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Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering [Kindle Edition]

Aaron W. Powell

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Each chapter develops a different aspect of a Blender technique. The book is essentially a step-by-step tutorial, which builds up your knowledge throughout. It has practical examples such as lighting a tricycle in open space, lighting a wine bottle on a table, and lighting a room that has a lamp as well as sunlight coming in through the window. These examples will show you how to implement the different Blender techniques in your work. If you are a Blender user and you want to improve the quality of your renders, this book is for you. You need to have experience in Blender and know your way around the Blender interface. You may be a professional or freelancer or hobbyist willing to increase the quality of your portfolio and interested in adding perfection to your renders

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Aaron Powell is currently studying 3D Digital Graphics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since joining the Blender community in 2005, Aaron has worked as a freelancer and tutor to students through one-on-one meetings and online tutorials, and since 2008, his primary focus has been on digital lighting techniques in both Blender and Autodesk Maya. In his spare time he manages the increasingly popular blog,, where he hosts Roland Hess's "The Essential Blender" book on PDF. Blender users can constantly find him plugged into the community through the forums at and, as well as on Internet Relay Chat under the username "blndr08".


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 252 Seiten
  • Verlag: Packt Publishing (10. November 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0057EURES
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Blender 2.5 - Lighting and Rendering 24. November 2010
Von Terry Wallwork - Veröffentlicht auf
It seems to me that recently the rate at which Blender books are being produced has increased (my eyes have certainly noticed, given the amount of reading I have been doing lately). Luckily though just like chocolates and sweet things, you can never have too many books to read as far as Blender goes, this is especially true when it comes to reading about Blender 2.5.

With this in mind, Packt Publishing been busy releasing Blender books again, and this time it's one that covers the subjects of Lighting, Rendering and Texturing using the Blender 2.5 series 3D modeling application.

The first thing to note is that this book is NOT a beginners book. You will be expected to know your way around Blender's interface and know how to carry out basic tasks within Blender 2.5. While the book will explain certain steps in detail relating specifically to rendering and lighting tasks within scenes using Blender 2.5, anything else that is required you will be expected to know how to do yourself, you will be asked to carryout out a task and be expected to know how. Also for those who like to do mesh creation, Mesh Modeling is not covered, so if you want a book to teach you how to create and manipulate geometry and meshes within Blender 2.5, this is not the book for you.

Well now that you know what it doesn't cover, what can you expect of the things that it does cover?

Chapter 1, is mainly a theory chapter, covering a grab bag of different topics and explaining most common types of light rig setups and some coverage of color theory. It won't make you an expert on color theory or light rigs, though it does give enough information to be useful throughout the other parts of the book. Given that it was covering the basics I was surprised to see that it had a nice description of what Chromatic Adaption is. This section of the book (at least the ebook version), is a good example of the quality of the pictures. Full color and very clear, making carrying out tasks very easy while following along. The text is packed with pictures throughout the whole book. This is also where I found the first issue, as there is a downloadable color picture set that I was unable to download from the website or the website. Hopefully this will be fixed by the time you read this (they normally fix issues like this very quickly).

Chapter 2, after the theory stuff of the first chapter, things move on to a more practical level and the theory described previously is put to use in using light rigs and setting up scenes and render setting. An example tricycle model is used to demonstrate various lighting and material handling features. How to use layers is covered briefly, and it shown how they can be useful for controlling light rigs and light and shadow locations. The descriptions of the various light rigs and how to use them is not exhaustive but is adequate as a jumping off point to go into more detail if you wish to. Throughout the book various external links are referenced if you wish to find out more information.

Chapter 3, moves onto more meaty subjects of Ambient Occlusion, Environment Lighting, Global Illumination and HDRI rendering. For the most part this chapter has good descriptions of most of the settings for Ambient Occlusion and Environment Light, though obviously in a book this size every feature cannot be gone over in massive detail, enough was described of the important features to make this section useful. One bad point was the example HDRI texture which was supposed to be available on the website, was when I tried not available. This meant that the section covering how to setup a HDRI render was not easy to follow. Though luckily there are many HDRI textures available on the web, so it should not be a show stopper and hopefully Packt will fix their website links. Blender 2.5's Indirect Lighting feature was briefly covered although to me it seemed more of an after thought, something thrown in because it was something specific to Blender 2.5, though it could also be because Blenders Indirect Lighting feature is not yet fully featured.

Chapter 4, covers Outdoor Lighting and the various ways to setup lighting rigs, materials and textures, to have semi-realistic outdoor lighting of a scene within Blender 2.5. I say semi-realistic because it would take a lot more book space to cover the many minute details and settings to get something that really looked photo realistic. That said, a good amount of time was taken to cover the different types of shaders and material settings Blender supports and how they can be used to good effect. After having gone over the various settings, things move on to applying what we have been told to the example scene (still the tricycle at this point in the book).

Chapter 5, describes Indoor Lighting and how to setup lighting rigs in ways to simulate light in enclosed spaces, as illuminated by incandescent light. Rather than using the Tricycle as the model to demonstrate things on, in this chapter we move onto a different model of the inside of a diner. Given the complexity of the indoor scene, more complex lighting, texturing and materials features are described and used. Layers and how to use them to control the illumination of various parts of the diner are gone over, and how to use layers to break up a scene in controllable ways is demonstrated. More light types and their settings are covered specially Area, Point and Spotlight Settings, but here it would of been very useful to have gone into greater detail as to the settings that control lights and there uses.

Chapter 6, goes over using UV Mapping and Unwrapping and using this to texture a wine bottle with a label. Also covered are various methods for aligning UV nodes and using UV test grids to determine if a texture is distorted. Once the UV Unwrap has been created the author shows how to export that UV Unwrap from Blender and open it within Gimp so as to create the label for the wine bottle. This is a very simple chapter but is clear and shows the process of texturing in external applications such as GIMP well enough.

Chapter 7, goes into detail on how to organize projects in terms of how to organize resources such as Blend files, textures and scenes in directories, so as to make them easier to manage as projects become more complex. This chapter is somewhat redundant with the small scenes presented in this book but if you do start to make larger things the information should come in useful.

One stand out feature that I was not expecting in this chapter was the coverage of how to use the Material Node Editor to add a label and apply transparency to the wine bottle once it had been unwrapped and the texture had been created. I think this is the first time I have seen the Material Node Editor even mentioned in a book let alone used. It really showed the potential power of the Material Node Editor. The Official Blender documentation on all the Node Editors is appalling but the Material Node Editor and Texture Node Editor documentation is even worse, so the fact that Mr Powell used this method to apply textures is very surprising. Packt/Mr Powell could pretty much name their price for a book that properly documents how to use the Texture Nodes and Material Nodes in Blender in detail. Also standard Compositing Node Editor usage was briefly covered to demonstrate how to add a Depth Of Field effect to the diner scene.

Chapter 8, takes the content of previous chapters on indoor and outdoor lighting and uses the information to light a scene which has both indoor and outdoor lighting characteristics, going over some of the approaches and tricks that can be used to give effective lighting to a porch type room. This is an extremely short chapter, it's only real purpose is to tie together indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.

Chapter 9, takes the previously introduced porch room and using a reference picture demonstrates how to texture the entire room. This sounds as if it would be very involved and large chapter, though unfortunately this chapter is merely a click this button, select this option type of chapter very little explanation as to the different ways it could be textured or the reasons options are selected the way they are is covered in any great detail. This is a shame as this chapter had the potential to draw together all the other chapters and be a great learning and explanation chapter, opportunity missed.

In theory this book sounds great, a Blender 2.5 specific book which covers the theory and practical side of texturing and lighting scenes within Blender. So far at least it's the only book specifically dedicated to this area of 3D. In practice though the book bites off more than it can chew. It's not a book for Blender beginners but what it does cover is not detailed enough or up to the level an intermediate/professional Blender user would require. If you have seen other books of 3D rendering and lighting they are considerably more dense and page heavy than this book. Combinations of not having enough pages and not covering the material they do have at a level high enough for professional users makes it neither one thing or the other. The things they do cover they cover clearly and with good pictures, but this book really would have been better aimed at beginners. However because it doesn't go over how to use the basics of Blender it will be hard for a true Blender beginner to follow it.

In the end this a book that doesn't know who it's aiming at.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Falls Short 3. März 2011
Von TnT - Veröffentlicht auf
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Good written content, however, gray scale color wheels in a chapter on color theory and color relationships? Not one color example in a book on Lighting and Rendering? Need I say more? Sad to come so close yet miss so far.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Poor editing of otherwise good book 17. August 2011
Von Roderick B. Greening - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
While the material of the each chapter is spot on, I am somewhat saddened by the editing of this book. There are numerous errors when referencing previous blend files (e.g. different names from what was previously used) and the demo files either continue to be missing or have different names from what was referenced in the book. Because of this, it is near impossible to follow along with the projects, and achieve the results depicted in the book.

This is the second book from PacktPub with poor editing I have recently purchased. I am beginning to wonder if this is a more widespread issue with PacktPub.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A solid starter on Blender 2.5 lighting 7. Dezember 2010
Von M. J. Anders - Veröffentlicht auf
Lighting plays a crucial role in conveying of sense a realism in renders so getting is right is one of the essentials skills that anyone working with Blender needs to have.

Aaron W. Powell's "Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering" certainly gives you a good basic understanding of all the relevant topics in lighting. In fact the title is a bit modest really as the book not only covers lighting but is also a good primer on Blenders material system and in these times of transition gives you a fair overview of quite a bit of Blender 2.5's all new interface to boot.

Having said that, each book on a technical subject stands or falls with its practical applicability and "Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering" certainly comes with many practical examples that will help you get started in designing a lighting setup that will work for your scene.

Besides usefull introductory material on color theory the book focuses on three lighting environments: indoor, outdoor, and mixed conditions (where a significant portion of the light in an indoor setting comes in from the outside). For each environment different setups are discussed and detailed examples given covering pretty much everything there is to know about the different types of lights available in Blender including pseudo lights like ambient occlusion and mesh lights.

Lighting and materials are closely related, each dependent on the other to get across a believable image. Attention to Blenders versatile materials is therefor essential and and each focus section devotes a complete chapter on setting up materials to complement the lighting setup, including information on UV-mapping and using node based materials. Although everything about Blender materials certainly could fill a book or two on its own, these chapters give a clear understanding about the relation between light and materials.

If anything, I would have like to see some more examples on applying the different example light rigs on different scenes within the three focus areas but the examples given are very detailed and covered from start to finish giving you plenty of information to work with.

In summary: A fine book, written in an accessible way, not to miss for anybody who wants to extend his Blender 2.5 skills to include professional lighting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Become a render master with Blender 17. Januar 2011
Von J. R. Cardona - Veröffentlicht auf
"Blender 2.5 Lighting And Rendering" is a new book published by Packt Publishing and written by Aaron W. Powel, freelance artist and tutor, webmaster of
As you can read in the title, it is updated to the brand new Blender 2.5, although you can use it on the current stable version, but you can be sure that when 2.5 reaches the stable state, all that you've learned is up to date. With it, you learn the present and tomorrow of lighting and rendering inside Blender.

Lighting and rendering is everything when we're making synthetic images of 3D models. These two words comprise everything that someone who sees our images calls realism, quality, or atmosphere. Some 3D models simply fail to show how good they are because their modelers did not had the knowledge to make them display all their complexity and quality in a good render, lightened the proper way.
The author wants to tell us how to achieve these attributes, and as an expert, he really does that.
The book goes through 9 lessons, that are like circles on a spiral staircase: you go through them smoothly, deeper and deeper into the topic.
The first chapter begins with an introduction to color theory. Why? Because the color of light sources greatly influences what we see as the colors of objects. Even more, colors is reflected by object, and tints the other colors by the light that is reflected. This makes necessary to understand how colors interact.
The book introduces us to the color wheel, and concepts that may be familiar to photographers, like the color temperature, chromatic adaptation, and so on.
Powel also tells us about the basics of lightning in Blender, the types of lights that we can use, when and why. And there is even an interesting explanation on what is the minimum number of lights to get a well lightened image, what do these light do, and how to place them. This is called a light rig, and we'll be doing light rigs all along the book, and learning by practical examples how to place and adjust lights to get perfectly lightened scenes. Again, like a photographer in his study.
On chapter 2, "Outdoor lighting: setting up our scene", the author explains not only how to do this. He also explains, like in other practical Blender books by this publisher, practical workflows for professional works. Not only learning how to do things, but also how to do them in less time, with less effort and more results.
He also turns us into a sort of detective of lights. Makes us ask ourselves many things about how is an scene made, how should it be lightened. This way, we learn with this book how to analyze a situation, and get realism.

"Ambient lighting techniques in Blender" is a chapter about lighting with advanced techniques to get accurate shadowing. Blender 2.5 adds 3 ambient lighting features: ambient occlusion, environment lighting, and indirect lighting. It can use 2 methods for rendering this kind of lighting: raytraced and approximated.
Everything of this can be strange for you, but by the practical examples of the book you will learn them the best way: seeing how they look.
The next two chapters are a revision of everything that was explained before but at a deeper level, telling yo things like how to do transparent or reflective materials for example, or the use of layers to apply different lighting to some objects to make them stand out of the rest of the scene.

"Blender 2.5 Lighting And Rendering" also introduces you to UV mapping inside Blender, explaining all the process and also texture making using GIMP, the powerful free graphics editor.
The process continues on the following chapter, through the integration of the texture map into the objects and tweaking all the materials and render to get a stunning final result. We will also learn to organize our folders in a big project, to better find and reuse our assets.
And the most interesting, the use of Blender's Node Compositor to make textures inside Blender combining materials already created for our object.
Something that really caught my eye while reading this chapter was the final touch of adding depth of field to the render, like in photography, getting a render with blurred background, focused on the main subject, really beautifying the scene to get art beyond realism.
At this point of reading the book, you already have acquired a deep knowledge of lighting and rendering. It is the time to combine all that you learnt. In chapter 8, "Combining Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Techniques", you seek the correct mix between artificial and real lighting. This situation is the real world situation most of the time, like when we have a light bulb inside a room but the sunrays also coming from a near window. So mastering this means mastering the maximum realism for your scenes.
The last chapter goes even deeper, and uses a real world photo as a model and teaches us how to mimic it inside Blender, so we achieve photorealism, as a culmination of everything that was told in this book.
Summarizing all this, "Blender 2.5 Lighting And Rendering" is a book that you may want to have because of its approach to the lighting and rendering topic.
All the lessons are illustrated with lots of screenshots, and the minimal text if it can be explained by an image, and long paragraphs only in those parts that need you to understand why something is done and when.
It's a very practical and analytic book, that gives a general view of all elements since the beginning, and then, in each chapter, introduces you to a new knowledge in each aspect. So you start being a novice but knowing all the basics in every aspect, and then you are on the way of becoming an expert when you finish, because you learn more and more on the topic, connecting the new lessons with what was explained before.
Think no more, get it and become a master of lighting and rendering in Blender
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