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Fake Subsurface Scattering Tutorial



Peter Diefenthaler presents a technique for fast SSS simulation.

Peter writes:

In this Blender video tutorial, you'll learn the process of achieving a fake and fast rendering subsurface scattering effect. You'll first learn how to create a reusable node material that resembles translucency/backscatter, then go on to assemble a reusable node group in the compositor that simulates diffusion. The method isn't perfect, but it renders much faster than other SSS methods. The example in the tutorial is extreme, but for rendering things like skin, this technique may be all you need.



  1. Thanks for the tutorial. There are a lot nodes you covered which I never had the drive to learn about and it was nice to see a reasonable, well-done application of them.

  2. Dave Heinemann on

    Cool. Since what I do is mostly for the game engine, fast and fake is about all there is; if it can't draw in 1/60 second every time, it doesn't exist. I hadn't even thought of using dirty vertex colors for translucency.

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