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Render Quality

Many factors go into the quality of the rendered image. Rendering a scene without changing any of the render settings is probably going to produce a rather unpleasant image. In previous chapters, you have learned how to model, shade, texture, and light scenes. Optimizing settings with respect to those areas will help to produce quality images, but there are some important settings that come into play before hitting the render button. These can directly affect the look of the rendered image.

The next section covers render layers and render passes, both of which allow you to compose an image from several elements of a scene. In some cases it is necessary to render effects straight out of the renderer, rather than creating them in "post."

Color Management and Exposure

One important aspect of 3D rendering that is often overlooked is color management. Without color management, or more commonly, linear rendering, render engines interpret scene lighting correctly, but display them incorrectly on your monitor. Blender simplifies this workflow, but it is important to know how the color space of a rendered image factors into your pipeline.


Anti-Aliasing removes jagged edges that appear in contrasting areas of color. This is a very important aspect of render quality. Without this render setting, images usually appear particularly CG and amateur.

Exposure (Lighting)

Exposure is, in physical terms, the length of time a camera's film or sensor is exposed to light. Longer exposure times create a brighter image. In CG, the recorded light values are offset to simulate longer or shorter exposures. This can be achieved through lighting settings, or better, through Color Management settings

Depth of Field

Real cameras have a specific focal length. This is the distance from the lens where everything is in focus. Certain factors determine how much objects out of this range, or depth of field, are out of focus. By default, when rendering, all objects appear in perfect focus. Depth of Field (DOF) can create an unusual or appropriate sense of scale, depending how it is used.

Motion Blur

Cameras have a certain shutter speed, or the length of time the film is exposed to the image. Things that are in motion while the picture is taken will have some degree of blurring. Faster-moving objects will appear more blurred than slower objects. This is an important effect in CG because it is an artifact that we expect to see, and when it is missing, an image may not be believable.

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World and Ambient Effects


World Background

Ambient Effects

Stars (2.69)

Game Engine


Introduction to the Game Engine
Game Logic Screen Layout


Logic Properties and States
The Logic Editor


Introduction to Sensors
Sensor Editing
Common Options
-Actuator Sensor
-Always Sensor
-Collision Sensor
-Delay Sensor
-Joystick Sensor
-Keyboard Sensor
-Message Sensor
-Mouse Sensor
-Near Sensor
-Property Sensor
-Radar Sensor
-Random Sensor
-Ray Sensor
-Touch Sensor


Controller Editing
-AND Controller
-OR Controller
-NAND Controller
-NOR Controller
-XOR Controller
-XNOR Controller
-Expression Controller
-Python Controller


Actuator Editing
Common Options
-2D Filters Actuator
-Action Actuator
-Camera Actuator
-Constraint Actuator
-Edit Object Actuator
-Game Actuator
-Message Actuator
-Motion Actuator
-Parent Actuator
-Property Actuator
-Random Actuator
-Scene Actuator
-Sound Actuator
-State Actuator
-Steering Actuator
-Visibility Actuator

Game Properties

Property Editing

Game States



Camera Editing
Stereo Camera
Dome Camera




Material Physics
No Collision Object
Static Object
Dynamic Object
Rigid Body Object
Soft Body Object
Vehicle Controller
Sensor Object
Occluder Object

Path Finding

Navigation Mesh Modifier

Game Performance

Framerate and Profile
Level of Detail

Python API

Bullet physics


Standalone Player
Licensing of Blender Game

Android Support

Android Game development