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Tutorial: Snowflake in Blender and Cycles

This second BlenderDiplom winter special will focus on a stylized snowflake inside a snowstorm rendered in Cycles. The first part is about easy snowflake modeling and is presented to you by Christoph Pöhler while in the second part Gottfried Hofmann will show you how to render it in Cycles.

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Tutorial: Lens Flares using the Compositor

Jonathan Lampel shows you how to create custom lens flares in Blender using only the compositor. The result can even be used as a group node.

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Tutorial: Vignette in Blender 2.64

Thanks to the new ellipse mask node in the Blender compositor, creating a vignette has become more simple and versatile than ever. This quick tip for Blender 2.64 shows you how it's done!
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Tutorial: Normal Baking Blender Internal

By baking normal maps, you can add lots of details to models without increasing the polycount. Baked normal maps are used a lot in games, but are also useful for animations and still renderings. This tutorial shows you how to bake normals using the Blender Internal renderer.

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Tutorial: Background Stencils with Cycles and Compositing

A stencil for an animated background is a nice element for motion graphics. Unfortunately, the compositor is not always well-suited here. But Cycles comes for the rescue!

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Tutorial: Cycles Particle Trail in Blender 2.64

This tutorial for Blender 2.64 or later shows you how to create an advanced particle trail in Cycles using new features like the particle info node.
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Tutorial: Cycles Volume Scatter Explained

Volume scattering is used to create effects like smoke, dust, clouds, sun beams (a.k.a. god rays) and similar things. This tutorial will help you understand everything about volume scatter in Cycles and how to get the effects you expect from it.

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Tutorial: Fur with Cycles and Particle Hair

Learn how to add great looking particle fur for any animal!

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Tutorial: Dynamic Paint Ball-Intro

The Dynamic Paint system in Blender is a great tool to create motion graphics. This tutorial shows you how to use it to create an eye-popping intro effect.
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Tutorial: Light Rays using Sun Beams Node

Blender 2.72 introduced the sun beams node in the compositor. It comes in really handy when creating light rays. Since it is a pure post-pro effect, it can even be applied to images.

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Tutorial: Cute Ghost with Cloth Sim and Cycles

In this guest tutorial by Christoph Pöhler you will learn how to create a cute ghost animation using the cloth simulation and some advanced Cycles shaders.

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Tutorial: Skin Modifier in Blender 2.64

The skin modifier, which is new in Blender 2.64, has been added to the modifier compendium. The skin modifier can be used to easily create base-meshes for sculpting or to create abstract or cartoonish figures.
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Tutorial: Sniper Addon Detailed Explanation

Want to create awesome motion graphics with little effort? Sniper is a cool new addon for Blender that helps automate kinetic typography and more. Control your camera by where it should point to.

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Tutorial: Cool Slow Motion Fire in Blender

This tutorial explains how to create a really cool looking, stylized fire in slow motion directly in Blender. The result can be used for backgrounds of all kinds in motion graphics and stills. This tutorial will also show you a lot of tips and tricks how to render fire faster.

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Tutorial: Abstract Object using Modifiers

The first guest-tutorial on BlenderDiplom.com! Dimitris Christou aka gr8! was so kind to provide us with a tutorial for his great (pun intended) abstract submission to the Modifiers Competition.
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Tutorial: Modern Hologram Shader in Cycles

Jonathan Lampel shows you how to set up a Cycles shader that turns your Blender models into modern day holograms.

The Animation Replicator with Offset - Part 2

Finally, I managed to complete the second part of the ARewO tutorial. It can now distribute objects along a path and include armatures.

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Compendium: Blender Modifiers Explained

This series covers all of Blender's generate and deform modifiers. Each modifier is explained in a short video.
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Tutorial: Volumetric Logo Reveal in Cycles

Blender 2.7x got a great new feature - volumetrics in Cycles! Learn the basics of the volume scatter effect in this tutorial.

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Old Film Projector Look with Blender Particles and Compositing

You can use Blender to make footage look like it was shot in 1920, by using particle systems and the compositor. Here is how:

Tutorial: Animated Pintoy

Learn how to create an animated pin toy in Blender using maps, dupliverts and the displace modifier and render it in Cycles!
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Tutorial: Laplacian Deform Modifier

The Laplacian Deform Modifier in Blender is super-useful for simple posing of objects, but the usage can be somewhat obscure. That's why Frederik Steinmetz is helping you out!

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A Little Script for Cleaning up the Image Stack in Your Blendfiles

Recently I had to clean up a lot of my blendfiles. Especially when you append objects that share textures with your existing objects, you wind up with a lot of duplicates.

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Tutorial: Fireworks with Particles in Blender 2.63

Frederik Steinmetz shows you a wonderful trick how to force particles to emit other particles in Blender 2.63+ while Gottfried Hofmann will show you how to arrange a nice fireworks display with the Blender VSE.
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Tutorial: Wireframe Modifier

One of the cool new things in Blender 2.70 is the wireframe modifier. Frederik Steinmetz shows you how to use it and explains all options.

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Tutorial: ARewO - The Animation Replicator with Offset

Python scripts let you automate processes that would take forever if you had to do them by hand.
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Use the Double Edge Node to Stylize your Rendering

In this tutorial Frederik Steinmetz demonstrates two elegant ways to stylize renderings using the new double edge mask node. Additionally he shows how to use node groups in order to keep your compositing nice and organised.

Tip: Quickly Link Noise Reduction Nodes with Python

b°wide has provided the community with a great pack of predefined node groups you can use in many situations. They are a must-have for any more sophisticated project. You can get them here. To enable the setup, you first have to select all the channels and then connect all in- and outputs. That can be very tedious, here is a one-click-solution.

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Tutorial: Sin City Look in Blender

If you want to apply the Sin City or Spot Color look to your footage, Blender now has all the required tools at hand. This tutorial shows you how to do it using the compositor for selective desaturation and the tracking- and masking-tools.
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Tutorial: Dissolve your Logo in Blender 2.6

Dissolving text in Blender has always been a lot of work, but not anymore! Blender 2.62 got a great new addition - the Remesh modifier! Its power combined with a particle system makes this awesome effect.
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Tutorial: Create a Double-Strand of DNA using ARewO and Metaballs

In this tutorial you will learn how use the ARewO Addon and Metaballs to create a double-strand of a DNA molecule.

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Recover Blender Projects like a Pro

Blender crashed? You quit accidentally? Saved over an important step? Blender offers ways to recover all of these!
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Tutorial: Mantis Series Pt 5 - Octane Renderer

The praying mantis is going Octane! In the fifth part of this tutorial series Frederik Steinmetz explains how to mix materials in Octane using nodes and maps. If you have not seen the other parts, we recommend that you watch the scene setup and if you are fairly new to Octane, please watch the Octane Pitfalls tutorial as well.
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Tutorial: ARewO Blender Addon

In this tutorial Frederik Steinmetz demonstrates the functions of the Animation Replicator with Offset. This video gives you a detailed explanation on what you can use this Addon for.

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Tutorial: Absorption in Cycles

The new ray length node in Blender 2.64 allows to fake absorption even without a volumetric shader. This tutorial shows you how to create your own absorption shader and make it re-usable.
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Tutorial: Blender to Octane - Avoiding the Pitfalls

In this tutorial you will learn how to install the Blender to Octane exporter by yoyos. Frederik Steinmetz will guide you through the process and help you to avoid the most common pitfalls that still exist, due to the beta status of both the exporter and Octane.

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