• Monday , 20 May 2019

Smoke Simulation Tutorial – Blender Cycles

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In this video, we’ll be taking a look at Blender’s smoke simulation engine, rendered in Cycles. Huge thanks to everyone requesting this tutorial! It was a lot of fun to make. See timestamps below:

*IMPORTANT: Make sure you are in the Cycles Render Engine before adding the Quick Smoke effect. This will automatically set up the smoke material.

0:08 – Quick Smoke
2:06 – Animating the emitter
4:21 – Camera and lighting
9:26 – Rendering and exporting
12:17 – Post production in After Effects

Please feel free to check out my instagram for more Blender experiments: http://instagr.am/lotsalote


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  1. Lucas Henrique Barbieri
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Why can't I see the smoke in the rendered view?

  2. Simone Priore
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    My smoke in the final render seems all blurred. Does anyone knows why? I also tried to set the focal lens but nothin seems change

  3. Lucky's Horoscopes
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Latest version render is black you skipped how you made the materials for the smoke that's where everything seems to go wrong for the rendering results. Could you do a separate video on how you enhanced your color choices and should we be in render cycles before we hit quick smoke ?

  4. Lorenzo Hines
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    how were you able to get the color changes with the smoke?

  5. TheVeryMagenta Puppy
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Wow amazing tutorial,
    it really helped me!

  6. Artem Kruglov
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Have a problem. I can create smoke? but when I render it I see the domain, cube.

  7. ello propello
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    what could cause the smoke to be rendered without the color? what did i miss or did something change? i am using 2.79. the preview works colored by the renderer just creates grey smoke

  8. Dejuandro Darmansius
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    YOU ARE AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Mouseagent
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Awesome school project! Really helped me out man, A+

  10. The Blender Academy
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Great !

  11. Chris Sampson
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Really helpful, thanks very much!

  12. Николь Млинова
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Hello lotsalote!
    Just did this tutorial from the beginning in Cycles and everything goes well and in render view it show me my smoke and i even render it in low quality to look how's it.

    After i bake my simulation… Now i can't see what's happened, because i see only BLACK CUBE (smoke domain) and when i start render it just a black cube…
    Maybe you know why?

  13. the Visual smith
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    if you're doing a tutorial on something like smoke simulation, don't waste any time on explaning the viewers how to do some basic blender operations regarding the user interface.
    The average viewers will most likely know how to move or rotate an object and how to snap rotation properties or how to create keyframes.
    Don't waste any time on explaining how to setup lights, because 1stly, the way you did it is super easy, so there's no explanation required
    and 2ndly, because there's a lot that can be done with lighting in blender, information like this can be included in a dedicated video.
    You could've spent more time on the smoke tool itself, going a little bit into detail about the basics and most usefull functions.

  14. Michael Morlan
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    An excellent tutorial, clear, concise, and well demonstrated.

  15. M I Patiala
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Is i5 processor okay to use blender software??

  16. Elias McKee
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Holy shit guy please do more tutorials on this subject. Trying to get better with lighting and molding smoke into shapes. Your explanations are of exceptional quality. Thanks so much!

  17. TommyGun
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Am I too late to comment for your school project and say how amazing that is? Haha

  18. electro radio
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    in rendered vision with cycles I see only a box, but in blender render i can see the smoke. Anyone knows where's the problem?

    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    color of smoke doesn't appear in blender 2.79 with cycles render active at the begining of the scene. The smoke it's just grey ! Need to add a material or something like that ? look : https://www.casimages.com/i/180821075852368850.png.html

  20. Tommy Aguirre
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    1st of all great video. Pretty educational. 2. how do i add the keyboard on the corner? lol

    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Oh my videocard is…. Render is very low… 😔😖

  22. Ivana Laila Drobna
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Thank you!

  23. Sey Maple
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    awesome tutorial!! how long was the render time and what type of cpu are you running?

  24. Myburgh Roux
    October 12, 2018 at 20:42

    Now to know how apple make the wallpapers for their macbooks and iMacs

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