Compositing Cycles Render Passes in Blender

In this tutorial we will look at how to use the individual render passes for Cycles to manually composite our render together. The render passes represent each of the components that make up the final image, including diffuse color, diffuse bounce lighting, glossy reflection, etc. By using the render passes to composite the render together we gain utmost control over each aspect of our image, allowing us to modify or fix areas in composting that otherwise would require a new render.

Using a product render as an example, you will learn how to properly composite each of the render passes together from Cycles to get the final image. You will learn how to reduce noise on the individual passes that cause the noise, how to use the UV pass to replace textures in compositing, and you will learn how to remove fireflies from the render.

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You know, I was really stoked about this. But truthfully, there were quite a few problems with it. It was SO fast that it was very difficult to follow. He breezed through many things without an explanation of why it was being done that way.

I’m NOT knocking this tutorial. It really is good and I figure I’ll have to watch it 3-4 times while playing around with it. I guess I was just frustrated because it could have been so much better. It would probably need to be a 3 or 4 part series maybe, but it would be worth it.

Yes, I understand there are a lot of similarities between compositing in BI and cycles, but there are also many unique things to cycles. Since this is the future of Blender, I think a lot of users could benefit from something between a single tutorial and a DVD. Something that goes into detail for intermediate users but not something that runs through it so fast that we miss the concepts behind what is being done.

Again, don’t get me wrong. WATCH THIS TUTORIAL. I’m just offering some constructive criticism in the hopes of getting more tutorials on this subject :slight_smile:

Keep up the great work!!

Time has only one speed, little grasshopper, and it’s forwards. (Obscure buddhist proverb) :wink:

In other words: One day you’ll find that it isn’t too fast… but this is not the day. I didn’t find it too fast and English isn’t even my primary language.

I was really amazed by what Blender can do. I learned a few tricks but I won’t say that everything sank in. That’s why I use DownloadHelper (Free ad for a free Add-on for your browser.) to save such videos to replay at will with the comfort of the controls of a “real” media player.

Rewind is your friend… :yes:

Very great!! I was impressed with the power of compositing!!! Any blenderhead need this tutorial!!!

Is this tutorial still available somewhere? The link is broken :frowning:
And the tutorial is not found in the archives section of CG Cookie either.


Hmm… Indeed. Can you please upload it to Vimeo or YouTube ?

Google says it’s here.