Monday, February 27, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Gorgeous Creative Commons 3D Renders to Use in Item Previews

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 03:26 PM PST

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.

Sintel




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!!


Be Inspired

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 09:16 PM PST

We all have days when we feel flat and unimaginative. It’s times like these that we need to look for inspiration to get us back on track.

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said it best when he stated, "people often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily."

This is why we’ve decided to give you an inspirational quote to help keep your motivation and inspiration firing throughout the week!

Stay Inspired by PixelsAway

This week’s quote is from James William “Jimmy” Johnson. Born on July 16 , 1943, Jimmy was a former college and National American Football League head coach.

There might not be much in common when comparing design and American football but Johnson’s quote is just as applicable for authors working hard to design extraordinary items as elite athletes.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

- Jimmy Johnson

So this week, be inspired to put that little extra into your work. Taking your design from ordinary to extraordinary only takes that little extra!


Show Your Appreciation: AudioJungle

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 05:34 PM PST

AudioJungle is Envato's marketplace for stock audio and music. If it's your favorite site, give it a shout out in the comments!

You might like to browse our previous posts related to AudioJungle.

Site Summary

AudioJungle currently offers 53,011 files, and is growing. Categories include music, music packs, sound, source files, logos & indents and TRAX. To explore all of the sites categories, visit audiojungle.net/category.

AudioJungle is an Envato Marketplace. At AudioJungle you can buy and sell royalty-free music and sound effects that are completely Podsafe for just a few dollars. The site is home to a bustling community of audio composers and producers.

Be Social

If you'd like to keep up to date with what's happening on AudioJungle, you'll find it on most social networks.

There's always a lot going on, so follow us in multiple places so you don't miss out! So how often do you visit AudioJungle? Let us know in the comments.


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