Introduction to Cycles

A complete introduction to Blender’s exciting new rendering engine: Cycles.

Length:
42 minutes
Software:
Blender 2.6 - Cycles Build
Difficulty:
Beginner
Rate:
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.9/5 (511 votes cast)

Welcome to Cycles!

Cycles is a brand new rendering engine built right into blender.

It’s flexible, fast and above all else: produces more realistic results. Forget everything you know about lighting and rendering in Blender… the game has officially changed ;)

In this tutorial you will discover:

  • The difference between the internal renderer and Cycles
  • Some of the cool features of Cycles
  • How to create your very first Cycles render
  • Using lights, materials, textures and bump mapping
  • How I made the donut scene

Finished Result

Mmm no calories

More shots at BlenderArtists.org

At a Glance

Screenshots from the video:


Further Inspiration

Here’s some inspiring works from the Blender community using Cycles:

Further Links

Cycles is big news for Blender and I can’t wait to see what works come out of it.

Post any Cycles images you create in the comments below :)

Introduction to Cycles, 4.9 out of 5 based on 511 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 ;)
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  • Talia Kester

    Somehow I can’t get the fluid to fall onto the torus and make a donut. It just turns into a square and drips down. Help, please!

  • Bryan Vivas
  • Bryan Vivas

    Hello! Andrew Price, Thanks for this awesome tutorial as always. After a time, here’s my result I followed every detail and my result is also wonderful.
    This is my first Render in Cycles that is quite different than Internal Render, but I like it.
    It took 2 hours to Render with 800 Samples, I tested my GPU Rendering but I didn’t see any difference with the processor speed.

  • Dorian Black

    cycle rendered scenes look just much more happy in cause of more lighting ;)

  • Oliver Butowski

    Thank you very much for this great tutorial.
    The image below took 4h to render on CPU (because GPU was not supported)

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  • Danny

    Is there anywhere I can download the starting file of this scene?

  • Andrew Garcia

    i got problem with my NODE EDITOR, my NODE EDITOR is diffrent with Andrew Price’s , need help

  • Guest

    Nevermind. For anyone else having same question as me its not beneath color it IS color subtab and its mixRGB not mix.

  • PhysStudent

    Edit: Nevermind. For anyone else having same question as me its not beneath color it IS color subtab and its mixRGB not mix. And if you click HD button at bottom right of video it’ll take you to vimeo website where you can view tutorial in higher resolution!

    28:42 – adding in a mix node. I can’t find this “mix” node anywhere! I see your cursor is below color but I can’t see what category its highlighting. Bad video res by vimeo. Where can I find mix node? I don’t see it under vector section (which for me is whats located directly underneath color)

  • Klivion

    I cant find the option to change my render device. I looked through the tutorial but it’s like it’s not there. Help.

    • http://ferretwilliams.com/ Garrett Williams

      Check the preferences under the System tab. You’ll see “compute device” in the bottom-left corner. The location changed since this tutorial was recorded. (Admittedly this response is late enough that you probably found the answer already)

    • http://ferretwilliams.com/ Garrett Williams

      Check the preferences under the System tab. You’ll see “compute device” in the bottom-left corner. The location changed since this tutorial was recorded. (Admittedly this response is late enough that you probably found the answer already)

  • PlatoLP

    Wich Version you use for all of your tutorials

    • Celesina

      He constantly upgrades his blender to the latest version for each video, so to answer your question completely….. the version is dependent on when he did the tutorial

  • Max

    I know its not looking that perfect as yours..but I think it pretty looks kinda nice (:
    So thank you for that tutorial :D

    • Max

      But how do I get the rendered image so clear
      I got many “pixel particles” on my pic so it doesnt look so realistic.
      How can I change so it looks so like yours?

      • E

        In the render options,go to “Sampling” and in “Render” type in a big number. I always type about 2000

    • edd

      looks like plasticine, there is much more potential with cycles

  • Guest

    :)