Blender newbie here.

I've created a really simple scene consisting of a subdivided and smoothed sphere, then applied a texture and created a Sun light. Rendering in Cycles I'm experiencing a very odd looking shadow edge. Anyone encountered anything like this? From Maya I'm used to be able to increase the sample of individual lights but I can't seem to see a similar option.

Jagged shadow edge with single sun source

I'm in 2.8 by the way.

By comparison the shadow is actually looking pretty decent in Eevee without changing anything.

Thanks for all your expertise!

  • $\begingroup$ try to increase your lamp size $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Aug 8, 2019 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ May I ask how exactly I can do that with a sun light? Can't seem to find any options for it. I've solved the jagged line but the shadow is still very hard and I'd like to soften the falloff a bit. Thanks! :) $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2019 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ Never mind, turned out to just be called 'angle' instead. Thanks all! $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2019 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ yes I think it's called Angle in 2.8 ;) $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Aug 8, 2019 at 20:05


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