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I just based my landscape material on this. I just wish I could exactly figure out what is going on with normals, ao and displacement here.
That was extremely helpful! Thank you!
Xfrog has presented a set of 160 free plants and trees, which you can use in your projects! There are tons of 3d models for all kinds of environments. UPDATE: These aren’t for commercial and they don’t contain the full file just the .tifs. Bummer.
Over the past 19 years, the company has constructed over 3,000 plant models and translated them in 12 popular formats, and the 160 Free Plants represent one (or more) Species from each of their 31 libraries so you may learn and appreciate both the wide biodiversity and botanical accuracy of the company’s plant libraries.
The models are built in a laborious multi-part process:
First, our experts visit botanical gardens worldwide to photograph and gather the leaf and bark for each plant. After the gather, we compare our notes and consult our “plant form” reference books to extrapolate the one plant into seasons and ages. We then browse whatever online photos of the leaves, bark, and representative plants we can find, to “final confirm” our seasons and ages. Then we use all the above materials to model the 3 to 9 plant variations needed for each Species to be able to make ecosystems renders.
Xfrog plants are Procedural systems – plants are not only available in 10 different 3d mesh formats, but also in XFR format (Xfrog) and as such you can animate procedural characteristics such as branching, plant growth, age, variations, or raise or lower polygonal complexity, with their software:
Xfrog 5.3 for Maya, Xfrog 5.3 for Cinema 4D and Xfrog for Windows.