PureRef: How to use the image reference tool

(Image credit: Brendan McCaffrey (original concept by Clara McCaffrey))

PureRef is a great example of a small application being super useful. On first inspection, all it seems PureRef does is allow artists to collate image reference for a project. That, however, would be doing the application a considerable disservice. PureRef is also an easy-to-use image organiser that enables artists to create well-organised image databases and can be used with virtually any application.

PureRef is a near essential tool to be added to any creative artist’s workflow so let's see how you can make it a part of your own process, as we take you through the basics below. If you're looking to further level up your workflow, check out our list of the best 3D modelling software. You might also like to explore our best photo apps, or our collage maker tools.

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Mike Griggs

Mike Griggs is a veteran digital content creator and technical writer. For nearly 30 years, Mike has been creating digital artwork, animations and VR elements for multi-national companies and world-class museums. Mike has been a writer for 3D World Magazine and Creative Bloq for over 10 years, where he has shared his passion for demystifying the process of digital content creation.