Create a Realistic Water Simulation

Whether you like it shaken or stirred, Cycles and the Fluid Simulator tastes delicious.

37 minutes
Blender Cycles Build r41599
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.8/5 (336 votes cast)

In this tutorial you will discover:

  • Realistic fluid settings
  • Water and glass materials for Cycles
  • How to model ice cubes and puddles

Up until now blender’s fluid simulator has kind of been a waste of time. Sure the fluid looked okay in the viewport, but when it came to rendering the internal renderer did a horrible job. The complex properties of water meant that it simply couldn’t create realistic results. However, thanks to the new physically accurate rending engine Cycles, we can have fluid that actually looks half decent.

Enter into a new era of realistic water and glass.

Finished Result

Realistic Water Simulation in Blender

Pour yourself a glass of Cycles

The image is based off this concept from iStockPhoto.

At a Glance

Screenshots from the video:

Further Inspiration

Not sure where to take this tutorial? Check out the links below for more fluid inspiration:

Create something cool with this tutorial? Post it below! I’m keen to see your results :)

Create a Realistic Water Simulation, 4.8 out of 5 based on 336 ratings

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Enrique Martínez

    excellent tutorial!!!
    this is my final result. I am new at this and I would like to receive critiques and suggestions

  • Elias

    I’m pretty much new to Blender and I love watching your tutorials. They are very helpful! This is actually the first project I finished

  • Gustav

    Phantastic, says Gustav. As always very good explanation.

  • Oliver Butowski

    Awesome tutorial Andrew. Your the best
    (Done with the internal render engine)
    Greetings from Germany

  • shachar harshuv

    I made a diffect type of cup

  • Colin

    Very awesome tutorial, can’t wait to do another one!

  • Brennus

    Fantastic tutorial. Thank you!

  • Dan Chae

    Hello! Thanks Mr Price for yet another amazing tutorial!
    Here’s my result: