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Lesson 10 - Particles


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Neal Hirsig


Lesson #10 examines Blender's Particle system.

Suggested Texbook Readings:

Read Chapter 13 of the John Blain "Complete Guide to Blender Graphics" - Particles (pages 239-282)

Video Tutorials:

10-01 - Basic Blender Particles Part 1
10-02 - Basic Blender Particles Part 2
10-03 - Smoke Particles
10-04 - Smoke Simulation
10-05 - Fire Particles
10-06 - Fire Simulation
10-07 - Static Particles

PDF Tutorials:

swarm of bees

Lesson 10 - 10A - Swarm of Bees

Swarm of Bees PDF Tutorial
Swarm of Bees.mp4 *
Swarm of Bees Complete.blend
Swarm of


Lesson 10 - 10B - Candle (Optional)

Candle PDF Tutorial
Candle.mp4 *
Candle Complete.blend

*If MP4 file doesn’t open, right click on file, save to desktop, then open with your media player.


Model a short smoke stack and render a 200 frame animation of smoke billowing out of the stack, something like shown in this video. (Variation) - Add sparks to the smoke.

If you cannot see the above animation you can view the animation HERE.