So I have a scene in the layout tab, I've gone to the render tab, I've chosen "new image", and I can set dimensions like 1920x1080. But all it does is change the size of a large black box. Where is the button that says "go!" or "render!" that makes it actually render something in the black box that I can then save?

Is a rendering supposed to show in the black box automatically and it just isn't working? Or if there's a button that starts the render where is it?

I'm just trying to make one frame render at this point.

Here's a picture of what I see:

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  • $\begingroup$ On the top left there is a button 'Render' $\endgroup$ – WhatAMesh Feb 18 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ I've added a screenshot of what I see, I'm not seeing a render button anywhere. $\endgroup$ – Nick Feb 18 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, I can render from the menu render->render image (f12), but that doesn't seem to be attached to the render tab in any way and opens a completely new window. $\endgroup$ – Nick Feb 18 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ Top left of your screen shot is a button called 'Render' click on it and choose Render Image. Blender 2.8 is different from 2.79b, the render options, output formats and actual button to render are separated $\endgroup$ – WhatAMesh Feb 18 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ You're talking about the render menu. That works, but I'm trying to figure out how to use the render tab, where there's a big black box that looks like an image should render inside of it. Are you saying that box isn't supposed to do anything, and that rendering isn't actually done on the render tab? The render menu is available on all tabs. $\endgroup$ – Nick Feb 18 at 22:20

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First (1) Setup your size and output Second (2) check your layers ready to be rendered.

Then go to the Render menu and select Render (F12). This is the default "GO" button on Blender 2.8. I know you´re asking for the big buttons on 2.79, they´re gone.

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A lot of users on the Blender community are asking for those buttons to be back, you're not the only one. This was a recent change.

  • $\begingroup$ What is the purpose of the render tab then, if you can set the settings in the layout tab (on the scene object), and then render using the render menu that is available on all tabs? Is the render tab just a way to view previous renders? $\endgroup$ – Nick Feb 19 at 2:02

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