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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. I love it :D Did you use the cloud generator for this? I also like the bright light coming out of the cloud shapes!

  2. Thank you for the kind words. This composite is from three separate blender render layers. The screen shot ( ) is of the torus portion of the image.

    Basically I use the Blender Cloud Generator to create voxel clouds. (Cloud Generator / Explosion / Particles on) I like to use a smaller amount of particles then push the particles around a bit with forces to get a nicer shape. Those renders are then composited in CS5 After Effects. I could comp in Blender though I'm much faster at comping in AE. The clouds and color come from Blender and the rays in the center of the torus is an AE radial blur from a third cloud added over the scene. This is processed in linear light (Blender export EXR files) so I have excellent control of color.
    Best regards,

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