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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've just posted a screenshot on my blog (link under image above) showing the fairly complex compositing setup for the original comp of this graphic. Basically I'm using multiple dilate/erode nodes and pushing the sun geometry back visually to effectively make it look a lot smaller. And then adding this over the top of the sun with the glare effect applied to it. Blendercookie have a really good compositing tute by Porter Nielsen 'Creating a scene from space', which address some of the techniques I used. However I can't remember if he uses the dilate technique. Would love to see some more flare and glare nodes/options in Blender :-)

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