Updated: May 31, 2021
If are curious about best of the paid add-ons for the blender, you are at the right place,
I will be discussing some of the excellent add-ons that pleased me a lot.
This is the Compilation of some of the best add-ons that are worth purchasing and of course, will strengthen any artist's toolset.
Starting from the last:
Blaze is a Powerful add-on for creating cinematic fire FX shader in the blender in just one click, this is the best add-on for those who struggle a lot for good looking fire. this add-on gives a shader which will work for you in any case whether you are making nuclear explosions, Sci-Fi blasts, or a campfire scene or anything you can easily do it in just one click. and after its release of version 1.3, this add-on can also shade the VDB Simulations Imported from any other 3d, Software like Houdini, Embergen, etc which are very good at this.
Shader created by this add-on is very easy to use and has 13 + color presets to create awesome artistic fire effects and that too very easily.
The overall rating for this add-on Blender market and gumroad is 5 out of 5 stars.
RetopoFlow will help you create smooth, efficient, and effective models for AAA quality versions of your detailed sculpts. This add-on is helpful for creating a good topology for your 3d models easily without any long hours working on topology, this add-on can do this in minutes.
Various tools are available inside of this add-on to create retopology for your 3d models, some of the tools are like Contours, PolyPen, PolyStrips, Strokes, Patches, Loops, etc
This add-on is available for 86$ on Blender Market.
Lighting is one of the most important things for an artist, as light decides the mood of the scene, so it is very important to have the correct lighting in your scene and gaffer does it right for you, all the important settings that you need are placed right in front of you instead of searching it here and there in various places, they all are at one place, and this just makes it easy to work with the lighting, and additionally, your lot of precious time is saved.
It comes with the trial version that is available for free for unlimited time you can get that here - Gaffer - Free trial.
If you want to purchase it and support the artist it is available for 20$ on Blender market
12: Khaos Add-on
Khaos is an awesome add-on for creating explosions in the blender, this add-on creates procedural explosion effects with the help of particle systems.
and the most interesting thing about this add-on is that it comes with 3d scanned debris assets like glass, metal, concrete chunks, etc and that is the essential element to photo-realism.
Khaos also comes with its own shader so that you are good to go without any tweaking and struggling with the materials and overall look of the explosion.
Its the average rating on the Blender market is 4 stars out of 5, so it is pretty decent add-on to purchase if you are into dynamics and you need to fast forward your work t without spending much of your time.
11: Pro Lighting Skies: Ultimate
Pro Lighting skies add-on is one of my favorite add-ons as this is one of the most useful and I use it most of the time as it is one of the best add-ons for outdoor lighting,
You may be surprised that a lot of HDRIS is available for free on the internet, then why is this add-on special?
this add-on is special because it has a lot of features that make it better from a regular hdri.
Like it consumes 87% less memory than a regular hdri, it renders faster
and there are a lot of settings like you can move the horizon of hdri up and down just by a single slider, and some-more essentials settings to make your life easier.
This add-on is available for 197$ on Blender market
Graswald is also one of my favorite add-ons, it is an awesome add-on for those who are into the artworks consisting of natural elements like a variety of grass, weeds, etc. very high quality detailed and optimized collection of 3d assets, all the assets are ultra-realistic and one of the best things of this add-on is, these assets render a lot faster and good controls to scatter these elements.you can also add some realistic looking wind animation effects to your assets with the help of this add-on, Demo version is available for free and in the demo version two high-quality assets comes with it.
so overall find it worth purchasing add-on and it is a deadly combination with Grove add-on.
09: Grove Add-on
Grove is an excellent add-on for blender. This add-on gives the real nature parameters to grow your tees inside of blender very easily, it comes with many of the commonly found trees presets, additionally you have the facility to customize the tree according to the look you like.
You can also simulate the age of the tree and also animate the seasons on the tree to have a very cool looking effect. many bark textures come free with the add-on, and some of the twigs are also available with the purchase. Twigs are also available for separate purchase.
This add-on is available for €119 on their official website.
Meshmachine is a convenient blender mesh modeling addon with a focus on hard surface work without subdivision surfaces. This add-on is full of modeling features like Fuse and Unfuse Surfaces, create Variable Fillets and Washouts, edit and fix Bevel geometry, Unbevel and Unchamfer, clean up Boolean Intersections and create perimeter loops, keep earlier mesh states around as Stashes and use them for Normal Transfers, flatten and straighten normals, symmetrize and mirror custom normals, and detail surfaces flawlessly using Plugs- including your own custom made ones.
You can get this add-on for 40$ from the Blender market
Hard Ops has been designed from the ground up to be the most efficient workflow assistant possible for Blender. The hard surface is the main focus but the tools extend beyond just a niche and into every aspect of design. Many tools have been added and streamlined to keep you working as fast and efficiently as possible. From modeling to rendering it is here for you.
This Add-on is featured with simplified entry systems, powerful mirroring, dynamic circular array, view-port configuration system, optimized hard surface workflow and it works exclusively in the 3D view.
"Physical Starlight and Atmosphere" is a mind-blowing full outdoor lighting simulator that takes inspiration from 'sandbox' game worlds and editors, bringing visual consistency between every object in the scene. Apart from the Sun, this addon can simulate any other star. The sky is not only a static sky dome but the whole atmosphere - from the ground to space and beyond. Calculations are based on the physical properties of how light is interacting with the gaseous model. It is a visually accurate mathematical model with Physical stars made for PBR and HDR workflow which works with Blender 2.8- Cycles and Eevee.
This Add-on is available for 58$ on the Blender market.
If you are into rigging type of work this add-on is best for you, as it saves your lot of time and additionally eases your work a lot,
with this add-on, you can customize a rig definition in a few clicks, and for humanoid characters, the smart feature can automatically place the bones to speed up the process, after adding the green markers. The result remains editable.
non-humanoid characters can also be rigged without the Smart feature, manually (horse, dog...).
you may have heard about this add-on earlier as it is a very popular add-on and its overall rating on blender market is 5 stars
FLIP Fluids is a powerful liquid simulation addon that gives you the ability to create high-quality fluid effects all within Blender. The FLIP Fluids add-on is a tool that helps you set up, run, and render liquid simulation effects. This Add-on is featured with whitewater effects, high viscosity effect, surface tension effects, built-in mesh generation, fracture modifier support with high performance. It provides you with the tools, learning resources, and workflows to assist you in creating beautiful effects as quickly and as painlessly as possible such as pause and resume baking, easily contained fluid, smooth meshing against objects, debugging tools, beginner-friendly, tutorial series, and documentation.
The FLIP Fluids add-on is a tool that helps you set up, run, and render liquid simulation effects. The FLIP Fluids addon is one of the best selling products on the Blender Market.
Traffiq is an ever-expanding library of optimized realistic assets of various vehicles (mostly cars for now) and traffic-related assets for architectural visualization, environmental design, rendering streets, or other scenes. This includes Cars, Motorcycles, Public Transport, Traffic Signs & Street Elements Assets for 2.8+ Cycles & Eevee. This Add-on is featured with spawn assets i.e. each asset has a rendered preview and is easily summonable through our addon, random or custom color, Snap to the ground (beta) pushes all selected vehicles (or objects) down onto the nearest surface.
Traffiq Add-on is available for 49$ on the Blender market.
02: Nisarga trees and vegetation add-on
Nisarga add-on is a Mega Library of Nature assets, and a one-stop solution for 3D artists who need, realistic nature assets in their scene, nisarga add-on covers everything Trees, Grass, Weeds, Flowers, Shrubs, Pots, etc. with top quality assets that you can use anywhere you want.
This add-on is available both on Blender Market and Gumroad.
Blender Market - https://blendermarket.com/products/nisarga-add-on
Gumroad - https://gum.co/nisarga
Scatter is the First of its kind scattering solution for blender 2.8. Its simply the Simplest, Fastest, Complete, and most Powerful scattering plugin for b3d.
Scatter is engineered to boost your productivity and creativity like never before, offering innovative revolutionary tools and features, tons of additional free content like 40 scattering presets, 15 one-click to deploy multi-layered ecosystems called "biomes" and shipped with the addon and additional free ground materials. It is featured with a smart interface, heavy automation, premade presets, particle density, premade ecosystems, multi-layer painting, bezier pathways, LOD system, and many more. It is a proper universal scattering solution, easy to use, with some great results instantaneously, providing important missing scattering features for your needs, like a universal proxy system, camera clipping, batch operation, scattering presets.
This Add-on is available for 60$ on the Blender market.
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