Point Density Textures in Cycles open up a whole new world of magical effects. This training series by Blender Foundation Certified Trainer Gottfried Hofman lets YOU enter this world as well. He demonstrates to you in-depth how to use Point Density features, so you can benefit from this new addition as well. The series includes templates that let you create stunning FX in no-time.
Computers cannot generate truely random numbers. Why that is, and why it actally is an advantage for animators is demonstrated in this video tutorial.
As promised, here is the .blend and the slides from the Cycles Light Path Magic talk at the Blender Conference 2015 in Amsterdam. Which was about the light path node in Cycles.
When looking for references, textures, backgrounds or just inspiration online image databases are the way to go. But many sites place restrictive licenses on their images. The most liberal and undoubtly best license is CC0 which allows you do what you want with the images. We compiled a list of great ressources for CC0 images.
François Beaune is the project founder and team leader of Appleseed, which is a render engine that is completely open source like Cycles or Luxrender. Appleseed is MIT-Licensed, which is probably the most liberal license in existance. It is availabe for Maya, Blender, Gaffer and other programs.
Using the Animation Nodes addon, a typewriter effect in Blender has become a matter of minutes. Frederik Steinmetz shows you how to do it.