used reference from the mouths of lizards and also crocodiles for this dragon’s jaw and then mixed it up a bit. Splash paint around and let it dry in various textures, then use the patterns from those dried splodges to guide where you might make marks. I like to keep things fairly organic-looking. 09. Use a rigger brush for fine hairs Rigger brushes create perfect fine lines for hairI used a fine rigger brush to create the very fine long hairs all over this little chap. The rigger is a wonderful brush for keeping control of fine lines and they hold a fair amount of pigment, which is always useful. The brush’s name comes from the brushes that were created to paint the rigging on paintings of tall ships. 10. Develop the eyes Again, studying the eyes of real creatures will add realism to your fantasy creature paintingsEyes are possibly the most important thing to bring a creature or strange being to life. The final dots of watery reflection in them can make or break a painting. Make sure you study lots of pictures of eyes – consider finding some eyes that don’t belong in a human face and put them there, such as the eyes of an octopus! These are the things which can create an unusual, original creature. I chose a contrasting colour for the eyes of my green man so that they instantly pop out from the greens and purples. 11. Use Acryla gouache for glossy eyes Painting spots of light on the eyes suggests wetnessGlossy eyes are essential, especially in a mammal. Once I’m ready to add highlights to an eye I bring out the Acryla gouache. This medium is permanent and behaves much like acrylic, except that it dries completely matte – just like watercolour. I use this all the time for highlights in my paintings, and it can be mixed with watercolour to tint it (or you can buy other colours in the same medium too, of course). As well as the main highlight on the eye, I always add tiny spots of light around the lids of the eye to give the impression of wetness. This article originally appeared in ImagineFX magazine issue 151. Buy it here. Related articles: How to draw and paint - 100 pro tips and tutorials 20 best iPad art apps for digital painting and sketching 9 top tips for drawing in black and white View the full article
  12. Free 3D drawing software SketchUp is pretty straightforward to use, but with the right textures you can create impressive 3D art. The tool makes it easy to import SketchUp textures and modify them with its editing tools. You can even use Photoshop within the program to create the exact look you require. SketchUp supports pretty much every image format, except DDS. So any JPEG, PNG and PSD files are fine, and you can even use V-Ray’s .vismats files if you have the V-Ray rendering tool add-on. TIFs give the most realistic rendering, as these are print-quality images with super-high resolution, giving your textures the added detail that's particularly important for games design and animations. Despite this, it can be a little tiresome to collect enough high-res imagery to build up a sufficient and diverse collection of SketchUp textures to use in your 3D projects, so we’ve made it easy with our roundup of the best SketchUp texture packs that can easily be added to your catalogue. Use them for all your design needs – whether that be for your latest gaming project, or an interior design commission. 01. Wood Textures Creator: Lost & Taken Price: $10 Caleb Kimbrough runs the blog Lost & Taken with the simple goal of providing the best SketchUp textures available. On his DeviantArt account, he offers a whole host of textures for free, but in order to keep his dream alive, his full sets (and they are pretty substantial) cost a few bucks. These 52 different wood textures are a solid start if you want to a nice wood grain effect for any project. The full pack comes at a reasonable price, but for the budget (read: free) version, you can download six of Lost & Taken’s wood textures here. 02. Fabric Patterns Creator: WebTreats Etc Price: Free This pack of eight tileable SketchUp textures includes the most common fabrics you may want to recreate within your 3D composite, including denim, wool, leather and cotton with a variety of weaves to play around with. The textures are offered in two resolutions and as both PSD and JPG formats. 03. Concrete Textures Creator: Vandelay Design Price: Free Concrete textures vary hugely, and are incredibly useful for things like urban landscapes (post-apocalyptic or not). Steven Snell is a part-time web developer, blogger and dog walker, not to mention editor-in-chief of Vandelay Design. He has graciously compiled a great list of 30+ concrete textures and a set of free, high-res textures that are available to use in your own design work. 04. Marble Textures Creator: GraphicBurger Price: Free GraphicBurger is a great little design source for all your graphic needs, and volume 4 of its collection of high-res marble texture images are brilliantly easy to import into SketchUp. These real marble images will add a touch of ancient elegance to your architectural design, and can be used for free in both personal and commercial projects. 05. Stone Walls Creator: David Chumilla Liccioli Price: $6 Spanish 3D digital artist David Chumilla Liccioli regularly offers up textures for free on Gumroad. These four realistic stone wall tile textures are based on Photogrammetry meshes captured in rural and urban environments. The artist suggests a scale of 2 or 2.5 metres per tile. 06. Stone Textures Creator: Joost Vanhoutte Price: Free Digital 3D artist Joost Vanhoutte runs Texture Ninja, a textures site. Although most of his packs are completely free, he appreciates a donation to keep his textures site alive, so you can support him via his Patreon. This pack includes a whopping 111 different stone textures, so you're sure to find one that suits your project. 07. Road Textures Creator: Ezekeil_HQ Price: $40.60 This pack of 225 road textures features both JPG and PNG formats of tileable, seamless images, entirely based on real-life photos of roads worldwide. The pack contains stripes, lines, marks, arrows, manholes, reflectors, patches, signs, dust and dirt and details of various roads, making it easy to realistically recreate cityscapes or lost highways. 08. Surface Imperfections Creator: Clement Feuillet Price: 7 EUR Surface Collection 1 offers a fantastic selection of 80 textures of surfaces and imperfections in high-res TIF format – plus, most are completely tileable. This SketchUp textures pack was compiled by French digital artist Clement Feuillet. The pack includes dust, scratches, liquid, stains, cracks, grunge effects, rust, dirt, fingerprints and more to enhance your 3D digital scenes. 09. Dirt and Soil Textures Creator: Holypixel Price: $6 These 10 Seamless Dirt and Soil Textures have been designed at a resolution of 1500 x 1500px, and are sure to bring your organic digital world to life. Available in both JPG and Photoshop PAT files, they are perfect for 3D visualisations and rendering. They're completely unique, too. 10. Glass Textures Creator: Dragon Woman (dbstrtz) Price: Free Glass can be hard to capture digitally without some serious rendering skills, but with the help of Dragon Woman’s seven-image pack on Deviant Art, you can recreate a variety of textured glass to insert easily into your 3D designs. She regularly compiles free packs, so check out her stone and wood collections too! 11. Wet Sand Creator: Fiat Lux Price: $21.60 Fiat Lux specialises in 3D materials, textures and light rigs. This particular collection of five 4K textures is already fully mapped, allowing you to easily recreate the wet sand materials. Each of these SketchUp textures has been created procedurally, so they tile seamlessly. Included in the pack are a general beach sand, white sand, red clay sand, white river sand and black lava sand. 12. Metal Textures Creator: Scott R Price: Free Metals are another common texture required when building a 3D model. Although this pack is small, it contains a great variety of metallic textures and patterns, including rusted, scratched, galvanised, polished and perforated options. Plus, all of these were created using the SketchUp program itself. 13. Wallpaper Textures Creator: Rich O’Brien Price: $1.99 Whether you design for the real world as an interior designer or architect, or create your own digital worlds as a games designer, having a selection of wallpapers can really give your digital set a homely and realistic feel. Not all walls are bricks or concrete, so easily give them that splash of colour without the fuss of illustrating it yourself, with these 24 seamless wallpaper textures. Read more: 30 free 3D models 37 brilliant Blender tutorials The 10 biggest 3D movies of 2017 View the full article
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