Render a simple Skybox using Cycles

August 29, 2015, 01:46:05 AM by kat

Render a simple Skybox (environment map) using Cycles Render

Cycles Render doesn't have the same material properties available as Blender Internal so generating a skybox (environment map) for external use, in a game for example, can't be done in the same way. Having said this it is possible to render a skybox by working around the problem. Read "Render a simple Skybox using Cycles" to find out how. Also as eBook in store.

PythonPath for Windows 10

August 07, 2015, 12:18:14 PM by kat

With a new operating system comes new system information. PythonPath for Windows has been updated to include PythonPath details for Windows 10. As the OS becomes from "consumer friendly" (read that as "bigger buttons") the 'path' to various system properties become more convoluted, presumably to prevent technically challenged individuals fiddling with their computers. Screenshots included.

Note that for general/normal Blender use setting the PythonPath within Windows-based system isn't usually required for the application to function but may be necessary for custom import/export or other scripts that rely on the full Python API being installed.

(and yes, Blender works with Windows 10)

[Edit to add] Also updated "Scripts/Addons folder location for Windows 10" (no real difference to Windows 8 but addressed nonetheless).

Render a simple Skybox (Blender Internal)

August 06, 2015, 10:50:30 PM by kat

Extensive tutorial explaining the basic process of making a simple Skybox Scene to render an Environment Map using Blender Internal. Covers the basic process from start to finish including details on Material set-up where transparency is required. Source sample file available. Watch video here. An eBook version is optionally available in store.
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