Blender 3D Tips, Tricks & Training

ChrisP’s Feature-Packed Startup File

I have put together a really handy Startup file containing

  • Stage (Seamless & Room w/ individual walls)
  • Lights (3-Point Studio Lighting)
  • Camera (w/ Track-To and Focus Point)
  • Volumetric Dust Particles
  • HDRI (w/ Coordinates Controller)
  • Fixed World Center Empty
  • Shader Preview Orb
  • Materials (Metallic Car Paint, Architectural Glass, Plastic, Procedural Scratches, Dust, …)
  • Scripts (Animation Nodes rendering, Bullet Time Effect)
  • Feature-Packed Compositor Node Tree (Anamorphic Lens Flares, Fake Volumetrics, Glitches, Sharpen, Glare, Color Correction/Grading, Dirt, Vignette, …)
  • Practical Default Settings

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Animation Nodes

Animation Nodes is an awesome free Add-On for the great 3D software Blender and was created by Jacques Lucke.

I used to publish my own builds for B2.8x here but as of October 2019 I don’t see the need any longer since there are current builds (even with extra nodes!) for Blender 2.8+/2.9+/3.0+ available at GraphicAll or from 3DSinghVFX at GitHub (see Latest)

Blender crashes when rendering animations?

The latest builds of AN have improved this issue drastically, BUT if you still experience crashes when rendering with “Auto Execution” switched on (I found that 1 out of 5 render jobs still crash), then there are several things you can do/try:

  1. Best solution when you are 100% ready to render: Watch the “NO MORE CRASHES!” video
  2. Switch on “Lock Interface” in the Render menu
  3. Bake the animation to keyframes (if possible)
  4. Use “Viewport Rendering”

If you run into other problems with AN you might also want to check my troubleshooting video!


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Material Packs for EEVEE & Cycles

Note: Patrons of level Gold Monkey (or above)
get all existing and future (!) material packs FOR FREE!

Or you can purchase material packs individually from BlenderMarket by clicking an item below:


3D Printed Shader v2

for Blender 2.93 / 3.x (Cycles & EEVEE)


Granite Material Asset Pack v2

for Blender 2.92+/3+ with Asset Manager (EEVEE & Cycles)




+ BONUS: Dust-Shader

Updated Version for Blender 2.9+/3+ available for GOLD tier Patrons as a FREE DOWNLOAD!


Silver, Gold, Platinum & Pewter

Procedural Material Pack

2x Granite Shader

V1: for Blender 2.8, Procedural, EEVEE & Cycles

see V2 above!

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