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New Book: Open Shading Language for Blender



Michel Anders presents an e-book that covers OSL (Open Shading Language) shading.

Michel writes:

Hi there,

I am happy to announce that I have just released a new e-book aimed at people who want to learn Open Shading Language for Blender. You can read more about it on this page.

You can find a sample of the first few chapters there and details on how to purchase it. Readers of BlenderNation who purchase it this year at Smashwords may enter the coupon code QK46Y to get it for just $3.99

I hope people will enjoy reading the book just as much as I enjoyed writing it.

-- Michel


  1. Good! There aren't a whole lot of references covering OSL with Cycles out there. It can be kinda hard to find even good practical examples of its usage sometimes, and I think that it's because, generally, most folks don't really know what its true potential is.

    Even I myself, while I get the general idea behind OSL, find it easier to just ad-hoc a way using standard Cycles nodes than to fool around with OSL, but I know that results could be better (or at least, much more interesting) if I'd only dabble with OSL.

    So maybe a good reference out there like this one could help change some of that general notion. I hope we see more emphasis centering on OSL's usage in Cycles.

    • I agree, Brian. When I was doing some research on OSL a couple months back I saw very little info on OSL and Cycles. I was kind of surprised to see a book about it here(with the lack of info online). Hopefully this will give it some attention by artists and make it more of a viable shading option in the near future. I was a bit surprised to see some of the capabilities of OSL but found my lack of knowledge and time to learn it not worth it, at least on my current project. May have to check out this book if I can create more hours in my day!

  2. Wow!
    This is really good news! Huge thanks for Michael Anders. This is a massive contribution for the shader writters community . I've been trying to find OSL tutorials but there aren't many resources out there.

  3. One book to have for anyone having interest in OSL. Beautifully written and has content that ramps up, perfect for any level.

    Still reading it now, will review soon.

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