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Blender Texture Disc Now Public Domain


Afbeelding 11.pngThe Blender Foundation today released the "Blender Texture Disc", a collection of high quality textures, into the Public Domain.

This collection was prepared by the Content Team of Not a Number (see the credits) and it was sold in the Blender e-shop until 2005.

I dug up the original product description that was prepared by the Not a Number marketing department:

The Blender Texture Disk features over 500 original textures and pre-made Blender materials compiled with the artist in mind. Compiled and produced by our own Blender artists, this carefully developed collection of high quality image textures, animated textures, materials and plug-ins is the ultimate extension for your Blender. It will allow you to create stunning images and animations faster and easier than ever!

A 12 page step-by-step guide for using the textures and materials in Blender is included with The Blender Texture Disk; so getting to work with these textures is a breeze.

Of course, the contents can be used in any creative software package that supports either the JPEG or TARGA image file format, making them suitable for general-purpose 2D & 3D computer art and animation, and include woods, metals, cloth, nature, patterns, skins, reflections, international signs and animated textures.

You know it's the perfect addition to your 3D library.

You do, don't you? :-) (Man, when I have a bad dream I still hear my old boss from back then saying stuff like this and snapping his fingers!)

You can download the Texture CD here.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Aaaawww, I'm so happy I could cry...wait...
    How about the textures by Nasa or "whats his name?" (planet texture maps and star maps mostly) that were also on the CD? ...
    On a side note: Yaaay, materials galore!
    bart, it would be nice if you could do a short about commercial usable resources, so we don't have to dig through the licenses ourselves (yes we trust you, feel the powerrrr?).

  2. Wow, thats great! I was just wondering, how long will these be available online? I'm on 56K but I'm planning on getting a (lazy) friend to download them for me...can't miss this! :)

  3. Oh, okay. Someone already got the torrent. Excellent.


    If you use the torrent you can stop the download right in the middle and continue it sometime later.

  4. Man what a great new ...

    I can't explain how much happy I felt when I openned this material and saw the high quality it has. It sounds incredible someone give it for free use.

    I think it expent months to be done or maybe years ...

    In my opinion each day I remember I left Maya to work with Blender in CG I become more convinced that I made the correct choice.

    I hope this comunity continues improving their capability of helping the Blender users being more motivated to learn more and more about CG.

    Very, very thanks...

    Tio Ilmo

  5. electroglyph on

    Hoxolotl, These are safe.

    NASA is funded by taxpayer dollars from the US government. Anything they have ever posted publically automatically belongs to the public. The people have already paid for them.

  6. Glad you like them.
    Haha, I remember how our main investor was so angry hat we had put a section "crappy" on the disc... O boy, did he so much 'not get it'.

  7. @Joeri: really? Sheesh... if instead they would have been angry at all those people flying around the world business class and sleeping in extremely expensive hotels... :)

  8. Well, the zip archive is invalid! I downloaded it twice and each time I either couldn`t unzip it or the unzipped files couldn`t be opened. Sth`s really wrong with the file!!

    And I was so happy when it was announced :

  9. So,... I've been reading this stuff of people who download free rars and zips and can't open them.
    First thing to blaim is ofcourse *them*.
    Getting pretty tired of this I waited for 30 minutes to download and another 10 to unzip and guess what? Works all fine here. Can't you first ask what could be wrong with your config or apps you use before putting blaim towards people who put effort and have a correct working machine?

  10. Thanks Joeri for your kind and useful answer:P I tried to d/load and unzip that disc several times, on two machines under different systems and with different zipping apps. The only difference I observed was that one just said it was unable to open the archive, and another unzipped it creating invalid files. I have no trouble d/loading and unzipping any other files, Joeri. It`s really sth wrong with the archive. And please take a rest before answering.

  11. It`s not an attack _personally_ against you, it`s just a trouble:P If you suggest there`s sth wrong with the unzip app, I`d be happy to see some suggestions rather than grumbling at "all these awful people having trouble with my excellent zip file". Really!

  12. Silgrin4d you are welcome :P

    Now if you'd started with "I`d be happy to see some suggestions" then you where on the right track.
    It's such a shame to see it's the last thing you write instead of the first.

    Since I d/load the same file as you did and unpacked it succesfully I know it archive is okay.
    So I suggest you swap to a real OS.

  13. I'm at work now and I just downloaded the .zip file and I couldn't unzip it in WinZip either. After looking into it some more, it turned out that the download had ended too early so I was left with a partial file. Stupid Windows still shows it as a 'complete' .zip file on my desktop though...

    When I download this file at home it works fine. To me, it looks like our corporate proxy server either cuts off large downloads or it terminated the download for another reason and this of course corrupted the download.

    When downloading, check that the resulting file is 229482683 bytes; it should then unzip fine.

    Maybe the same happened to you.

  14. Joeri:

    Thanks for saying I`m on the right track. I love it. :P
    I`m afraid my boss wouldn`t be happy to hear Win isn`t a real OS. I don`t know if she knows what an OS is at all:P I can get it under Win or not at all. Pity... :P

  15. Bart:

    Thanks. It was really what I hoped to obtain: an explanation what I should do to solve the problem, not how I should ask the question:

  16. Silgrin4d:

    Isn't the internet great? Just yell how other people stuff suck and still get friendly people that want to help you out. So,... it's not a "Well, the zip archive is invalid!" and a big appology from you is expected, regardless if you got an answer to what have suppost to be a question. (I thought the ! was an exclamation mark, not a question mark)

    It could also be a virus scanner on your side of the web that corrupts the zip.

    If your boss doesn't know what an OS is does she know what a d/load is :P

    Anyhow, I hope it works out for you, because they are the best textures ever!

  17. Hi all,
    I put the torrent above on my server too, so you should have at least one more seeder for this torrent.

    Best regards, Snarfster

  18. OK guys i am way new to blender like 2 have downloaded the textures but dont know how to get Blender to read them can i get some help?

    Thanks in advance

  19. okay Corey,
    go to and find or the wiki or buy a manual from the blender e-shop...
    Before using the textures you first need to model. And on the model smack (technical term) a material. And in the material editor assign the (image) texture. thats all, but get some reading done first, or if you must, some watching. New dvd(s) coming out with excellent learning material, also available as free download, watch this blendernation site for news updates on when and how. ~joeri

  20. thanks but i mean how do i get the textures into the program ...i have done alot of reading and alot of can do alot of things....i am a fast learner...but i need to know how i get the program itself to to accept the textures. they are not in the program right now.

  21. Can anybody mirror this CD? Is this done already? The has not been accessible for some weeks now and I fail to find any mirror by just googling.


  22. David Millet was friendly enough to provide hosting space, so go either browse the textures, or download the entire CD as a .zip or .tar.gz file (those files are around 225MB).

    the above paragraph was copied from your site, the links do not take me to where they promise, whats up with that?

    has it been moved?
    is it still available?
    have I been chasing an untamed aquatic fowl?


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