Top 36 Blender add-ons, tutorials & assets for 3D animators
Blender is a powerful, free, and open source 3D modeling + animation suite.
The entire 3D design processes of modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking can be a time-consuming process.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best models, add-ons, character rigs, and more for Blender to help jumpstart your creative process. These Blender assets are all available for download from Gumroad.
Check out these awesome Blender resources from some of the most talented 3D graphics and VFX artists:
Blender Sci-Fi Remote Tutorial - Using Add-Ons
Looking to learn Blender using the industry's standard add-ons for Hard Surfaces? This Blender Sci-Fi remote tutorial by Carol Sung will guide you through the process of making the photorealistic Sci-Fi Remote pictured above. The presentation will demonstrate the modeling process as well as how and where to use BoxCutter, HardOps, MESHmachine, and MACHIN3tools. After you’ve finished the model, you will use DECALmachine to add details.
DESIGN MAGIC by Chipp Walters aims to speed up the drafting and iteration of 3D designs for hard surfaces. And it’s accomplished in the most simple of ways: Using Chipp’s very-own KIT OPS addon. DESIGN MAGIC is essentially a collection of more than 200 intelligently designed INSERTS that allow you to drag and drop on your objects and model directly. You can use it with KIT OPS 2 PRO to take advantage of all the new snapping features and immediately access your KPACKS with customizable Favorites buttons.
Stylized Adidas Superstars
These 3D Adidas shoes are an original asset created from-scratch: modeled and textured by Cali 3D. They were designed for use in Unity and more specifically, VRChat. This 3D model of a pair of Adidas shoes is featured-packed: with the stylized Superstar texture set (based on the real thing), along with 10 alternative texture sets, and 4 different emission masks that will work for every color scheme (plus a grungy variation of each mask)! There are also 2 different versions of the shoe's mesh included: one is 20k polygons per shoe, the other is 10k polygons per shoe.
Stylized Female + Head Anatomy Bundle
This asset is a stylized Anatomy Ecorche + Head created by George Zaky during a study. This 3D model bundle includes a simplified full-body anatomy: skeleton, Head + Neck Muscles, Torso (front and back) Muscles, Arm Muscles, Leg Muscles, and Fat Pads. Use this Blockout as a base to accelerate your next project with detailed 3D anatomy.
Halftone Node Tree
This ultra nifty Haltone Node Tree tool for creating photorealistic poster textures in Blender is a tree of nodes that transforms an image input into a texture with the halftone effect. Watch how it works in the YouTube video here, or download it from Crazy Pixel School today & try it out for yourself!
VPF Starter Decals Shapes Set
This collection of Starter Hardsurface decals from Vertex Polyfort is a versatile addition to any Blender user’s library. This set of decals is ready-to-use with Decal Machine, with alpha & substance painter variant folders for use in other programs. With over 100 decals in total, this free download includes 90 2D Decal shapes and 42 Hardsurface decals.
Hex Muscles Tutorial
This is a step-by-step modeling and rendering tutorial on how to create the Hex Cyber Muscles seen in the cover above. The tutorial runs at normal speed with real-time narration of every action, starting from a blank scene to the final product image. Although Armored Colony (the creator of this tutorial) used a paid addon for Blender called Curve Basher to generate the cables coming out of the tips, you can still follow along using this vanilla blender technique.
Follow along with this video tutorial from Chuck CG for creating buildings with displacement maps in blender using Adaptive Subdivision. This asset consists of 2 displacements to create 3D buildings with Japanese signs (as seen in the preview image) and the 4096×4096 textures, with color, roughness, emissive and displacement maps included.
Grid Breaker Add-On (Alpha) for Blender
With over 100+ downloads & 5-star ratings, this tool is clearly a powerful add-on for any Blender user. Effortlessly generate grid cells meshes with controllable & randomized parameters. The Grid Breaker add-on by Andrey Sokolov is perfect for ultra-fast creation of sci-fi panels, city landscapes and many more. The software is currently in it’s free PRE-ALPHA version, but “works pretty stable” in the words of the creator — try it out today & help test this promising tool (use at your own risk) for Blender.
Oney's Blender 2D Tutorial
This Blender 2D tutorial from Chris O’Neill (Oney) is “no BS,” quick, highly-informative, and covers all the important details to make 2D toons in Blender, and FAST. This one 23 minute video will teach you everything you need. With this download, you get the 2D animation tutorial, and a bonus tutorial on importing sound.
Erindale Toolkit - Advanced Primitives and Camera Culling for Geometry Nodes
The Erindale Toolkit of 44 advanced node groups from Erindale contains more advanced tools created for Geometry Nodes workflows: starting with v0.1, which focused on camera culling and LOD tools, to v0.2+ which can also generate points procedurally to provide advanced arrays and instancing. Automatically optimize an instance-heavy scene by restricting instances only to the area within view of the camera with Camera Culling, or go even further with LODs (Levels of Detail) for reducing the visual fidelity of distant meshes. The generator nodes allow for much more complex positioning of instances such as architectural form finding and motion graphics.
Rig Anything with Rigify
Do you find rigging in Blender difficult & time-consuming? Worry not: an addon called Rigify ships with Blender, but it's not enabled by default & can be a bit unintuitive without guidance, therefore many people don't even know it exists. Follow along with the included video tutorial from Todor (ToshiCG) and learn how you can Rig Anything with Rigify: when used properly, the add-on can rig just about any character. With three modules: Rigify Basics, Video Manual, and Advanced Sessions, this course covers how to use all of Rigify’s key features!
Lightning Boy Shader 2.1 - Make Any NPR Style (Blender 2.93 / EEVEE)
Lighting Boy Shader 2.1 offers a layer-based system for creating NPR styles. The add-on from Lightning Boy Studio was originally designed for Blender 2.91, but has now been fully optimized for 2.93 and repackaged for improved performance and usability. This tool is highly-intuitive to use, with all the options found in the Shader Editor, either through the LBS panel on the right, or by creating new nodes with Shift-A. Watch the video in the link below for an overview of what it can do: The Lightning Boy Shader was developed in collaboration with Kolupsy for the animated series Dinomancers.
Keyboard Render Kit for Blender
Keyboard Render Kit is a Blender kit by Imperfect Link designed to dramatically accelerate your keyboard designs and keycap colorways. It starts with a focused UI layout paired with a handy profile switcher helps you try out 7 different profiles & nearly 1800 individual keycap models! To get you started, the default extended kit layout includes 20+ excellent keyboard models to see your colorways in action + a deck of common layouts to help quickly populate your own keyboard designs.
RollerDerbyGirl - Production Ready 3D Model
If you’re a 3D artist or a rigger looking for a model: the RollerDerby Girl “production-ready” 3D model by Sergi Caballer is a great find. This high-quality 3D character includes multiple accessories and highly-detailed, production-quality parts – fully UVed & ready for you to jump into texturing! In case you want to hone your skills as a rigger, you have a neutralized model with a production-quality clean topology body and parts and multiple accessories to experiment with your technical skills. This asset includes the neutralized model with a production-quality clean topology on body and parts, production quality UVs on all the elements, and a set of 10 main facial shapes.
Blender for Car Design Course (for Beginners)
This Blender 3D design course from Berk Kaplan focuses on car design, with the promise of going from sketch to 3D in just two days! You can use the techniques in this tutorial to bring your ideas to life in the 3D world with Blende! It is great for beginners and for designers and will not model existing cars: instead you will learn how to bring your own ideas into 3D, perfect for ideation process.
Bony Rig for Blender
This Bony character rig for Blender was originally created by Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin, and adapted with Rigify for Blender by Luciano Munoz. You can practice body mechanics with this appealing & friendly rig, plus it's easily customizable! With just one add-on requirement to use the picker GUI, you’ll be off to the races with this versatile character rig.
Kritz Cam Pro + Addon for Blender 2.93
KRITZ CAM PRO is a new add-on for Blender 3d from Matias Kritz that allows you to add cameras to a scene along with its focus control and constraints, as well as change focal lengths and F-STOPS in a simple way. If you don’t want to waste time creating cameras and setting constraints, but want to be able to make changes on the fly in regards to F-STOPS and focal lengths, KRITZ CAM PRO is for you. Click below to watch the YouTube videos and/or download this add-on.
Universal Human Body Rig
The Universal Human Body Rig includes the rigged human base mesh is the framework upon which Chris Jones’ formerly entitled "Perpetual Multipurpose Personal Person Project" is based. This 3D model project was created to alleviate the burden of rigging, weight painting, retopologising, UV unwrapping and generally having to reinvent the wheel for every new humanoid character. Due to popular demand, the base mesh and rig is now available for general consumption under the more pronounceable "Universal Human" project. Now you can have your very own personal person too!
Lips Detail Alpha Pack
Sculpting detailed lips by hand can be awfully difficult and time consuming: that’s why Todor (ToshiCG) created this pack of Lip Detail alphas dedicated exclusively to detailing lips! Instead of spending hours working on the lip area, you can get beautiful results within minutes. This download includes 5 sets of lips, each conveniently split into chunks to simplify detailing the curved surface of the lips, along with workflow guides, showing how to get perfect results from your alphas for Blender, zBrush, Substance Painter, 3dcoat.
Blender Creative Package #5 | Moss, Smudge and Dirt Nodes
This Blender Creative Package of 3 Procedural Node Groups that will let you add Smudges, Moss and Dirt on any model in your scene! The asset created by RenderRides comes with pre-made materials with detailed annotations and a few different types of objects to test out and thoroughly understand how these materials work, as well as a free video tutorial available on YouTube (see below).
Blaze Add-On for Blender
The Blaze add-on from R Animation Studios makes creating a cinematic fire shader in Blender easy. If you’re struggling with tweaking material repeatedly to achieve a good-looking fire, this is the solution for you. Save your time and get better results: whether making nuclear explosions, sci-fi blasts, or a campfire scene, or anything else you imagine! Easily do it all in the click of a button, 35+ different color presets to achieve vibrant look and superpowered effects, with huge depth in colors.
Game Rig Tools (Blender Add-On)
Would you like to export rigged and animated characters from Blender to Unreal(UE4 and UE5), Unity, Godot, and most other Game Engines? Then the Game Rig Tools add-on for Blender created by Todor (ToshiCG) is just for you! Game Rig Tools can save you a ton of time and help you avoid pitfalls in your Blender to Game Engines Character workflow. Though this add-on does not rig for you, it helps generate an optimized game-ready rig out of an existing Control Armature so you can use your existing Blender rigs.
Blaze Add-On for Blender
This Beefy character rig was originally created by Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin for Maya, then adapted with Rigify for Blender by Luciano Munoz. With the latest update, the New Beefy rigged includes an x-pose picker for easy-use. Practice body mechanics with this easily customizable rig!
Atmospheric Forest Scene in Blender 2.8
Get the project files for one of RenderRides’ most popular YouTube videos: the Atmospheric Forest Scene for Blender! With this download, you’ll get the entire project: with all models, materials, textures & lighting already set up for you. Created in Blender 2.8, this moonlit scene is moody & intricate.
Colorkey in Blender
In this tutorial, Jorge Barrero shares his process to make quick Colorkeys in BLENDER (no color theory). Follow along with this ~32-min video to create the provided 3D scene with shaders. Jorge has kindly included his website & social media with the link below, in case you have any questions!
Procedural Buildings with Geometry Nodes
This Procedural Building System with Geometry Nodes from Felipe Del Rio is available on Gumroad (same as the demo file on the official Blender website)! Felipe created this tutorial in hopes that sharing this file with the community would help you understand how it works and maybe even inspire you to make something cool with geometry nodes.
Maxtree Plant Models Vol. 74
Plant Models Vol 74 is a collection of high-quality 3D plant models. This pack includes 12 species across a wide variety genuses: from Acer to Fraxinus and Maclura. In total, this collection from Maxtree contains 72 single models.
Parametric Rope Bridge for Geometry Nodes
This asset is a Parametric Rope Bridge for Geometry Nodes in Blender 3.x created by Erindale. Simply append the included ETK_ROPE BRIDGE node tree datablock to your scene and you can place it on any object (like any other Geometry Nodes tree). This asset is incredibly easy-to-use: you can simply drag & drop from the Asset Browser onto an active node tree. Add dimension to your outdoor and nature scenes with this highly realistic & extensible rope bridge.
Madness Combat Models
These Madness Combat Models were created by MAN_ticore making for their own animations. These models include 12+ different characters from Madness Combat. The archive includes Blender files + PBR textures, with all rigs and materials set up for easy use. The Original Madness Combat and all its characters belong to Krinkels: these assets are for non-commercial use only.
Ultimate Concrete Shader (Lite)
This free-to-use procedural shader was created by Rahul Parihar for Blender Cycles and Eevee, with weather effects and realistic details like cracks and damage. Accelerate your workflow with the Ultimate Concrete Shader’s easy customization options — no UV unwrapping or texturing needed. Effortlessly create photorealistic concrete with this procedural shader!
Ultimate 104 Animal SkinPack V.2
The Ultimate Animal SkinPack V.2 has everything you need to create 3D animals with highly-realistic skin. These assets from Renan Assuncao are not only compatible with Blender, but also Zbrush and Substance Painter. With 104 TIFs and PSDs (each), this pack includes textures ranging from wrinkles for all body parts (neck, stomach, rump, etc.) to animal-specific skin assets (ie. crocodile, snake) assets. To help you get started, multiple tutorials for using & applying the brushes are included with this download.
Nord Decal Set
The Nord Decal Pack from Mark B Tomlinson comes with 300+ decals for Blender DecalMachine and Kit Ops. This set contains the original PNG file in the Kit Ops versions so you can use them with any DCC tools and don't need Blender for the basic use of decal. You can use the decals without having the Blender Add-ons or in other DLC like Maya etc: simply extract the Kitops archives and copy the PNG files from there!
Procedural Tree Bark Material
The Procedural Tree Bark Tutorial by Ryan King Art is a nifty introduction to rendering tree bark material in Blender. This download includes the project files from this <15-min tutorial (watch on YouTube below): including the Procedural Tree Bark file for Blender, final renders, product images, and HDRI lighting. Easily & quickly learn how to create realistic tree bark in Blender!
Universal Human Face Rig
Used independently or as a facial upgrade for the Body Rig from Chris Jones (mentioned earlier), this rigged head base mesh allows you to skip the painstaking rigging, weight painting, retopologising, shape key shaping and UV unwrapping, so you get straight to the fun stuff. With controls for easily customising and even animating skeletal proportions, the Universal Human Face Rig provides a flexible, human-shaped canvas for sculpting, texturing, posing and animating myriad expressive humans, humanoid creatures and stylised characters.
Liandi CGI Splash Pack
This Splash Pack from Liandi CGI makes it easy to add 3d splashes to your product renders! Add a little extra touch to set your models apart from your competition. This download consists of 21 different high resolution 3D models for static splashes to add to your Cinema 4D or Blender projects — mix and match for unique results! The Splash Pack also includes a PDF tutorial for making your own splashes with Blender and FLIP Fluids.
Nina & Alex, Blender Rigs Pack
Nina and Alex are Blender rigs, ready to be animated. This pair of rigs from Isabelle Grandguillot includes animation-friendly controllers and pickers, FK/IK switch and snap, clothes and hair variations, and easy color modification. The latest update includes two controllers for smile: both rig-based, and blendshape-based. Bring your scenes to life with Nina and Alex!
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