New Carpet on Poliigon

A good carpet is hard to find.

That's not the usual expression, but it's true when it comes to visualizing interior design. You've got your wood, you've got your stone, and now you've got a brand new set of Carpets.

The trouble with most carpet textures online is that they’re photographed. Which is fine for some materials, but not fabric. Photographing fabric isn’t ideal for two reasons…

Problem #1: Tileability

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When you photograph fabric, you need to make each line of thread meet the other end. And at the microscopic scale of fabric, this is often impossible, leading to obvious signs of tiling.


Problem #2: Blurriness

The size of each thread is so small that traditional cameras simply can’t capture it with clarity. And we tried every conceivable method!

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The Poliigon Solution

To solve both of these problems, we created this new carpet collection digitally. This ensures they’re fully seamless and hyper sharp.

That means you can focus on making art, knowing that the carpet will make the rest of your scene beautiful.

 

There are 64 new carpet materials, all based off 2019 interior design trends.

Top Renders from February 2019

It’s time for the monthly roundup! Here’s our favourite artworks found on Artstation mentioning Poliigon.

by NICK

The Winner

Love it! Such a strong composition and color scheme. Although Poliigon wasn’t the only resource used, it played a part and therefore is eligible. For his hard work, Oskar has one himself a free 12-months of Poliigon Production!

How to feature here next month

  1. Make something call using Poliigon assets

  2. Post it to Artstation and tag Poliigon as the software used, or just write “Poliigon” somewhere in the description.

  3. We’ll feature our favourite renders on the blog and award the best a year of Poliigon Production!

Top Renders from January '19

Time for the monthly community art roundup! Here’s our favs from January 2019:

Created by Arnaldo Souza

Created by Sady Fofana

Created by Martin Dimitrov

Created by Nick Brunner

Created by Matteo Morana

Render of the Month

Created by Martin Dimitrov

Love that gold lighting! As render of the month, Martin has won himself 12-months of the Production Plan.

 

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon assets

Step 2: Post it to ArtStation and include Poliigon in the ‘Software used’ section.

Step 3: Check the blog the following month to see if you were feature. The best render wins 12 months of Poliigon Production :)

Top Renders from December 2018

As is tradition, we like to round up the top renders from the community, posted to ArtStation with the words “Assets from Poliigon” somewhere in the description.

Here’s the top renders from December 2018…

Render of the month:

Now THAT’s quality decor. Love those ornate rug patterns!

For being render of the month, Andrey has won himself 1-year of a Poliigon Production plan!

A big thank you to everyone who created works this month! It’s always a treat to see what the community is making.

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon assets

Step 2: Post it to ArtStation and include Poliigon in the ‘Software used’ section.

Step 3: Check the blog the following month to see if you were feature. The best render wins 12 months of Poliigon Production :)

New Wood on Poliigon

If you pay attention to interior design trends, you might have noticed natural materials popping up more and more.

While it used to only be the ultra rich that could afford marble and stone, it’s now becoming affordable to everyone.

Even McDonalds is getting in on the action.

So we recently added stone, marble, ceramic, bamboo to help you visualize this.

But when material category that desperately needed some love was Wood.

After consulting with an interior design studio, we created over 100 new wood materials based on the popular wood treatments available today.

Walnut, pine, oak, hickory, burl, flooring, flat, and more.

If you can’t find the wood from this new collection, let us know in the comments, but we think we’ve got it covered.

Our existing collection of 60 wood materials has also been remastered with more accurate maps and a 1:1 aspect ratio.

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Here’s some examples of what you can do with the new wood:

New HDRs on Poliigon

If you watched our previous video on HDR lighting, you already know why it’s important. It’s the closest thing to a “make awesome” button in 3D, giving realistic light and reflections instantly.

So we’re pleased to be releasing a massive 44 new + 89 remastered HDRs.

89 Remastered HDRs

Our entire HDR library has been recalibrated to provide more accurate lighting. No more tweaking the contrast or multiply values. It now works out of the box!

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Previous

Remastered

Here’s the total list of all remastered HDRs:

44 New HDRs

A new collection of HDRs from Turkey and the USA, under a variety of conditions and new locations. Perfect for scene lighting, VFX and look dev:



Top Community Renders from November 2018

It’s time for the monthly roundup of our favourite images shared by our community on ArtStation. Let’s go!

And the render of the month is…

Natural lighting and beautiful interior design are always a beautiful combo. As render of the month, Martin has won himself a year of Poliigon Production!

A big thank you to everyone who created works this month! It’s always a treat to see what the community is making.

How to feature here next month

Step 1: Make something cool using Poliigon assets

Step 2: Post it to ArtStation and include Poliigon in the ‘Software used’ section.

Step 3: Check the blog the following month to see if you were feature. The best render wins 12 months of Poliigon Production :)

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 on Poliigon

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.