I have been working on a building lately and I recently discovered the environment lighting which is awesome because it's useful when working on a project.

However, recently reloading the .blend file, everything gets rendered black. I never used a light source in the first place, so I don't know what's going on. I thought I might have touched some setting without noticing it, but everything seems in order. Also changing the settings doesn't yield any visible different result.

I'm using Blender Render (2.71 rc2), Ambient Occlusion of 0.30, and Environment Lighting of 1 (white). This is the difference between what it used to be and what it renders now:

Environment lighting example picture

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    $\begingroup$ Could you post your .blend? $\endgroup$ Jul 6, 2014 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ Is raytracing on at render tab ? $\endgroup$
    – gabrign
    Jul 7, 2014 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ @gabrign Please check my self-answer below, the problem has been solved. :) $\endgroup$
    – Alenanno
    Jul 7, 2014 at 9:05

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I managed to solve it thanks to Richard on Blenderartits.org, basically I had to check Shadows under Shading in the Render Tab:

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm having the similar problem, but I can't find this shading menu , where exactly is it? $\endgroup$
    – ideorium
    May 25, 2016 at 8:33
  • $\begingroup$ @ideorium Sorry, I seem to have never seen your message. Did you check under the Render Tab as mentioned in the answer? $\endgroup$
    – Alenanno
    Jul 14, 2017 at 17:23

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