Online asset library ProductionCrate has released a set of 100 synthetic HDRIs showing the Earth from space, 10 of them available to download for free.
The files, which can be used to as backdrops or environment lighting for space scenes, are available in HDR and EXR format, at 4K and 16K resolution, and are licenced for use in commercial projects.
Free high-res HDRIs showing the Earth from space
ProductionCrate’s Space Environments show the Earth from space, recreated from an altitude at which the planet fills the bottom of the image, with the blackness of space above.
The HDRIs span a range of times of day, from full daylight to sunset, and show a range of cloud formations and relative cloud cover in the visible part of Earth’s atmosphere.
This blog post explains how the images were created, and includes a link to a video tutorial explaining how to use the HDRIs to create space scenes in Blender.
The files are part of ProductionCrate’s library of stock assets for motion graphics and visual effects work, which includes 3D models, sound effects and FX clips, over 500 of them also available for free.
Licence conditions and system requirements
The 10 free HDRIs are available as 4K (4,096 x 2,048px) and 16K (16,384 x 8,192px) EXR files and 4K HDR files suitable for use in DCC software and game engines like 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, Maya, Unity and UE5.
ProductionCrate’s free assets are licenced for use in commercial projects: you can see the FAQs here and the full terms and conditions here. Free accounts are limited to five downloads per day.
To download the files, you will need to register for a free account, which you can do by selecting the Sample account on the registration page and unchecking ‘Donate $15/mo for 4K downloads’.
Paid accounts unlock more download, and full-res versions of assets, with Pro accounts costing $39/month.
Download 10 free 16K deep space HDRIs from ProductionCrate (Links to the individual files)
Download more free stock FX elements from ProductionCrate
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