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Procedural Textures

The Texture Type list in the Texture panel of the Texture Buttons. (Non procedural textures darkened out.)

Procedural textures are textures that are defined mathematically. They are generally relatively simple to use, because they don't need to be mapped in a special way - which doesn't mean that procedural textures can't become very complex.

These types of textures are 'real' 3D. By that we mean that they fit together perfectly at the edges and continue to look like what they are meant to look like even when they are cut; as if a block of wood had really been cut in two. Procedural textures are not filtered or anti-aliased. This is hardly ever a problem: the user can easily keep the specified frequencies within acceptable limits.

These are the available types:

Common options

Noise Basis

Noise Basis list

Each noise-based Blender texture (with the exception of Voronoi and simple noise) has a Noise Basis setting that allows the user to select which algorithm is used to generate the texture. This list includes the original Blender noise algorithm. The Noise Basis settings makes the procedural textures extremely flexible (especially Musgrave).
The Noise Basis governs the structural appearance of the texture :

Blender Original
Voronoi F1
Voronoi F2-F1
Original Perlin
Voronoi F2
Voronoi Crackle
Improved Perlin
Voronoi F3
Cell Noise
Voronoi F4

There are two more possible settings for Noise Basis, which are relatively similar to Blender Original: Improved Perlin and Original Perlin


Almost all procedural textures in Blender use derivatives for calculating normals for texture mapping (with as exception Blend and Magic). This is important for Normal and Displacment Maps. The strength of the effect is controlled with the Nabla Number Button.


Use the size buttons in the Mapping panel to set the size that the procedural textures are mapped to.

Procedural textures can either produce colored textures, intensity only textures, textures with alpha values and normal textures. If intensity only ones are used the result is a black and white texture, which can be greatly enhanced by the use of ramps. If on the other hand you use ramps and need an intensity value, you have to switch on No RGB in the Mapping panel.

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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
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Controller Editing
-AND Controller
-OR Controller
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-XNOR Controller
-Expression Controller
-Python Controller


Actuator Editing
Common Options
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-Edit Object Actuator
-Game Actuator
-Message Actuator
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-State Actuator
-Steering Actuator
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Game Properties

Property Editing

Game States



Camera Editing
Stereo Camera
Dome Camera




Material Physics
No Collision Object
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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