The BlenderDiplom Blog features test, doodles, previews for tutorials and various other things related to Blender.

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Blender 2.71: Smoke and Fire in Cycles

Blender 2.71 will have the possibility to render smoke and fire in Cycles. This is a feature many users have waited for since Cycles was first shown to the public. Here are some demos:

Cubism style in Blender

As I was trying to come up with a title image for the updated displace modifier tutorial, I simply used it on Suzanne. The result reminded me very much of cubism style, more precisely of a painting I had to reproduce in school: Picasso's Three Musicians. I studied the original and realized:

Blender Volumetric Absorption

Preview: Volume Absorption in 2.70

Blender 2.70 will have one big new feature: Volumetrics! Not the entire toolbox like point densities or voxel rendering which would be required for smoke. But small things like volumetric absorption!

Blender cycles material and textures cookbook

Book Review: Blender 2.6 Cycles Materials and Textures Cookbook

An in-depth review of the eBook edition of "Blender 2.6 Cycles Materials And Textures Cookbook" which is written by Enrico Valenza and published by Packt Publishing.

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Demo: Volume Rendering with Blender Cycles

This is a short demo video of things to come for Blender. If everything works out all right, volume rendering will be included in Blender 2.70 (hey, we don't even have version 2.69 yet).

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SPH Fluid Particles - Roman Fountain

This is a brand new test of the current implementation of the SPH fluid particles in Blender 2.68a. It uses the double-density solver and 500.000 particles. Blendfile availabe for download and study.

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Blender 2.68 Feature: Smooth Fire Emitters

Blender 2.67 has just been released and there is already awesome new things added to the development version of Blender 2.68. Like this great new feature by MiikaH - smooth emitters for high resolution smoke and fire simulations!