THE TOOLS YOU NEED
FOR EVERY LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT
Welcome to the Resources section, an updated list of the tools and websites we recommend for building your Interactive Worlds. Many of the resources listed here are critical to running Airlock Interactive.
UNREAL ENGINE 4
Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers. From 2D mobile games to console blockbusters and VR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd.
You can create any 2D or 3D game with Unity. You can make it with ease, you can make it highly-optimized and beautiful, and you can deploy it with a click to more platforms than you have fingers and toes. What’s more, you can use Unity’s integrated services to speed up your development process, optimize your game, connect with an audience, and achieve success.
With CRYENGINE, they have a simple goal: to create the most powerful game engine in the industry, and to give creators all across the globe the tools to harness this power to create world-class gaming experiences, no matter their budget or team size.
Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for you to create the highest-quality games, connect your games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch.
3D Studio Max
3D Studio Max is an industry leader. This amazing program is used by us to model video game assets. We also have a lot of clients and associates that use it to build incredible visuals for their Interactive Environments. If you can dream it, you can build it in 3ds Max.
Maya is an incredibly powerful program used by a lot of big studios to create mind blowing visuals. We have used Maya for over ten years on big projects like Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Modo is one of our favorite tools for building Interactive Environments. The modeling tools are incredible, and the preview rendering is lightning fast. This program has been an industry favorite in the Architectural Visualization industry, and has been adopted by many artists in the Video Game industry. We love everything about this package, and it just keeps getting better.
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entire 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows. With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, ZBrush allows you to create limited only by your imagination.
We love the power of Voxels, and we think they are the future of Interactive Environments. This is why 3D-Coat is one of our favorite sculpting packages. 3D-Coat is an application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model.
The world’s best imaging and design app is at the core of almost every creative project. Work across desktop and mobile devices to create and enhance your concepts, textures, graphics, and more. We’ve used Photoshop for over 18 years and we can’t imagine a production environment without it.
Substance Painter is a 3D painting software allowing you to texture, render and share your work. Use a complete and familiar set of texturing tools: PBR and particle painting, Substance procedural effects, smart materials and smart masks, and fast baking.
Substance Designer is a node-based non-destructive application for material authoring. Edit complete texture sets fast with the non-linear workflow and see your changes apply simultaneously to all your outputs. Unleash the power of Substance Designer and focus on what really matters: your art.
Substance B2M allows you to generate all PBR outputs from a single input image: base color, normal, metallic, roughness, and ambient occlusion. Control and adjust the finest details of your material thanks to the comprehensive set of parameters exposed by B2M.
Adobe stock has some of the most inspiring images on the web. This is a really great resource for references, textures, lighting, and composition. Whatever your looking for, your sure to find it in this amazing royalty free collection.
This site is packed with awesome Substances. Their team of talented artists provide pretty much any environmental texture that you need. If you can’t find them, they will build them for you.
Substance Share is a great site where you can download free Substance source materials for use in Substance products. From brushes to smart materials, you are sure to find it here.
Textures.com (formerly CGTextures.com) is an amazing site that has over 117,000 photos, textures, substances, 3D brushes and 3D scans. You can download up to 15 textures a day, and they also offer premium content.
Megascans is the largest scan resource on the planet. It has a 100% standardized library with thousands of world class 3D scanned items from all over the world.
This is a repository of ZBrush mesh brushes contributed to the community. They are extremely powerful, and allow you to easily add in additional details to your Zbrush models.
Pixologic has created a library full of amazing Alpha materials from ZBrush artists who wish to share their work with the ZBrush community. This library gives you one unique location to view, download, and begin sculpting using any of the alphas found in this library.
Graphic River has a massive collection of images and tools to fulfill your graphic needs. Discover their huge collection of hand-reviewed graphic assets from a large community of designers.
Photo Dune is a great resource for images you can use in a variety of ways. The high quality images are taken by professional photographers, so you’ll always get a lot of visual information for references, textures, and graphics.
Pinterest is our favorite site for reference images. Pin the images you like into sorted categories, and follow other peoples boards. It’s easy to spend hours and hours browsing millions of stunning visuals. Just don’t forget to be inspired and make your own worlds!