New Rugs on Poliigon

A big part of your job as a 3D artist is solving problems.

“How can we make the trees look good?”
”How can we get the rendertimes down?”

At Poliigon we see our job as helping you solve some of those problems.

This month we’re solving rugs.

Every hard floor interior needs one, but they’re surprisingly hard to find online. And good ones even more so.

After a lot of internal R&D we create a set of rugs that are based on today’s interior design trends, look great but don’t cost you in render times.

In essence, a render optimized, great looking rug:

Here’s what our internal art department achieved with them:

We hope you like them!

Got a suggestion for a future release? Let us know in the comments below.

Top Renders from April 2019

Another month, another recap! Here’s our favourite renders found on ArtStation last month, tagged with Poliigon:

Render of the Month

Usually we pick just one image, but this entire set of images by Daniel Diaz Del Castillo is astounding. Once again Daniel sets the bar high.

How to feature here next month

  1. Post your work to ArtStation

  2. Tag “Poliigon” in the software used section, or mention us in the description

  3. Check the recap post next month to see if you were featured

  4. Render of the month receives a full 12-months of Production Plan

Top Renders from March 2019

Time for another community recap! Here are the top renders made with Poliigon assets last month…

Created by Wojtek Fikus

Created by  Shodeinde Olamide
Created by  Shodeinde Olamide

Created by Alan Campos

The Render of the Month

Created by Pavel Filimonov

Beautiful environment! Love the texturing and lighting. For his hard work, Pavel has won himself 12-months of Poliigon Production.

Big thanks to everyone who featured here! Some really stunning images this month :)

How to feature here next month

  1. Create something awesome that uses Poliigon assets

  2. Post it to Artstation and tag Poliigon under Software used

  3. Wait to the end of the month to see if you made the list

The render of the month wins an annual Poliigon Production plan!

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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