I am quite new to using Blender, currently using the 2.8 Beta Version, and I decided to make a Low-Poly Island from a tutorial I found on YouTube

In the tutorial, he added a Light and changed it to the "Sun" setting, which I did. He changed the color of the light, made sure the Strength was all the way up (at 10), and turned Contact Shadows on. When he put it into rendering mode, it displayed a beautiful source of light that he was able to move around into the perfect angle, when I put it into rendering mode, and my model was all black, no light to be found.

I've tried everything I could, looking up tutorials on how to fix it, playing around with the settings, and after about 2 hours of attempting to get the lighting to work, I never got it. I've rewatched the video numerous times to make sure I followed everything step by step, and I could not find any possible errors or mistakes. I am doing this render as a project for my Digital Arts II class in High School.

This is what my model looked like.


  • $\begingroup$ make sure you added a material to the mesh, and if possible, share the .blend file $\endgroup$ – Diogo Valadares Apr 22 '19 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ Could be a lot of things. Suggest you put your file here: pasteall.org/blend and add a link to it in your query. $\endgroup$ – edna Apr 22 '19 at 15:28
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    $\begingroup$ You should use blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com to post your .blend file $\endgroup$ – Dontwalk Apr 22 '19 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ pasteall.org/blend/index.php?id=51602 $\endgroup$ – Ethan Cahill Apr 22 '19 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ For some reason it worked after I pressed <kbd>/</kbd> so maybe try that sorry if it doesn't work though $\endgroup$ – scott robins Apr 6 '20 at 12:25

My best guess is that you are not actually in render mode. I just downloaded the exact file you linked, opened it, pressed z and went into render view, and the material was not entirely black, it showed up as below:

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What process are you using to go into render mode? It works fine for me with your same file, so I would guess that you are in some other mode of displaying it.

  • $\begingroup$ I manually press the Render Mode icon next to the "Shading" drop-down menu, and once I do that, everything is all black for me. Can you download the download that you have (the one that works fine for you) so you can send it to me so I can see if it works on my end? I'm curious to see if it's a problem on my end, and once I figure that out, I can hopefully narrow things down. $\endgroup$ – Ethan Cahill Apr 22 '19 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ There's nothing for me to send to you, since the file I have is the same one as the file you posted on pasteall.org - I didn't change anything. One question. If you use the 'Render' dropdown menu and choose 'Render Image', is it still black? $\endgroup$ – person132 Apr 22 '19 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yup, it's still completely black. xomf.com/hjjbw $\endgroup$ – Ethan Cahill Apr 22 '19 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ Well, I guess I'm going to say that it has to be a problem with your computer, since the exact blender file you uploaded works fine for me. Are you sure you didn't change the file since uploading? Sorry I can't help, but I really have no idea at this point. $\endgroup$ – person132 Apr 22 '19 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ Positive. Something to also keep in mind though, I'm using a Macbook, but I don't think that's the issue, but I could very well be mistaken. $\endgroup$ – Ethan Cahill Apr 22 '19 at 17:57

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