General Resources you couldn't live without

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As the title says, post some art resources you couldn't live without! I'll start:

People's Graphic Design Archive & DesignReviewed

Amazing scans of magazines and general art stuff, where I get my inspiration from.

Retro Game Adverts

1000+ scans of retro video game adverts.

Blkmarket

You've probably already heard of this, but this is in an excellent site for grunge textures. The plugins they sell, (especially Reactor), make working in photoshop so much easier. If you catch a big sale, you can get a ton of stuff for cheap.

Texturelabs

Again, most of you have probably heard of this site, but if not, this is gonna be your bible for textures. I use them every single day, haven't been able to find another site with the quality that this one has. The patreon has exclusive photoshop actions that are pretty sick too.

YT-DLP

Download Youtube videos using the command line. None of the bullshit you see on those ad infested "100% Legit Free Youtube MP3 MP4 Download Now" sites. Also works on soundcloud and some others.

Archive.org Downloader

Lets you download PDFs straight from the Internet archive without needing to borrow. Great for obscure art books and magazines.
 
Oh man I wish this thread got more attention!!
I'm planning on doing a big collaboration event with some folks, so I started hoarding a whole bunch of resources to use in one huge list.
Stuff in here varies from images and textures, to fonts and even software! Best of all most of it is completely royalty free!
Check it out if you're curious and want to snag a bunch of goodies ~(‾▿‾~)

SWANMAG RESOURCES REPOSITORY
 
Oh man I wish this thread got more attention!!
I'm planning on doing a big collaboration event with some folks, so I started hoarding a whole bunch of resources to use in one huge list.
Stuff in here varies from images and textures, to fonts and even software! Best of all most of it is completely royalty free!
Check it out if you're curious and want to snag a bunch of goodies ~(‾▿‾~)

SWANMAG RESOURCES REPOSITORY
A lot of these resources are very useful! The tech brushes lead to a dead link though since it's a wetransfer link, and the blender metalheart tutorial is missing due to it being a discord link. Still, it's a good resource list.


I also want to show some of my recommendations on the software I like:
  • ntsc-rs is a really good and pretty fast NTSC/VHS video emulator with tons of features and power more than ntscQT. It also works as a Vegas and After Effects plugin! I'm very happy this was made and still updating because I wanted to have an authentic looking VHS effect that doesn't take too long to render. https://github.com/valadaptive/ntsc-rs
  • Furnace Tracker is a great chiptune tracker that covers many soundchips, including obscure ones! https://github.com/tildearrow/furnace
  • OpenMPT is like a general music tracker software that supports .mod/.xm/.it chiptune music files and is also good for making music with samples too! https://openmpt.org/
  • Reaper is my most favorite DAW. Not only it's very supportive of VSTs, scripts and such custom things, its trial evaluation is also very forgiving! I've been using a trial version for years and all of my features are still useable. It's only the window popup message I can wait shortly to close and that's just it. Besides, it's even cheap to buy for personal use. https://www.reaper.fm/
 
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I'd like to also introduce cobalt as an alternative to yt-dlp right in the browser for when you're in a phone or want to just quickdownload a link
It's literally the antithesis to those ad riddled sites but with zero program downloads and it's also open source!
+1 to Cobalt, been using it for a while and its a great tool for downloading videos
 
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The tech brushes lead to a dead link though since it's a wetransfer link
oh no!! whats the time limit on wetransfer? i could still access them at the time and that link was almost a year long at the time of me putting it into the list..

edit: Fixed the link to Metalheart tutorial, you can view it in its full glory now! I've also added the other resources you have mentioned, thank you!
 
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oh no!! whats the time limit on wetransfer? i could still access them at the time and that link was almost a year long at the time of me putting it into the list..

edit: Fixed the link to Metalheart tutorial, you can view it in its full glory now! I've also added the other resources you have mentioned, thank you!
I guess the time limit on wetransfer is a week.
 
  • Reaper is my most favorite DAW. Not only it's very supportive of VSTs, scripts and such custom things, its trial evaluation is also very forgiving! I've been using a trial version for years and all of my features are still useable. It's only the window popup message I can wait shortly to close and that's just it. Besides, it's even cheap to buy for personal use. https://www.reaper.fm/
Can confirm

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