Lighting and Baking Workflow: Blender Tutorial


    Discover the complete workflow of setting up lighting in an outdoor scene. Learn how to bake light for a blazing fast render (14 seconds per frame compared to 8 minutes!).

    Download the Project Files

    The mushrooms with baked light

    The mushrooms lighting set up

    What Will I Learn?

    After watching this Blender tutorial you’ll learn how to:

    • Set up the outdoor lighting step by step

    • Create a texture atlas

    • Bake light into textures

    • Use depth of field

    baking light tutorial

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    No problem dudes. If you liked this lighting hack, you’ll also drool over this one. Realistic Lighting in Blender video course.

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    • CrazyEngine

      Wohoho, awesome! This is so useful! Thanks, Gleb! :3

    • My pleasure! You’re welcome, dude 🙂

    • Great tricks … Blender 3D is a good software. So I think to show you a good issue, maybe this will take your attention: with poses isssue. What do you think about this?

    • Ancestor

      Gut stuff! Many thanks!!

    • Thanks so much You are giving me more Interest to blender I WORK LIKE FIRE

    • Michael Yoseph

      Gleb, you are the best! Thanks so much 🙂 I will be watching this later today to advance my noobish skills lol

    • Check this one my friend your lighting !!!!!

    • Gleb, thanks for this. I’m love to see optimal workflow. No metter, what worflow will choose CG aartist – the main goal – result!

    • Canadian Geek

      Dude your awesome, thanks for share your knowledge!

    • Raphael Barros

      As always great tutorial Gleb! One question though, what are the limitations you talked in the end of the video?

    • Lowell

      Baked lighting is awesome for walkthrough animations (where everything is static), but it kind of fails when changing light conditions becomes necessary. Is there a good way to use this with dynamic lighting (for example, using light baking to avoid unnecessarily re-calculating lighting between frames)?

      • Raphael Barros

        I think you could bake everything that won’t change much and let your renderer handle all the other variable stuff.

    • David Frazier

      I’m so excited to get started here Gleb. Thank Jonathan Williamson for directing me here. I’m just now a Level 3 at CGCookie, having finished JW’s retopology workflow (retopo is indeed hell, but he made it less hot! XD). Anyway, thank you for making this site and for all you do.

    • Awesome tutorial mate ! I love the result… The baking process is still an obscure subject for me. Thanks for all !

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    • Siva Prakash.S csea2016

      wow..This is the first time i’m watching his tutorial…he’s a mix shader of pewdiepie and blenderguru lol..Entertaining and informative<3

    • Santosh Nirankari

      Feeling baked now. The graphics you used are just so awesome. You should send it’s link to hackr. More people would love it.