Introducing our revised search and categories

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Smarter, faster, easier
We’ve grown! And that’s thanks to you joining our amazing community of contributors at Sketchfab. But growing sometimes means growing pains. With so much great 3D being uploaded daily, we recognize it’s been harder to find the stuff you love. So we’ve fixed that.

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Great results every time
Starting today, rather than list every possible search criteria as soon as you enter a search term, we’ve streamlined the process to make it much less overwhelming but still get you to what you want quickly.

Our new search is dynamic so you’ll start seeing results as soon as you start typing. And we’ll instantly serve up great models, collections, and Sketchfab users that match your search all on one page to get you to what you’re looking for more quickly.

But if you want to go a level deeper in your search, that’s easy too! Just hit “Filters” and you’ll be able to search by date, category, polycount, and more. Even better, the filters respond to your search result, so if you’re looking for Sketchfab users, filtering will allow you to filter by location, skills, and so on.

Revised categories
As part of revisiting search at Sketchfab we’ve also cut down the number of categories we’re using to help you find – and categorize your work – more quickly. Don’t worry – we’re automatically migrating retired categories for you to our new set so no action should be necessary on your part.

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Make sure everyone can find your work
As Sketchfab grows, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on others not finding your work. Don’t forget – when you upload a model to choose a category or categories that best suit your work.That’ll help make it easier to find. And remember that tagging your work will make it easier to find in search. Check out more tips to make your work stand out.

Happy searching, and happy posting!

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Paul Chambers

Artist Evangelist & Community outreach at Sketchfab, freelance CG Generalist, render-farm tinkerer. Zelda worshipper.


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  • frustrated user says:

    But can you make the search not such a headache to use? I have to click “load more” over and over and over since it only loads two rows of images–why doesn’t it load automatically like every other live search?

    And worse, every time I move my mouse over the screen an artist info popup jumps in my way, covering up the search, and won’t go away! I’m constantly flailing my mouse around trying to get it out of the way. It’s beyond aggravating. I might just try to adblock it to make it stop appearing, it’s completely pointless anyway (if I want more info about the artist I’ll load his profile page)…

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