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Video: How to Create Glint Effects in Blender


disco.jpgKernon has been steadily creating new videotutorials. And even though he's a writer here at BlenderNation, he's either too shy or too modest (I'm voting for the latter one) to publish about any of them! Anyway, here's his latest tutorial: creating glint effects in Blender with Halo effects. The method allows for exact placement of glints in your images.

Kernon writes:

Adding glints to your scenes can add an extra touch of realism and excitement. This video tutorial will show you, step-by-step, how to easily add glint effects.

Topics covered:
Halo types
Basic Compositing using the AlphaOver node
and more...

Even though the method doesn't work well for animations (well, it works, but it's a LOT of work), I think it's a great way to have exact control over the placement of glints in stills.

The tutorial is half an hour long, and you can either watch it online or download it from Kernon's site. Enjoy!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Is this video tutorial available in a video file format that can be played with an ordinary video player? This flash stuff does not work.

    It would be a pity, if Kernons work is useless because it can not be viewed.

  2. @Hans-Peter Bock: ever heard of a book called Flash is 99% good? I think you're in the 1% No one is going to stop using flash. Update your computer. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but its true.

  3. Yes, the videos play back fine on all the platforms that I have access to. If you don't want to use Flash, that's your choice, of course, but don't expect content creators to change their delivery method because of that.

  4. your VT is the one, thanks a lot for taking your time to make it. at least now i and i'm sure all other blenderheads all across the globe have leaned what the "do composite" and "do sequense" buttons do, Your tutorial has served its purpose.

  5. @Hans-Peter Bock
    Actually, the .SWF videos are playable in the Media Player Classic application. It's free and I believe it runs on most platforms. Just drag-drop the file into the app and you're all set. I recently discovered this so, maybe I should include that in each tutorial post along with the Flash links.

    There may be other media players that will play the file as well. Enjoy.

    Thanks Bart!

  6. Actually, @Hans-Peter Bock, I'm very glad that finally, there seems to be a STANDARD and CROSS-PLATFORM way to deliver video to everyone, which is actually Flash. Only a year ago, it was always a "1:10" chance if you saw a "Watch video!" link and you were on Linux. Nowadays, it's rather "10:1" because almost everyone uses Flash, and I'm happy about that :)

  7. Flash is not a standard. FLash is only cross platform for platforms Adobe chooses to support with it's black box. The link still doesn't work with a default 6.10 Ubuntu non-free flash player, I'll have to try upgrading to version 9.

  8. @Hans-Peter Bock: Ever heard of an element of grammar called "punctuation"??? It makes your posts more readable and understandable, so that we don't have to read it 243464525 times to try and figure out what you're saying...

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