Reynante Martinez writes:
Hey, Blender artists, I've got some awesome news for you!
In cooperation with the awesome John Roper, we're very proud to announce the Lite version of CMV—all the essentials of the The Cycles Material Vault for half the price! Have fun with CMV and happy materializing! :)
Get it now at www.cyclesmaterialvault.com
CMV Lite includes:
- the powerful addon
- one bonus model
- complete guides and documentation
- 49 high quality materials
Awesome renders courtesy of Ravissen Pillay and Jan Morek.
Love the materials and the package, just really find it a shame that Blender does not include something so basic as a material library by default.
How true! Since the day I started way back in 2.4x, I wondered why there wasn't at least 5-10 basic materials to call up, and then edit as required. It probably deters a large percentage of new users, as once they've extruded/mangled the default cube, they want to make it shiny metal and press F12. But instead they hit a massive obstacle to make a material, so give up and uninstall. I would never pay for any material library since there are so many tutorials showing how to create your own, and by doing so you'll also understand how they work.
Agreed, the increasing "Pay Wall' in Blender concerns me. .. it's damaging to the entire Ethos. This is not directed at Reynante.
I kind of feel that it would be better and more in the intentions of the Blener Foundation if they made a free, limited sub-set of the materials available. This would let people who can't or won't pay have access to some of these great materials, and would probably lead to further sales, when people discover how easy it it to get good results using them.
I am in two minds about non-free things for Blender. On the one hand, you have the right to be paid for hard work put in; many things would not exist if the producer was not able to get paid for their hard work. On the other hand, Blender is free, and free stuff is great.
Yes, a default set of materials would be nice but it's also nice not having a large zip file to download every time I want a new version of Blender. I guess they could offer it as a separate download.
Anyway, stuff like the CMV and Grass Essentials works great for me since I use Blender professionally and don't have time to create all of my shaders from scratch. I'm an owner of both products and they've paid for themselves many times over so I'm happy.