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Download Apocalypse Matte Painting VFX

Download Apocalypse VFX matte painting assets here

ProductionCrate has just released a huge new bundle of apocalyptic assets!

Transforming an entire scene into a wasteland is one of the most enjoyable VFX projects you can take on. You can bring destruction to buildings, roadways, cars, plants, and just about anything that you like, taking inspiration from the Walking Dead, the Umbrella Academy or 28 Days Later. Though often this can involve many hours of tedious work to create each individual feature of the scene.

Thankfully, we’re here to help. We’ve created over 50 set extension assets to help you construct your post-apocalyptic VFX shots. Let’s take a look at some!

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

This apocalyptic city is perfect for distant set extensions. All our assets have been pre-keyed and are ready for you to import into almost any compositing software, whether that is After Effects, Hitfilm, Fusion or Premiere Pro. We even have several different lighting variations, so that you can choose the one that best matches the environment of your shot.

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

We also have over 25 damaged car assets for you to download and composite onto your empty roads. There are two different car types, all with a huge range of angles, lighting conditions and shadow mattes – so you can be sure that these will blend into your shot without any trouble. For even more variation, you can even change the hue and saturation of the car paint! Download these destroyed car set extension effects here. 

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

We’ve also added some awesome large-scale smoke plume graphics! These PNG effects are perfect for distant smoke and are incredibly easy to use with their transparent backgrounds. We also have several HD animated smoke plumes if you want to include motion in these effects which you can download here. Use these to help create an atmosphere in your scene that no other practical effect can!

Download HD VFX Smoke Plume Assets

Time for an in-depth look at how you can composite these into your scene! Chris and Adrian cover all the techniques you will need in this especially awesome Saturday Morning tutorial:


We’ll love to see what you can create with these stunning effects! If you want to learn how you can composite a nuclear blast into this post-apocalyptic landscape, check out this tutorial here. 

Download Space Matte Painting VFX Assets

Download space matte painting VFX assets here

Space is every VFX artist’s dream!

Planets, nebula, galaxies, stars, black holes and thousands of other interstellar features can be built together into a spectacular colorful mess.

In cinema, there are no rules to what our galactic scenery can look like. We can experience the dark and dangerous feel of Interstellar, or the vivid and lively action packed sets from Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’re new here, ProductionCrate is a library of thousands of visual effects, sound effects, graphics and other creative resources – all available for you to download to save time and money! Here you can access a whole bundle of space related effects to build your incredible VFX projects.

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

One of our favorite collections is the huge array of nebula assets. These come as high resolution (4000×4000) graphics that you can composite into your space backgrounds. This can be done in most compositing software, such as After Effects, Hitfilm or Nuke. You may even drop several of them into your 3D software to create 3D nebulae instantly!

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

If you need to get started, check out our basic star texture background. This will be the perfect canvas for you to start building out your scene.

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

We’ll love to see what you create with these space VFX assets. You can check out a full tutorial which will breakdown the pipeline behind CGI a space scene.

If you want to check out even more cool content, have a look at our Helictoper VFX tutorial!

 

 

New High Resolution Sky Textures

Sky Replacement requires both work and the right ingredients. Keying out the sky is the first step, a nice blue sky will provide you with an easy key, or enough contrast between the sky and the foreground elements will let you pull a luma-matte. Whatever technique you go with, you’ll still need to have the right image for your new sky. That’s where our latest assets to GraphicsCrate come in.

With over 20 new High Resolution Sky Textures, we’ve got you covered. Sunsets, stormy weather, bright blues and those classic white clouds are all available. Never leave your videos with boring skies ever again!

The ultra-high resolution images are available for our Pro Users. Free users can download preview images, with enough resolution for 720p video.

 

 

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

Download 8K HDRI maps here.

Say hello to your new source of specialist HDRI environment maps!

GraphicsCrate has widened its ever-expanding library of assets for visual artists by releasing over 25 HDRI maps, all ready to download. Our CG approach to creating these meant we are able to provide an exclusive range of environments unlike any other, such as space, oceans and at cloud-level.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

We’ve also ensured that all of these have an un-clipped high dynamic range, meaning you can drop these into your 3D scenes and get the perfect lighting instantly.

These graphics are unlike any other, giving you the power to realistically light a spacecraft orbiting Earth, or even an aircraft mid-flight.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

Our 8K resolution maps allow them to be used directly as backgrounds in your 3D projects without any further compositing.

Once downloaded, it’s yours forever! You can use it in games, 3D rendering and compositing to create the perfect look for your scene.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

These textures are in .hdr format, which is compatible with most industry standard software such as 3ds Max, Cinema4D, Maya and Houdini, meaning you will never have to go through the hassle of converting to another file format.

Need even more 3D content? Discover our road materials here!

 

Using our Puddle Maps!

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you’ve stumbled upon our puddle map collection and wondered, “What on Earth are these for?”. You’re not alone!

If you’ve had some experience with 3D design, you may be familiar with “glossy maps” or “reflection maps”. These are textures which can tell rendering software how “shiny” an object is. Think of a white texture being for a mirror (very shiny), and a dark gray texture used for concrete (very dull and matted). We discovered we can use these in After Effects to create utterly-realistic reflections to help composite VFX into your scene, or just make it visually incredible. You may have seen Andrew Kramer’s Video Copilot tutorial which involved a similar process.

We have dropped one of our fire VFX assets (found here) into our street, but anyone can see it is looking pretty dull at the moment! Our mission is to make this look both realistic and more visually interesting!

Puddle Tutorial Part 1

We will then need one of our puddle maps. There are different varieties (such as asphalt, tiles, road surfaces and more), so choose which one best fits your shot. Drop it into your scene, make it 3D, and align it with your ground:

Puddle Tutorial Part 2

Here is where you might see where this is going! Duplicate any of the layers you want to reflect in the puddle. In this case, the fire and the backdrop. We’ll name them the same but with “Reflection” at the end. Pre-compose the puddle map as well.

Puddle Tutorial Part 3

For each of the “Reflection” layers, flip it vertically and position it in a place where it would approximately match what it would look like if the floor was a gigantic mirror. Here’s my attempt (with the walls roughly masked out):

Puddle Tutorial Part 4

(Same process with the fire)

Puddle Tutorial Part 5

You then want to pre-compose these newly reflecting layers, all into the same composition. We’ll now be looking at something like this in our layer panel:

Puddle Tutorial Part 6

Now for the magic moment! Apply the “Compound Blur” effect to our reflection layer. The compound blur effect is similar to a traditional blur, except it blurs an image with its blur strength dependant on another texture (so brighter areas are blurred more than darker ones). Set our blur layer to our Puddle Map, and turn up the Maximum Blur parameter. You’ll quickly see everything fitting into shape!

Puddle Tutorial Part 7

Puddle Tutorial Part 8

It may take a little bit of experimentation since no project is the same. For example, setting this layer to an Alpha Inverted Matte might fix some issues you may have to your scene. You can even try using different puddle maps from the range in our collection.

You can then mask out any areas you don’t want a blur to appear on, such as these posts which are trying to make our life difficult.

Puddle Tutorial Part 9

Lastly, as we have a fire in our scene, it’s mandatory to add a glow effect (we can go deeper into this in another tutorial!).

Puddle Tutorial Part 10

Hopefully, this clears up any questions regarding these puddle maps! These things are powerful tools for any compositor in VFX or design, and will always give your scene an extra breath of photorealism. We hope you enjoy using them!

Puddle Map and Fire Tutorial in After Effects

Did you enjoy this guide? You might also like to read about our bullet hole collection!

 

New Bullet Hole Assets!

Download HD bullet hole impact VFX assets here!

Too often do we overlook one of the must-have features of a gunfight in our VFX. Bullet holes!

I’ve seen a lot of fight scenes involving a shootout simply focus on the muzzle flashes, but seemingly jumping over the fact that for every bullet shot, there is some form of damage inflicted on the scene (unless they’re shooting into the air, perhaps at some unlucky ducks). We wanted to change this, by making it more accessible for VFX artists like you to create these effects quickly and easily.

Our collection of bullet hole graphics have been made specifically to fit any compositors needs, in a superbly large resolution. The pre-keyed alpha matte means it is already ready to be blended into whatever surface it is being applied to, whether that is metal, concrete, or even glass!

Our smashed glass collection is essential for any fight scene. These are the easiest to apply, just drop it over your glass, apply a screen blending mode to it, and voila!

We hope these HD bullet hole assets are a perfect addition to your VFX workflow. Download them all today!

Thinking of how you can make your scene even more explosive? Let us introduce you to our rubble collection.

New Rubble and Debris VFX!

Many artists try to avoid the deep end of the pool with their projects. Setting yourself up with an overly demanding goal will always push you to your limits, a goal such as turning your scene into a war-ravaged battleground!

But now, you can dive into the deep end will full confidence! We’re happy to present to you our latest collection of 25 rubble VFX assets to help you build the apocalyptic scenes you’ve always wanted!

Debris and rubble have always boosted the production value of movies. What would Transformers or Infinity War be without their absolutely breathtaking destruction (pretty underwhelming I guess)? With our rubble, paired with our gigantic collection of debris effects (available here on footagecrate), you can impress everyone with your cinema-worthy VFX and editing.

VFX Rubble Asset Preview

All of the included assets have been built with the highest quality possible, with a variety of sizes, camera angles and material options to help you truly have control over the look of your composite. We have also taken the time to pre-key these assets, and even include realistic shadows, meaning they will blend into your scene without any trouble at all!

Download the HD pre-keyed rubble and debris VFX, and start creating today!

If you found this helpful, you may also be interested in learning about our debris burst collection!

HD Mountain Set Extensions

Download HD Mountain Set Extensions for your Matte-Painting scenes here!

It’s time to take Middle Earth to your front lawn with our epic mountain asset collection! Matte-painting with these HD set extensions makes the process of large-scale terraforming as simple as a click! Just take a look at this before and after using the mountains from our library:

I’m sure we’ve all been jealous of directors such as Peter Jackson or Christopher Nolan who travel to the most stunning locations around the world to shoot their next blockbusters. But thankfully, you can bring these landscape setpieces to your next project without any hassle! We have made sure to blend certain edges such as the foreground, meaning that your footage will blend into these lord-of-the-rings worthy landscapes easily! All you will need to do is to colour correct the image until it fits your scene.

All of the assets in our mountain collection have been created with creators in mind, making sure that the quality is great enough for you to scale, rotate and colour correct these assets to perfectly fit your scene without any loss in photorealism. With all of the backgrounds and foregrounds pre-keyed, you will be free from the exhausting process of doing it yourself, giving you the extra needed time to spend on your projects.

We have a huge variety of terrain to choose from, ranging from rocky mountains to tropical white-cliffed forests, you will be in no short supply of inspiration and content, so feel free to start browsing through our assets now!

Mountains Rising Up

HD Planet Textures for your Space Scenes

Download your HD realistic planet textures here!

Planets are the unchallenged champions of establishing shots, with the power to transport a viewer to the other side of the universe in an instant. This is why some of the most iconic imagery in cinema history has featured these planetary spacescapes. Think of almost every opening scene in Star Wars, or the first minute of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Wall-E does a great job of using planets for storytelling too, as viewers can see how our entire planet has become polluted into a brown-muddy looking ball in future history.

We’ve taken the step to create these ultra HD planet texture maps to help you build your own space-scenes. Knowing that the universe has too many planets to count, we’ve made sure to feature many variations such as deserts, volcanic and ice planets.

How do you create the planets? Well, these textures can be applied to spherical surfaces either in 3D modelling programs such as 3ds Max, Cinema4d or Blender. If you’re wanting to keep it simple with Adobe After Effects, you can use the CC Sphere effect (in the Perspective category) to make the planet even quicker! Game creators can apply these textures in Unity to help make their sci-fi game even more stunning!

We have gone ahead and built out additional maps for even more control, such as height maps and illumination maps for the volcanic planets, so 3D artists can take their renders even further by giving true detail to their terrain.

Martian Planet VFX

Creating using our planet texture maps!