Blender Tutorial: How to Create Ripples Effect


    Animating the fabulous ripples in Blender is easier than you think. After watching this 13 minutes tutorial you’ll be ready to create all kinds of ripples, splashes and puddles. Moreover, this is technique can be used in the real-time game engines like Unreal or Unity.

    Download the ripples animated texture

    “What will I learn?”

    • How to use the Wave modifier

    • How to create puddles

    • What the heck is the Dynamic Paint

    • The easy way to simulate fluids in Blender

    • Bake the animated sequence and use it as a normal map

    “What kind of effects can I create?”

    Ripples. And rippling water.

    A good news, you can apply this not only to the planar surfaces, but to any kind of surface. A spherical bubble would be a nice example, I think.

    ripples in blender

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    1. Mc Gavish

      Awesome Gleb! I have an idea for faster ripples rendering. Instead of using Cycles to render bump maps you can use Normal Map Matcap, set the camera perpendicularly to the surface and render it by viewport’s OpenGL. Cheers!

      • Mc Gavish, can’t stress enough how useful is that tip! And it would be a lot faster indeed.

        • Mc Gavish

          That’s right, this technique can replace even Bake Tool in some cases 😉

      • Samuel Martin

        Oooh, that’s clever !!

      • Ralph Gauer

        Thanks also! This is exactly what I did, and it worked perfectly. Gleb’s tutorial is excellent, and your addition adds 10 points to his 100%.

    2. What is the purpose of adding the wave modifier? Dynamic paint doesn’t need a wave modifier to be present to be able to use ‘Waves’ surface type.

      • Ray, I guess that’s my fault then. Ah, fiddlesticks. That’s embarassing! 🙂

    3. Uncle Snail

      What? No more old theme song? Oh well….. It’s a useful tutorial anyway. 🙂 Especially because I’v never gotten dynamic paint with particle systems to work properly. 😛 Thanks.

      • We gonna hear the old theme too 🙂 And the bunch of new themes as well! The future is fun.

    4. Bruno Silva

      You are the best

    5. Michel Rochette

      Thanks for the share !

    6. jason young

      Here is what I made fallowing your tutorial. I hope you like it

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