Using Cycles Render Engine in Blender 3D [Video]

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Using Cycles Render Engine in Blender 3D [Video]

Tim Crellin

Learn about realistic ray-traced rendering with the Cycles Render engine by creating a nature environment with a realistic environment whose final result will be an image render
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Video Details

ISBN 139781788391504
Course Length3 hours 12 minutes

Video Description

This video course introduces you to the powerful Cycles Render engine and more advanced materials for objects. Topics covered will range from organic modeling to node materials to particle systems.

We start with a basic understanding of the Cycles Render engine including the differences between the standard and ray-traced engines. After this we delve into organic modeling techniques using curves to create more natural and smooth shapes typically seen in the real world. Next we understand the concept of UV unwrapping to map textures and other 2D media to a 3D object using seams, while also learning how to tweak and modify UV maps as well as multi-channel U layers. The next part will cover a basic setup for a simple Cycles material shader, which includes simple materials, alpha cut-outs, as well as multi-channel and PBR material shaders to create an extensive range of realistic material shaders for the Cycles Render engine ; you will also acquire a good understanding of how the material node editor works. Moving on we will look at object-based lighting and 360 HDRI environment maps to control an entire scene's lighting; you will learn how lighting can affect a scene and which lighting sources you should use. After that we will learn about simple particle systems, hair/fur generation, and how to instantiate objects. You will utilize particle systems to greatly speed up your workflow, making it easier to generate large scenes with hundreds or thousands of objects. Finally, you will learn about fundamental composting workflows through the node editor and use Color management to give a more authentic and photographic image; this will include more advanced composting techniques such as light flares, depth of field, and adding additional external images to the final render.

By the end of the video course you should have a good understanding of how to add advanced post processing to an image before saving it and how to effectively create a realistic scene using the Cycles Render engine.

Style and Approach

This course will help you create amazing projects with Blender to explore its new features and make use of its powerful tools to produce professional-quality 3D characters and environments.

Table of Contents

Cycles Render Engine and Organic Modelling
The Course Overview
Introduction to Ray Tracing
Using Curves to Model Organic Patterns
Converting Curves to a Mesh
UV Mapping and Texturing Objects
Introduction to UV Mapping
UV Unwrapping
Fitting UVs to Textures
Texture Map Types
Discovering Cycles Materials
Materials with Nodes
Materials with Texture Transparency
PBR Materials
Utilizing Environment Lighting
Different Lamp Types
Three-Point Lighting
HDRI Lighting
Hair and Particle System Techniques
Instancing Leaves
Forming the Terrain
Creating a Forest
Fireflies with Particles
Compositing the Final Touches
Camera Placement
Depth of Field
Post Process Filters
Color Grading

What You Will Learn

  • Utilize ray-tracing efficiently 
  • Understand curve modeling
  • Understand materials and texturing 
  • Light scenes skillfully
  • Master particle system basics
  • Use Composting in the Blender environment

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Table of Contents

Cycles Render Engine and Organic Modelling
The Course Overview
Introduction to Ray Tracing
Using Curves to Model Organic Patterns
Converting Curves to a Mesh
UV Mapping and Texturing Objects
Introduction to UV Mapping
UV Unwrapping
Fitting UVs to Textures
Texture Map Types
Discovering Cycles Materials
Materials with Nodes
Materials with Texture Transparency
PBR Materials
Utilizing Environment Lighting
Different Lamp Types
Three-Point Lighting
HDRI Lighting
Hair and Particle System Techniques
Instancing Leaves
Forming the Terrain
Creating a Forest
Fireflies with Particles
Compositing the Final Touches
Camera Placement
Depth of Field
Post Process Filters
Color Grading

Video Details

ISBN 139781788391504
Course Length3 hours 12 minutes
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