AmazingTexures.com offers about 100 free high-resolution textures and much more ad mid-res. If you register for a small annual fee you can download the high-resolution version of any image available.
Brick, Vent, Concrete, Door, Metal, Sign, Street, Wall, Wood, Bush, Building, Grass, Ground, Rock, Tile. The most populated is the Building category. There are no organic textures nor human or animal references and very few “marble” instances.
Resolution and file size
Although you need to register to download the high resolution textures there are many mid-resolution images higher than 1000 pixel. That would not make them suitable for HD or film resolution 3D texturing but it would allow to have a fair result for distant objects.
I was able to find only JPEG format textures. The file sizes are in the range: 500 Kb to more than 1 MB.
Cropping and Framing
Browsing quickly and checking the mid-res of some textures I see that they are quite good in terms of editing: straight, low deformation, flat lighting, adequate cropping make Amazing textures suitable for almost immediate application in a 3D package.
I didn’t find any multi-channel image maps to apply the textures on different shading channels as: diffuse, bump, specular maps. You will need to extract the other versions on your own.
There is a section dedicated to tiled textures where users can find about 50 images but the freely accessible versions have a very low resolution.
There are 88 free high resolution textures accessible for registered users but to download any other of the available images you need to pay an annual subscription fee of 20$.
Or if you upload 10 high resolution images Amazing Textures will give you full access membership.
Textures are organized by one level of categories in the main page. The search function is simple but effective: I was able to find results for “wood planks”, “red bricks” but less relevancy for “roof”, “pavement”
They accept textures donated by users minimum resolution 1600 by 1200 pixels.
There is a “New images” section showing latest uploads.
The latest report the date 13.11.2008 dowunloaded about 2000 times.
Users can register for free to the site and can rate textures, download sample textures at high resolution, gather up to 10 textures to download simultaneously, upload textures.
This is how they deal with user contributions:
Contributions to AmazingTextures.com
Where you submit any contribution to AmazingTextures.com (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) you agree, to grant AmazingTextures.com a perpetual, royalty-free licence to modify, delete, sell, distribute and make available to the public. If you do not want to grant to AmazingTextures.com the rights set out above, please do not submit your contribution to AmazingTextures.com
By submitting your contribution to this AmazingTextures.com , you confirm that:
– your contribution is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to AmazingTextures.com
– your contribution is not defamatory
– your contribution does not infringe any law
– you indemnify AmazingTextures.com against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by AmazingTextures.com as a result of your contribution
– you waive any moral rights in your contribution for the purposes of its publication on AmazingTextures.com.
You can upload the 3D artwork done with Amazing Textures by registering as a free users and going to the gallery. I found about 70 images there.
From the Disclaimer section: “Free Textures are for personal use only; If you would like to use them for commercial use please pay for the subscription. Its only $20 :) For the full DVD disc of all the textures please email a request. Its $40”.
Get you free and commercial textures at: http://www.amazingtextures.com