Models: The new addition to Poliigon

Big news: Models are now permanent addition to the Poliigon library.

Watch the announcement then read on…

Two Big Reasons to Use Poliigon Models

#1 The First Multi-Compatible Library

Typically when you buy a model it only works with one software and one renderer. This means wasting 10-20 minutes configuring shaders to work with your software and renderer. Nobody wants that.

So we’re pleased to say that our models work in all 15 of the major software and renderers.

Just select it from the dropdown to download a model in that native format.

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#2 Consistent High Quality

Sometimes purchasing a model feels like playing Russian roulette. You load it into your software, praying that it looks good. But overly dense meshes, poor texture maps, and other shader hackery is rampant.

So we created the library using an industry standard asset pipeline:

  1. Mesh Detail: Not too little, not too much. Each mesh has just enough detail to create the proper silhouette, and everything else is baked.

  2. Baked Maps: All the finer mesh details are baked into the normal map. Gloss, Reflection and Albedo maps are also inclusive, ensuring you won’t have to touch your shader. It just works.

At the time of launch, there are three model collections available now…

1: Interior Scene Fillers

This is the stuff that you don’t want to model, but are necessary for an interior to feel lived in.

Stuff like a TV remote, newspaper, coffee, water bottle, soda can, headphones, notepad, glasses and much, much more.

 

Because you always need more models for a kitchen than anyone ever has time to model, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.

Utensils, knives, pots & pans, dishes, bowls, appliances and more.

 

3: Food

Photoscanning is the only way to capture the detailed shape and texture of food, so that’s what we used.

Fruits, bread, cakes, cheese. Available individually, or as a platter ready for dropping onto a counter.

Demo Renders

We went all out in our testing, so please enjoy this image gallery made using the new models:

This is just the start….

We’re adding more models in the future. What would you like to see next? Let us know in this short survey.

Top Community Renders from October 2018

Here’s the monthly recap of the community’s work, from October 2018. Almost all architecture related!

Created by Helmy Ardiansyah

Created by Pablo Dobarro

Created by Victor Duarte

Render of the Month…

Created by Marcin Kasperski

Absolutely LOVE this bed. The wrinkles and the velvet material are superb. The plants around the room are a nice touch too.

For his amazing render, Marcin has been awarded a year of Poliigon Freelancer.

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon textures
Step 2:  Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description.
Step 3: Wait till end of the month to see if you feature on the blog.

See you next month!

Top Community Renders from September '18

Super late post, but here’s what the community created last month using Poliigon assets:

And the render of the month is…

Such an ambitious character! Somehow you made a mafia lizard man look believable. Really great texturing in the face.

As Render of the Month, David has won himself 12 months of Poliigon Freelancer.

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon textures
Step 2:  Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description.
Step 3: Wait till end of the month to see if you feature on the blog.

See you next month!

New Stone & Marble

39 Stone Walls

New stone materials in a range of different hues, wear and rock species. Especially good for European and Middle-Eastern styled exteriors.

29 Marble & Granite

Perfect for your next kitchen and dining table renders.

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12 Tile Laminate & Vinyl

Not every client can afford tiles, which is when these laminate and vinyl materials come in handy.

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Split-stone is the perfect material for adding visual contrast to a bland space. Very popular for exterior entertainment areas walls.

Hope you like the new selection! As always, if you make something cool, post it to ArtStation with the words “Textures from Poliigon.com” somewhere in the description and if we like it we’ll feature it here :)

Top Community renders from August '18

The bar gets higher every month! Here's what the community made in August 2018 using Poliigon assets:

Created by Helmy Ardiansyah

 
 

Created by Łukasz Gąska

 

Created by Armando Tello

 

Created by Arnaud Imobersteg

 

Created by Sady Fofana

And the winner is...

As an artist who has also attempted rainy scenes before, I can tell you; this ain't easy! It's not only beautiful, but it tells an easy to understand story. Very emotive. For being awarded image of the month, Vittorio has won himself a year of Poliigon Freelancer!

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon textures
Step 2:  Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description.
Step 3: Wait till end of the month to see if you feature on the blog.

See you next month!

Top Community Renders from July 2018

Every month we do a roundup of the top renders by the community, found on ArtStation. Here's the cream of the crop from July 2018!

Created by Andrey Glazunov

Created by Pablo Dobarro

Created by Timothy Feher

Created by Victor Duarte

 

The Render of the Month:

Created by Thomas Berard

Amazing! It's not often you find a night time scene with good lighting, but Thomas has pulled it off fantastically.

As the render of the month, Thomas Berard has won himself a year subscription of Poliigon (Freelancer)!

How to feature here next month:

  1. Create something awesome that uses Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description (so we can find it).
  3. At the start of the month, return to this blog to see if you were selected!

Changes to Credits

When we launched Poliigon 2 years ago, we approached it with a very simple system: every download would cost 1 credit. And while this worked well for a while, it quickly exposed three big problems:

  1. Not every download was worth 1 credit. For example a treeline backdrop took upwards of 10 hours to capture, clean and produce and cost 1 credit. Yet a color variation for a pattern took barely 10 seconds to create, yet it also cost one credit. Same price, but completely different values to you as an artist. The former was a bargain, the latter a ripoff.
  2. It made re-downloading difficult. We want you to be able to revisit the assets you've previously purchased and download them for free again. But if you only downloaded say 2 of the 8 maps for one material. You only own 20% of the asset. This makes re-downloading difficult, both from a logistical and a usability standpoint.
  3. It's incompatible with new asset types. We already have HDRs and Brushes which have differing credit values. And later this year we'll be introducing models - all of which have differing amounts of files attached to them.

So obviously we needed a new system. After lots of number crunching, we've come up with a new system that solves all these problems and makes acquiring new assets much easier.

The New System

Poliigon has now switched to a flat cost system. Here's how it works...

Regardless of how many files are included in each download it will have a flat cost defined to it.

Once you've acquired the asset it's yours to keep! It will then appear in your My Assets section, which you can revisit and redownload at any time, for free!

Here's the new pricing:

  • Surface Imperfections & Patterns = 5 credits
  • Brushes = 8 credits
  • HDRs = 10 credits
  • Photoscanned or Substance made: 10 credits

Finally, as a gift to our existing customers, if you previously downloaded any part of texture (eg. one diffuse map): you have now been gifted the entire asset for free.

Click "Acquired Assets" in the side bar to see what you currently own :)

New Metal Textures

The textures theme for July is Metal. We spent the last few weeks designing and capturing all sorts of metal, from industrial, to imperfections to remastering some old ones. They are live now.

Let's dive in! First up...

Designer Metals (17 New)

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Apparently designer metal is *in* right now: Interior designers everywhere are finding creative ways to infuse metal into more parts of the building.

With this new batch of 17 Designer Metals you can stay ahead of the hypetrain:

Some up close renders:

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Plain Metals (30 New)

Along with the designer metals, we've also added a collection of PBR accurate metals - with tiny, subtle imperfections to help push realism even further!

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Industrial (5 New, 43 Remastered)

We've noticed an influx of industrial designers coming to Poliigon. So we're happy to throw a bone their way with some new metals for visualizations. Plus, we've also gone through and remastered 43 of our existing metals. So scratches and rust can look even better :)

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Combine that with the previous metal release, and you've got plenty of options for your next scene!

As always, tweet your artworks to @PoliigonHQ - we love sharing what you make!

Top Community Renders from June '18

As is the monthly tradition here at Poliigon, we rounded up all the renders posted to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" in the description, and chose our favourites. The best render of the month will be awarded a year of Poliigon free!

First, the runner's up:

Created by Arnaud Imoberst

Created by Helmy Ardiansyah

Created by Adam Ingram

Created by James Benson

Created by John Bittinger

Created by Kenzie Lamar

Created by Kenzie Lamar

Created by Couette Paul

Created by Joni Mercado

Created by Yuri Shurinov

Created by Yuri Shurinov

Render of the month:

Absolutely gorgeous! A superb use of the photoscanned snow and wood textures. As render of the month, Adam has been awarded a free year of Poliigon Freelancer!

How to get featured next month

At the end of every month month, we round up our favourite images and award the artist with the best image a year of Poliigon (Freelancer plan). Here's how to win or get featured:

  1. Make something cool that uses at least 60% Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description
  3. Wait till the end of the month to see if you were one of our favourites (or better yet the winner!)

Top Community Renders from May 18

Every month we collect all the images post to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" in the description, select our favourites and share them here.

Here's what we loved from May...

Created by Giorgi Abramia

Created by Marc Tarrés

Created by Mark Creaghan

Created by Martin Kovacik

Created by Pablo Dobarro

Our Favourite:

Created by Antonis Tzortzis

Congrats Antonis! For this beautiful archiviz render, you've been awarded 12 months of Poliigon (Freelancer). 

How to win a year of Poliigon

Every month we roundup our favourite images and award the best image a free 12 months of Poliigon (Freelancer plan).

  1. Make something cool that uses at least 60% Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description
  3. Wait till the end of the month to see if you were one of our favourites

Big Texture Release!

Over the last 2 years we've been collecting your texture requests and quietly building them. Today we're pleased to release a big batch them.

So as per your request, here's what's now available in the library:

#1: Bamboo

We've had exactly 20 user requests for bamboo! Which makes sense, since it's extremely popular for asian inspired architecture, AND very hard to find online since so thin and difficult to capture.

So we created the last batch of bamboo textures you'll need: individual stalks and a pre-assembled wall. All seamless!

 

Another hotly requested texture has been roofing! Specifically, european styled slates. So we've built exactly that:

 

This was a surprise to me, but evidently a LOT of artists have been wanting a chainmail texture for their medieval characters. So we've created 11 different chainmail types for bronze, steel and gold chainmail:

 

#4: Drywall

It's not the most exciting texture, but it's still in need! These 6 drywall textures are perfect for your next game level, environment art, or architecture:

 

#5: Packaging Materials

While most of our users make architecture and environments, there's been a growing amount of industrial/product designers joining the site. So we listened to their requests, and released 13 new materials: packing foam, styrofoam, cork and paper:

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#6: More Photoscans

Photoscans are here to stay. For bumpy surfaces like trees and grounds, photoscans are your ticket to realism.

So we've just added 9 large surface scans for your next outdoor scene:

#7: Solar Panels

As the world moves to renewable energy sources, more architects are being asked to include solar panels in their visualizations. So we're happy to say we've got you covered!

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All seamless, and perfect for your next rooftop:

...and more.

These don't really fit into a specific category, but here they are:

  1. Rubber Mulch (for playgrounds and outdoor settings)
  2. Ice (for hockey and iced ponds)
  3. Beach wave foam
  4. Straw flooring (for barns)
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The massive update is now live! Enjoy all the assets right now in the Poliigon Library.

Top Community Renders from April 18

Every month we collect all the images post to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" in the description, select our favourites and share them here.

Here's what we loved from April...

Created by David Baylis

Created by Javier Salcedo

Created by Joshua Nwambe

Created by Calvin Ng

Created by Lee Souder

Created by James Benson

Created by Lewis Marks

Created by Mike Swanston

Our Favourite... 

Created by Ninjason Chan

Phenomenal! Love that pose. We don't get many characters made with our textures, but they're always welcome! For his hard work Ninjason has one himself 12-months of Poliigon!

How to Win a Year of Poliigon

Every month we roundup our favourite images and award the best image a free 12 months of Poliigon (Freelancer plan).

  1. Make something cool that uses at least 60% Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description
  3. Wait till the end of the month to see if you were one of our favourites

 

Top Community Renders From March 2018

Every month we do a roundup of the best renders from the community, so here's March 2018! They were all found on ArtStation with "Textures from Poliigon.com" in the description.

Let's dive in...

Created by Bohdan Kryvetskyy, using the Grunge and Nature textures.

Created by Martin Wahlberg, using the Wood and Concrete textures.

Created by George Turmanidze, using the Wood and Fabric textures.

Created by Martin Kovacik, using the Concrete and Grunge textures.

Created by Helmy Ardiansyah, using the Rock and Wood textures.

Created by Vic Nguyen, using the Wood and Concrete textures.

And the Render of the Month is...

Created by Daniel Diaz Del Castillo, using the Wood and Fabric textures.

Gooooorgeous scene! Absolutely flawless. As Render of the Month, Daniel has received a free 12-months of Poliigon Freelancer

How to win next month:

We award a year of Poliigon to the best render every month. Here's how to enter:

  1. Make an awesome image that uses at least 60% Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description
  3. Wait till the end of the month to see if you were featured here. Best render wins the prize!

Anyone can win, (yes even trial users)!

Top Community Renders From January 2018

We love seeing what the Poliigon community makes. Which is why every month we do a roundup of the best renders made using our textures.

Here's our favourite renders from January, posted to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description.

Created by Roman Kolyada, using the Concrete and Sky HDR textures.

Created by George Turmanidze, using the Marble and Metal textures.

Created by Serge Rodionov, using the Bricks and Fabric textures.

Created by Mateusz Wielgus, using the Metal and Surface Imperfection textures.

Created by .nul ., using the Grunge and Concrete textures.

Small note: If this was a photorealism competition, you would definitely win! Really well done :)

Created by Janus Larsen, using the Manmade and Concrete textures.

Created by Adam Radziszewski, using the Tiles and Grunge textures.

And the Render of the Month is...

Created by Daniel Diaz Del Castillo, using the Wood and Fabric textures.

Gorgeous interior! I love the choice of using natural materials like wood and marble to make the interior feel inviting. Really great job.

As Render of the Month, Daniel, you've been awarded 12-month plan of Poliigon Freelancer!

A chance to win every month:

We award a year of Poliigon to the best render of every month. Here's how to enter:

  1. Make an awesome image that uses at least 60% Poliigon textures
  2. Post it to ArtStation with the words "Textures from Poliigon.com" somewhere in the description
  3. Wait till the end of the month to see if you were featured here. Best render wins the prize!

Anyone can win, (yes even trial users)!

Welcome to the new Poliigon!

We've been teasing a "new website" for months. And while it took way longer than expected, we're happy to say it's finally here! Visit Poliigon to check it out.

Here's some of the highlights...

Faster speeds!

The most notable change is a site-wide speed improvement. While the previous site was sluggish, the new Poliigon has a completely rewritten backend optimized for faster loadtimes!

At times you can expect loadtime improvements of up to 92%!

Try it out in the gallery.

On-Demand Credits

By far the biggest feature request from users of Poliigon is On-Demand credits, and we're pleased to say that it's here!

For casual artists that only need a handful of textures every once in a while, you can now choose from a selection of credits packs.

And best of all, they never expire!

Credit Rollover

Another heavily requested feature: not losing the credits you don't use.

We're pleased to present credit rollovers for every plan:

  • Hobby: 1-month rollover
  • Freelance and Production: 3-month rollover

To hang on to your unused rollover credits, all you need is an active subscription.

Download Cart

When you're building a 3d scene, you often need to look through hundreds of possible materials. Which is why many users requested a way to save the materials they're interested in, in a cart system.

Now when viewing a texture, you'll see two buttons: Add to Download Cart or Download Immediately.

Clicking the Add-to-Download-Cart button will save your download to your cart (which you can view by clicking the cart icon in the top right corner of your screen). There you can see every texture selected and remove them if needed.

We're hoping this will make your texture browsing experience better :)

Select your maps to Download

Previously on Poliigon if you only wanted to download only three of seven maps, you had to download them separately.

But its much easier now thanks to a system that lets you choose the maps you want, at the resolution you want, downloaded in one zip:

Own them forever

This one is more of a UI improvement, because you could actually re-download your textures for free on the old site, but it wasn't stated anywhere.

So we want to make it crystal clear: when you download it, you own it and can re-download it anytime for free!

There's now a section in the sidebar called "Already Purchased" which takes you to the previously downloaded textures.

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Note: In future clicking the sidebar link will display the items in the search results to make it easier.

Paypal support

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When we launched Poliigon, we wrongly assumed that credit card support would be enough. But we quickly discovered that Paypal was the only option for many countries and age groups. That and some people just prefer it! 

So we're happy to say that we finally support Paypal! :D If you want to change your billing details to Paypal, you can do so in your Billing Info settings.

Category sidebar

Browsing the old site was surprisingly frustrating, so we've added a permanent sidebar that shows you where you are in the library:

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A future update will add sub-categories, an asset counter, and a library homepage (similar to the old site).

From everyone here at Poliigon, we hope you find the new site easier and faster to use! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at support@poliigon.com.

What's your favorite new feature? Do you have a request that wasn't included here? Let us know in the comments!

Looking back on 2017 - What went well, and what we want to improve

Reflection is a crucial part of growth and improvement. Because without it, you can carry on making the same mistakes, or missing the triumphs that helped you the most.

So I'm doing a public recap of Poliigon's first full year in business: 2017! There were some things that went well, and others that did not. So let's take a look...

The user base grew by nearly 500%!

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This was a pleasant surprise!

At the start of the year we had just 800 users, and our ambitious goal for 2017 was to reach 2,500 users. But with 2017 now over, we have nearly 1,000 more users than anticipated: 3,415!

These numbers matter, because it means we can afford to hire more artists and photographers to increase the amount of assets in 2018! Woo!

 

The new site took waaaaaay longer to finish than expected. Whoops.

 A sneak peak of the new site layout. Looks similar to the current, but has a lot more functionality.

A sneak peak of the new site layout. Looks similar to the current, but has a lot more functionality.

We realized at the start of the year, that these 4 features were heavily requested by users:

  • On-demand credits
  • Credit Rollover
  • Paypal support
  • Bulk downloading

And while these might sound easy to build, we discovered that the site wasn't built properly from the start to support them. So we needed to do a complete rewrite of the backend to support it.

We originally estimated this would take only a few months to complete. But we vastily underestimated it's complexity. Our web developers ran into more and more problems as they went, and as of the time of writing this, it's still not live - thanks to one last problem: Braintree not yet setup correctly.

Another contributor for the delay was that the scope gradually increased as it went. Because as it was being built we thought of extra functionality we needed, which prolonged the release date and sometimes required a re-do of existing work.

We don't expect to undertake web development of this size again, but if we do require any more big site developments updates, we want to release it in smaller increments on a more frequent basis.

 

The high quality of community artwork!

Every month we feature the best community artworks. And one thing we've noticed steadily increasing is the quality of community artworks!

Here are some of our favourite renders from the Poliigon community in 2017:

Seeing these artworks is a serious motivational boost for our team. So thank you to everyone who posted their artwork on Artstation! We hope we can see more of your wonderful renders in 2018 :)

 

Our documentation needs improving

We spent most of the year trying to improve the library, that we didn't stop to consider how many users don't know how to use them!

This was a lesson we learned late: while some artists already know how to use GLOSS or DISP maps in their software, many don't! While we have documentation pages for each software, after a close inspection we realised it should be a lot easier to follow.

Since the mission of Poliigon is to help you make better artwork, in 2018 we're working to improve the how-to videos and documentation, so that anyone from any software, can create great results in minutes. 

 

The monthly releases were a big hit!

Instead of releasing random assets silently in the background, in 2017 we decided to try "monthly releases" which are a group of assets related to a single theme.

And they were a big hit! We successfully pushed out 12 releases for each month of 2017:

And for most releases we included a youtube video, and some of them went viral!

The Street Release video got 188,000 views:

But the most popular of all was the metal release video, which got 695,000 views!

 

No scene breakdowns... yet

We initially thought that artists would come to Poliigon when they already had a scene in mind. Like 'I'm making a city scene, so I'll come to Poliigon for roads'.

And while that's common, we've also discovered that oftentimes you need a boost of inspiration to show what is possible.

So something you'll see more in 2018 are Scene Breakdown videos. We don't have any to show you yet, but we hope to show the first in January. Stay tuned!

 

What's in store for 2018...

Now that you know the highs and lows of last year, I want to show you something we've been working on in the background for many months: models.

Here's a sneak peek at the first release: interior models.

A soft ETA for the model platform is Q2 of 2018.

There's a few more surprises we hope to deliver this year, but for now that's all. Thanks for a great 2017 Poliigon users!

What can we improve on in 2018? Let us know in the comments!