Naturally, as a solo dev, I go to a lot of places to get resources I can't make myself (though bear in mind, if nobody made a resource you need, you might have to make your own). This page is mostly for me so I can keep track of what I use, but feel free to use it for yourself. Note some sites only support one
keyword, and click the button to search on said site. Note that most sites require a username.
If you know any other sites with plenty of free resources and is easy to use, please let me know. If I try it and do not trust the source, it will not be listed.
Resources I have created
The buttons are sorted by ease of use. For instance, sketchfab comes before opengameart because they spell out which free resources can and cannot be used for commercial work while opengameart requires you to research the license.
- TuxGuitar: Even if you don't make music, you can use this program to make jingle sound effects and export them as .wav
- LMMS: An easy to use music editor (open source equivilant to FruityLoops) that anyone can learn; even non-musicians.
- Audacity: edit sound effects and record.
- Sculptris: quickly sculpt together 3D shapes and paint on directly on to the mesh. I've made some starting shapes to use in place of spheres on google drive
- Smoothie-3D: Create 3D models from photos. Note that the photo has to be symetrical.
- irfanview: easy to use image converter and editor.
- Blender: Takes a while to learn, but it's one of the best 3D modelling software and is completely free
- GIMP: Free alternative to photoshop, not nearly as good (not even compared to CS2), but better than MS Paint. Plugins I use:
- Spritesheet: very handy if you make a big animation in Blender and want to quickly make a png spritesheet.
- Neo Texture Edit: free, open source texture creator.
- Notepad++: Handy notepad editor. I personally use it for HTML, but it has a lot of functions including compiliation abilities.
- Tiled Map Editor: I rarely use it, but it comes in handy sometimes. It can export as an image. Not helpful in Unity, but if you ever use a game library it can be helpful (such as with LibGDX)
- Sketchup: Very handy in making buildings and level geometry in Unity. Takes care of UV Mapping for you.
- CS2 Creative Suite: Adobe has released this as "Abandonware" (software that is no longer making the company money and therefore is released for free). It's considered obsolete, but it has a better photo and video editor than what comes with Windows 10.
You will have to use the serial numbers Adobe provides, but the activation servers are down and activating does nothing.
Page last modified: March 02 2019 .