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06.08 Blender Rendering Basics

Eevee and Cycles

Blender comes with two render engines installed, the real-time renderer Eevee and the light transport renderer Cycles. Eevee will render much faster than Cycles with the down side of not having true light bounces. Cycles can produce stunning renders but the processing can take much longer than Eevee. For many simple projects, Eevee is the preferred way for speed unless your project needs some of the advanced rendering capabilities of Cycles.

Add Lights in Blender

The default scene in Blender starts with a point light, a cube and a camera. Lights available in Blender include point, spot, sun, and area.

Point Light - Blender

The Point Light has adjustments for color, power, diffuse, specular, volume, and radius. All of the attributes of a light are able to be keyframed and animated.

  • Color - Changes the color cast of the light
  • Power - starts with 1000 W and can increase a lot for large scenes. Light “falls off” or decreases rapidly as it is moved away from its target so often lights need more power to properly illuminate a scene

Spot Light - Blender

Sun Light - Blender

  • Covers the whole scene and can indicate weather and time of day
  • Can add a photo sphere or an HDRI image for more detail in reflections and shadows in a render

Area Light - Blender

Blender Rendering Tutorials

Blender Basic Render

Blender Tri Lighting Add On

Blender Infinite Background

Fix Eevee Shadow Quality

Add HDRI Background Blender