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Mirage 3.5 out today!

Yes! today is the day. After well over a year, Mirage 3.5 is final­ly offi­cial­ly out. So many things have hap­pened, so many new fea­tures too. Let’s get into the new stuff New Modifiers sys­tem and ter­rain tools Mirage has gained a new ter­rain type: the BASIC ter­rain. This type uses a sim­i­lar algo­rithm to what we had in 

Yes, Blender is free
(but what does it really mean?)

A 3D mod­eller, ani­ma­tion suite and not one but two ren­der engines. Blender’s code­base is full of insane­ly com­plex work and math. So, how can it be free? We’re talk­ing about one of the most math inten­sive prob­lem domains in soft­ware. It’s no won­der that in all these years there have been very few open source 

Mirage 3.5 Beta

Oh hey, it’s been a while! As you might guess what was to be a short, self-con­­tained, rea­son­able release turned into a chaot­ic avalanche of fea­tures. Typical. You fix one thing and then you get an idea to make some­thing bet­ter. You get on it since it’s a small change, and when you snap out of it weeks have 

Easy batch rendering with Render+ 2.2

Watch out! A new ver­sion of Render+ is out. We final­ly take the first step towards net­work ren­der­ing and many improve­ments all around. Network ren­der­ing The batch serv­er can now be run in a sep­a­rate com­put­er. For now, the serv­er also does the ren­der­ing. I will be work­ing on dis­trib­uted ren­der­ing over future releas­es. Please refer to the 

Futuristic UI breakdown

By pop­u­lar request, here’s a break­down of the Futuristic UI I post­ed ear­li­er. This includes a com­plete look at the script that updates the texts and all the ani­ma­tion and mate­r­i­al tricks I used. I also updat­ed the blend­file to also include the video sequencer scene that was miss­ing before.

Cool Watercolor material with Eevee

Learn how to make your 3D mod­els look like water­col­or paint­ings with the ever use­ful shad­er-to-rgb node. If you pre­fer text tuto­ri­als, you can read the text ver­sion below. The trick behind this water­col­or mate­r­i­al is to make it look like the objects are paint­ed on a piece of paper rather than an object in a 3D space. 

Copying markers in Blender is easy

Ever want­ed to copy mark­ers from one scene to anoth­er? Blender does­n’t have a built-in method to do this but we can do it with some Python. Markers are stored as scene prop­er­ties, much like Render set­tings or units, that’s why we can’t copy them indi­vid­u­al­ly. The alter­na­tive is to append/duplicate the entire scene and then 

Futuristic UI Freebie

I start­ed this lit­tle motion graph­ics project some­time in the 2.78 days, orig­i­nal­ly using Blender Render but the lack of nodes and the view­port per­for­mance made it more com­pli­cat­ed than it had to be. But live in the future now! Eevee and the UI improve­ments over the last few releas­es have made this a lot more fun. Note 

Using app templates to boost productivity

Making video tuto­ri­als? Juggling mul­ti­ple projects? Ever want­ed to switch between dif­fer­ent Blender setups with­out hav­ing to remem­ber what pref­er­ences to flip every time? Application tem­plates allow you to save Blender con­fig­u­ra­tions and eas­i­ly swap between them. This includes dif­fer­ent start­up files, addons and even splash screens. App tem­plates can also run cus­tom Python code 

A quick peek at Mirage 3.5

I’ve been work­ing on Mirage 3.5 for a while now and have some neat new fea­tures to show; includ­ing a new move/rotation tool, new ter­rain type, new mod­i­fiers sys­tem, new set­tings for mod­i­fiers, rewrit­ten mod­i­fiers, dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem maps and more. This is still heavy work in progress so many things can still change.

How to scale UVs from the center in Blender

Ever tried to ani­mate a tex­ture’s scale, only to find out it was grow­ing and shrink­ing from the cor­ners? This lit­tle prob­lem can be fixed eas­i­ly with a cou­ple nodes. Find out how to scale UV and gen­er­at­ed tex­tures from the cen­ter in Blender’s node edi­tor in this super-quick tip.

Animated Film Grain with Eevee

If you ever tried to do film grain in the com­pos­i­tor you may have hit a wall when ani­mat­ing, since the “old” noise tex­tures are pret­ty basic. There’s a bet­ter way! We can use the new nois­es to sim­u­late film grain, dust and oth­er imper­fec­tions direct­ly with Eevee.  Note that you can also use the Generator Modifier instead