William Chamberlin has recently released a fabulous tutorial on creating a realistic render of LDraw bricks. (LDraw is a virtualÂ library of 3D LEGO parts) It's well-written and easy to follow, so check it out.
What follows is a simple tutorial on how to achieve a near-photo-realistic render of basic Lego bricks using Blender. In order to use this tutorial, you will need version 2.46 of Blender (the most recent as of this writing). This tutorial is meant to demonstrate how high-quality renders can be produced using simple techniques, without getting into complicated processes like modelling custom Lego bricks. For this tutorial, IÊ¼m assuming that you know the basics of the Blender software.