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The Cycles Shader Encyclopedia


Greg Zaal has published an extensive overview of Cycles Shaders on Blender Guru.

Find Cycles Nodes a little confusing? You’re not alone.

Whilst Cycles Nodes offer almost you limitless control over a materials, many users struggle to understand it’s labyrinth of options.

Which is why this article dares to do the impossible: explain every Cycles shader in easy to understand, plain English.

Enjoy! -Greg Zaal

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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.

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