Realistic Lighting in Blender: 11 Hacks You’ve Probably Never Tried

  • http://www.mobymotionblog.com Moby Motion

    This is awesome, and a nice touch that you’ve included the blend files! I wonder what sort of license you’ve released them under, i.e. if we use parts of them for other work can we publish it?

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Moby, feel free to use them however you like: in your project (personal and commercial), without any restrictions. It’s like CC BY. I mentioned it in the documentation pdf :) Cheers!

      • http://www.mobymotionblog.com Moby Motion

        Awesome, keep up the good work.

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          Thank you!

  • http://vadegraphics.jimdo.com/artwork/ Martin W.

    interesting interesting…
    Maybe the first course I’ll buy 😉

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Awesome! Tell me later what you think about it, if you get it.

  • http://waffle-b0y.tumblr.com/ Joe Davis

    This is great, so much cheaper than I was expecting!

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Joe, I’m glad to be the endorphine booster for you!

  • Vlad

    Hey Gleb, I have just one question about that. If we are unhappy about that product we can get back money?

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Hi Vlad, yea if you’re unhappy about it, I’ll refund. No questions asked and no hard feelings :)
      It’s like 30-days money back guarantee.

      • Vlad

        Thx man :D, and in any case.. GREAT WORK 😀

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          You are welcome. High fives!

  • 3dnv

    Hey Gleb, huge fan, Blender is not my main DCC but your videos are crazy cool and I wanna support kickass CG maniacs like you.
    please do me a solid and provide ‘download as zip’ option under the “download all” toggle. Working around dropbox is a pain in the culo.
    Love creativeshrimp.com

    cheers and congrats.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Thanks man. For some reason, I couldn’t get this .zip button to appear :( Maybe it’s because there are files larger than 1GB? The Gumroad help page says: “…if the total file size is greater than one GB, this feature will not be available”

      • 3dnv

        : (

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          It seems to me that the only way to download it is to download each file separately. Yeah I know it sucks.

  • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

    Hey guys, for early birds there is a discount: https://gumroad.com/l/realistic_lighting/coffeemonsters

    • Aunpyz

      Hi Gleb, I wonder how long the discount lasts?

      • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

        Aunpyz, I thought about 2-3 days initially.

    • onjoFilms

      I was on the fence for several days, worried that with no GPU to speak of this might not be for me, but then saw the discount and bought. Hope this works for older machines with CPU.

      • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

        I would still recommend to get a decent GPU eventually. So much faster than even the top CPU. That said, if it won’t work for you for some reason, feel free to contact me anytime, and I’ll be happy to refund :) Thanks!

  • 3dnv

    G man I just seen what I did, dude I am such an idiot, please edit to fix! I was too excited and didn’t read

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      No worries! What do you mean? :)

      • 3dnv

        Anyway love your stuff and now I will just disappear. thanks for making great tutorials !

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          Haha that’s fine :)) Take it easy.

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  • Jean-Marc

    $35? Are you kidding me? That’s worth at least $100! Ok it’s on my to-buy list this month. Looks awesome.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Jean-Marc, that’s much appreciated. :) I’ll wait, hehe.

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  • TianWei

    Hey Gleb, I was wondering where are you from originally?

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      TianWei, I’m from Belarus.

  • Danny Austin

    I downloaded these and watched them last night. Absolutely worth the money and more. Thanks for all your hard work on this Gleb. Much appreciated.
    I really like your artistic approach to CGI, it’s really refreshng.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Danny, I’m so happy you wrote a quick review. It is so encouraging for me that you find the course to be helpful!

  • Mrityunjay

    hello sir i am absolutely amazed by listening that its only $35!!!!! (i thought it would be around $100+ ) but i m 16 and earn $0 right now but yeah honestly i Will buy this amazing course from my first income! (and its gonna be pritty soon!!) 😀

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Sounds good 😉

  • Erwin Sokólski

    Thank you Gleb, you’re genious! Definetly i’ll try your tricks in my projects!

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Erwin, that’s the coolest thing you can do – try to incorporate it into your own work. Way to go!

  • Yanbo Zhang

    Hi, Gleb, I have a paypal account. But the link you gave require a credit card, which is not available for some students. So can you provide other way to pay for this tutorial? Thanks.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Hi Yanbo, there is a Paypal option there too: https://gumroad.com/l/realistic_lighting/coffeemonsters

      • Yanbo Zhang

        Thank you for your reply, but the Paypal here is also require a credit card ….

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          Just to make sure, when you click on PayPal button it still requires a credit card?

          • Yanbo Zhang

            No. But it says that they cannot verify my card information. My card was handled in China, maybe Gumroad don’t have my information. Can I just pay through Paypal directly to your account, and then you give me a download link or an “offer code”?

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          It seems to me that people had a similar problem with Gumroad and Paypal. That’s how it was solved:
          “This is strange, when I used my phone it worked. It asked for different information (didn’t ask for name on card, but asked for address). Hope that helps if anyone else has the problem.”
          If that doesn’t work, email me at contact@creativeshrimp.com and we’ll arrange something. Thanks.

  • 3dnv

    I hope its okay, I am pimping you over in the The Foundry Modo forums:
    http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/discussion/topic.aspx?f=4&t=60807&page=80

    try and spread the word, there is a healthy bunch of Blender enthusiasts there but I also I believe your tips and tricks transcend software.
    :)

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Transcendence, that sounds cool and scientific. Count me in!

  • Ahmet Salih

    Great tutorials but 35$=100₺(Turkish Lira) in Turkey :(

  • Joseph Charles

    I’ll wait until you raise the price then buy it :)

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Joseph, don’t mock me or I’ll make the pay-what-you-want variant. 😀

  • http://www.rift3d.com Edward Baker

    Gleb, I just want to say thanks! picked this up the second I got the notification email when I was eating lunch at work!! Fantastic ideas, and I can’t wait to put them into my workflow. Got the early bird discount. Absolute steal at the regular price, but couldn’t resist saving $5 more :)

    I’m back on your site to re-watch your camera rig tutorial for a job I’m on. Ran into the f-curves noise influence problem when adding some shake for a product shot and remember you had a work around.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Edward, I usually can’t resist the $5 temptation too, haha :) Especially when buying clothes and swag. No point in resisting!
      I’m glad to know that the camera rig tutorial is helpful to you. Probably I’ll make a sequel to it, with the real camera shake tracking.

  • CrazyEngine

    Damn, I’ll have to wait ’til next month. But I’m glad it’s so cheap. o.o Thanks for that! <3

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      No probs! 😀

  • PluszowyMis

    kupił bym za tyle jak by to było po POLSKU! a jest po ENG to moge dać 35 PLN!

    • Miszla

      Nie narzekaj. Angielski jest potrzebny do podstawowej komunikacji w internecie i po prostu trzeba się go nauczyć. Nie potrafię się nim płynnie posługiwać, ale takie poradniki mają to do siebie, że używa się głównie, że tak go nazwę, blenderowego języka. Kiedy ktoś mówi “connect image node to the viewer” rozumiemy to, ponieważ występuję te nazwy “image, node oraz viewer”, które są napisane i których normalnie się używa podczas tłumazcenia czegoś po polsku. A cena jest bardzo dobra: Andrew Price za 30 dolarów sprzedaje tylko zestaw teł, jakieś lepsze produkty kosztują minimum 150 dolców, jeden nawet 600. Dlatego jestem bardzo Glebowi wdzięczna za to, co zrobił.

  • Sandra D

    by intermediate, what skills should someone have already before starting?

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Sandra, thanks for the question :) What you need before starting is to know the basics: how to open the node editor, navigate in the viewport, throw in some lights. Essentially what I’ll be showing in the tutorials, is how to take the scene with the basic light setup and take it to the next level.
      While the course is labeled as intermediate, I tried hard to make it accessible for beginners. I’m sure you will be able to follow through! :)

  • Dương Nguyễn Minh Thuận

    I can’t get it because I’m in Viet Nam :((

  • Kai Neumann

    Bought it yesterday. From what I can tell so far, great work Gleb! It was totally worth it! :)
    I actually never heard of Autodesk Memento before. it seems like a great free alternative to Photoscan. I was really thinking about buying Photoscan, though. So my question for you is, would you recommend me to buy Photoscan, now that I could use Memento as well?

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Amazing! =) Kai, Memento may become a commercial product in late May, based on what Autodesk announced. So I’m not sure whether it will have a free/offline version. Anyways, Photoscan is probably the best choice. Personally I would recommend Photoscan.

  • Ayesha Noor

    Damm, I dont have credit card nor paypal, what are alternate methods to pay.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Ayesha, I’m afraid that credit card or paypal are the only methods that Gumroad accepts.

      • Ayesha Noor

        Ha, I am from Pakistan. And please study about pakistan. Here in pakistan its difficult to buy online stuff or shopping; Tax, custom etc problems. Can you accept Western Union.

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          Please contact me via email: http://www.creativeshrimp.com/contact
          Thanks!

          • Ayesha Noor

            Contacted you via mail.

          • saad aziz

            Hi Ayesha , email me at Saadaziz318@gmail.com i am from Pakistan need to urgently talk to you .
            Or you can DM me at insta @saadsdesign

  • Miszla

    The price is awesome! I’m from east too and I was always upset when I saw Andrew Price’s prices. I understood: he made a lot of good work, but when I counted this dolars to my currency… agh. The basic version of Architecture Academy costs half of avarage-good salary. (958zł, when salary is usually around 2000zł). And platinum version? 2699zł – more than good salary (2500zł) I’m really gratefull to you for this available to me price.

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      No problem, Miszla.

  • Carolyn Roberts

    Hi Gleb. I bought this right away when I saw it because I knew it would be fantastic. You never disappoint! I’m playing around with faking volumetric swirling mist using Dynamic Paint after watching the “Volume Light Hack” video. Super fun stuff. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Oh, that’s intriguing. Carolyn, please feel free to share any kind of images with your experiments. And thanks so much for your support!

      • Carolyn Roberts

        Here is my first attempt. Clearly it needs a lot of work and I will create multiple layers once I get it looking right on the first one. https://youtu.be/UzKV0oaFXS4

        • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

          Cool & ghostly, I love it! Did you use the flat planes with emissive shaders or the volume scatter?
          As an alternative (that takes a longer time to render), you can try using the procedural noise plugged in the density input of the volume scatter shader. For example, the musgrave noise + mapping node with animated X location.

          • Carolyn Roberts

            I baked the animated texture out of dynamic paint and mapped it onto a plane with an emissive shader. My goal is to create an animated effect that renders much faster than using actual volumetrics. I’m thinking of making a simple sci-fi environment with a cartoony alien walking through the mist.

          • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

            Looks pretty realistic to me. Good cheat :) Also you can use the Distance to camera to fade the plane gradually, when we move closer to it (in other words, mix it with the transparent shader). Just my 2 cents. I think you already know that stuff :)

  • https://www.behance.net/matinhus Mateus Bertolini de Moraes

    Hello, Gleb! Congrats for the course.
    Man, probably u had respond to this question several time. Sorry by the way.
    Which machine are u using in this course, cause your renders preview are so fast!!!(?).

    Thanks in advance.

  • Adrian Andersen

    I love you so much for pricing this as it is, most blender users won’t be able to afford hundred-dollar-products, but this was a no-brainer, bught, and downloading. Thank you!

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Adrian, you made my day. I’m so glad to know that you like it! That will help me to create more cool stuff in the future 😀

  • Nathaniel Jonathan Ferrel

    wow, REAL tutorial, with damn low price, +wishlisted

    • http://creativeshrimp.com/ Gleb Alexandrov

      Nathaniel, I feel empowered, thanks a ton! Give it a try.

  • Kyle Vuorinen

    I’m currently listening to you talk about this product on the podcast with Andrew from back in December. I am so excited to learn from these! Thank you Gleb!

  • saad aziz

    Hi Glen thanks for these amazing tutorials at very affordable price for students too.
    Waiting for your next tutorials to learn something new . Enjoy your cup of coffee 😉

  • SpeedyKabal

    How About give it to me for Free (y) :) :p

  • KHAIRIL ANUAR BIN MUHAMAD

    Im new to BLender…do u have any starter pack? Or is it ok if i buy this one as my starter pack tutorial?