Astronomical Data Center
Catalog of Star charts and all things star related
Castle Image Archive
Everything castle related, including images of castles.
Free Art Textures
Small collection but good
Planetary Maps & POV-Ray Models
Evil Dr Ganymede's planetary maps site where you can download maps of other planets for use in 3D raytracing software such as POVRay, Lightwave, and 3DStudio. There's also a dowloadable model of the voyager space craft and other POV-Ray stuff.
3D Texture Libraries and Backgrounds from TextureWorld
Thousands of professional, high-quality, photorealisitc seamless textures for game developers and architects and more.
Free and pay-for resources for 3D artists
Download Planet Earth
Site contains links to DEM (digital elevation maps) of the entire globe in various resolutions.
A series of tiled images
Maps of the Solar Sysuem
Welcome to the solar system surface map database, a NASA/JPL/Caltech spyglass on the cosmos. Select your planetary system of choice and download maps, or browse the surface features of your favorite planet or satellite!
Italian sculpters links
Commercial Images for Topo maps/HF's Samples only
A large collection of Textures catagorized for easy selection.
Online Magazine with 3D Articles and tutorials
Absolute Background Textures Archive
2800+ Free Tiling Background Textures
The One-Stop Spot for Free Online Graphics, Tips, Tools & Resources. Seemless tilable textures available from the Downloads link.
Area Map Search Form
USGS Mapping Information
Body References for 3D artists
Human Anatomy Pictures for Artists.
Charles Poynton - Color technology
Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" about Gamma and Color in video, computer graphics, and print.
Computer Software for Tiling Images
Site contains a list of several software programs specifically for tiling images.
Doc Browns Background images/textures
Imageafter ** Free Images and Textures Database
Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.
Images FTP Free
Many catagories including Raytracing
From:3D Photorealism Toolkit - Images designed to tile.
Professional CDs$of seamless textures and lots of free samples.
Offers pictures of Nebula for background applications
NTMY's Digital Home
Some images, made with Povray 3.0. Mostly Starships and things of that kind . A small number of textures can be downloaded.
Phillean Wood Textures
A great collection of wood texture maps.
Photovault Stock Photos
Images of Pollen, Plant Pics, Photos, and Flowers. This is a very comprehensive photo data base and well worth the time exploring.
Photographic images that may be used as 3D textures in your scenes. All high resolution. 350+ images.
Put your 3D images on photographic prints
This site is geared towards 'developing' digital images or photos. But what can be done is to submit your 3D rendered scene as a JPEG file and they will print it on photographic quality 4x6 prints. If you sign up soon, the first 100 4X6 prints are free.
A growing gallery of the Web's most intriguing seamless textures. All images free for download. New images monthly.
Rob's Granite Page
Some images of rock
Stone texture library
Tiles and stone vendor with an incredible library of textures (marble, granite etc.)
Texture Land !
Here is a site of free lo-res and high-res manmade and natural textures.
About a dozen textures
Tiling backgrounds, textures, desktop wallpaper
Free textures. Just give credit. 19.1 Mb zipped. Bmp mostly and some jpg + tutorial to make textures with photoshop. All high quality textures with some very interesting patterns.
General Collection - some good
Texture, Maps, Materials, Bumps (skin)
Human and Monster textures
University collection - Many stones and brick textures
Free - These are poorly identified but sampling showed nice surprises
The Graphics File Format Page
These pages contain specifications for various graphics file formats; along with a number of relevant graphics utilities, information, and URLs.
The Internet Ray Tracing Competition
The Internet Ray Tracing Competition is an open competition. Deadline for still image submission is every two months, for animations, every three months. Participants may use any 3D rendering program they choose. If you want to see the best there is in 3D rendering and raytracing this is the place to go.
Travis Price Digital Craftsman
342 free photographic textures.
USGS us .DEM maps
Dem maps scaled at 1:1,000,000