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A shortcut to realism in Blender


Šime Bugarija walks us through how to add CG elements to an existing photograph, solving issues like fixing reflections, lighting and shadows in the scene.

Topics covered are:

  • Intro
  • Importing a background photo into Blender
  • Character
  • Alpha over node
  • Ground and UV-project modifier
  • Shadow Catcher
  • Squarespace
  • Lighting
  • Matching render with background
  • Roughness, bump, color input
  • Glossy direction pass
  • Masking in blender compositor
  • Fog overlays
  • Full tutorial preview

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

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