training and templates for point density textures in blender

Produkt: Point Density Magical FX

Point Density Textures in Cycles open up a whole new world of magical effects. This training series by Blender Foundation Certified Trainer Gottfried Hofmann lets YOU enter this world as well. He demonstrates to you in-depth how to use Point Density features, so you can benefit from this new addition. The series includes templates that let you create stunning FX in no-time. This product is available in English only!

With Blender 2.76 the developers introduced a powerful new feature to the Cycles realm: Point Density Textures. Thanks to Cycles they can be integrated deeply into your scene. These effects are sure to add a little magic to YOUR renderings. The results are great for use in motion graphics and absolutely essential for VFX.

BlenderDiplom Point Density Magical FX features five professional quality effect setups ready to amaze your clients.

You can chose between two options: Video training and PDF documentation only or video training and PDF documentation plus ready to use templates, example files and more extras. The templates are licensed to be used freely for any purpose, commercial as well as  non-commercial.

Overview of the video lessons:

  1. Basic Magic: Discover how to use Point Density in conjunction with particles to create an effect that is really versatile and can be used in many different situations. The example scene is a logo reveal with a point density effect as background. It is also shown how you can put the effect into other scenes to create ghosts.
  2. Flaming Hull: Learn how to use Point Density with object vertices. The example scene is a bullet with a flaming hull revealing a logo. The setup can easily be adjusted and imported into other scenes to create flaming hulls around any object.
  3. An Ocean of spheres: Point Density textures still have some limitations. This tutorial shows you how you can overcome them by creating a setup that looks like point density but uses Blenders stock tools. The result is a cinematic logo reveal you can easily adjust using a texture.
  4. Smokey: Point Density can be used to fake smoke. You will learn how you can create a wisp of smoke that curls around a logo, revealing it that way and disappears. This is a style of smoke that was not possible in Blender before.
  5. Burner: Set your logo on fire in an extremely stylish fashion. Can be used with any image and adapted to many different use-cases.

Blender users about Point Density Magical FX:

I completed your PD Magic FX lessons yesterday. You really have a gift for creating tutorial videos, Gottfried. The videos were at the perfect pace to follow along and you clearly explained each step along the way. Congratulations on a great series - Kevin Healy, Scientist.

Point Density Magical FX is great! It will take you from not knowing what this effect is to being extremely comfortable with it. Definitely recommended, especially if you're doing any kind of visual effects work. - Sean Kenney, OpenVFX

Usually, templates for 3D and VFX software cost a lot of money and come with lot's of restrictions. Even for non-commercial use they usually start at $30 a piece and if you plan on commercial use, a common price is $90 or more, and even then many restrictions still apply. Here you have the chance to get a total of four templates for just $37.

We at BlenderDiplom see a lot of potential in Point Density Textures in Cycles. It is a powerful feature already, but there are so many more possibilities. The current roadmap for Blender and Cycles development will only make them more powerful in the near future. We will keep the product updated if there are relevant changes. Updates are free!

Order Video Training

$27 (+VAT in EU countries)

  • Video Training (5 lessons)
  • Starter .blend files
  • .blend of the promo image
  • PDF documentation of Point Density



Order the Pro Pack

$37 (+VAT in EU countries)

  • Video Training (5 lessons)
  • Starter .blend files
  • .blend of the promo image
  • PDF documentation of Point Density
  • 5 Templates
  • Text and Video HowTos for Templates
  • 7 Additional Demo Files
  • Hidden Bonus


All in all an excellent product that is reasonably priced and very well described. Review Score: 95%. - Terry Wallwork, Adventures in Blender


  • Is this a physical or download-only product?

    Digital download only. The videos can also be streamed if you purchase on Gumroad.
  • How large is the download size?

    If you want to download everything at once it is roughly 1,6 GByte.
  • What can I expect from the free updates?

    Point Density Textures in Cycles are very powerful already but they have just recently been added to Cycles so they might get additional features or general improvements. In that case the documentation will be updated and additional training and templates added.
  • What are the contents of the PDF documentation?

    The PDF documentation consists of 8 pages A4 and features 14 figures. If you are familiar with The Cycles Encyclopedia, you get an idea of the style and quality of the PDF documentation. It explains Cycles Point Density Textures in detail and leaves no questions unanswered.
  • How can I use the templates?

    Every template comes with instructions in the .blend and in PDF format. Each template is designed so that you can either use them directly like for example replacing text or logos or by linking / appending the main elements into your own scenes.
  • What is included in the demo files?

    The demo files are examples how the templates can be used. You will get all files used to create the teaser and the images you see above. All textures used in the demo files are CC0.