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When Blender had its internal render engine, you could set it to render objects as a halo, rather then as a solid. It also allowed for starburst and other effects in the halo. I would like to know how to do the Halo effect using Blender 2.80, preferably in Cycles. I doubt there is away to add the other effects that were possible.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't want halos from particles, I want the mesh it self to emit the halo effect., like in the old internal blender render. I don't want to have to set up a particle system at all. $\endgroup$ – Jarrett Vann Nov 20 at 21:19
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A similar question was asked a little while ago. The following answer should provide you with the information to render halos in Cycles: (see 'Point Clouds'). https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/45487/23799

Since the linked answer is over a year old, I went ahead and verified it's content for Blender 2.80 and expanded upon the explanation on how to set this up. For further reference on this method, see the aforementioned post.


As an example, I've added a mesh that will represent the location of the particles in the particle system. Add a particle system to the mesh and leave the settings as is. enter image description here

Add a mesh that completely encompasses the particles in the particle system. This will be your volume shader. Create a material for this mesh and open the Shader Editor.
(I have made the cube semi-transparent so you can see what's going on inside). enter image description here

In the Shader Editor, detach the Principled BSDF Shader node(or delete it) and add a Point Density shader (Add > Texture > Point Density) and an Emission shader (Add > Shader > Emission).
Connect the Density output of the Point Density node to the Strength input of the Emission shader.
Then connect the output of the Emission shader to the Volume input of the Material Output node.

Set the nodes up as follows; In the Point Density node, select the object to which you added the particle system(in this case, Suzanne) and select its(her?) particle system (called 'ParticleSettings' here) in the Particle System input below. Leave the other settings as is. enter image description here

Now, if you render the image using (Viewport) Render, you'll see the particles glow up. You can change the size of the glow by changing the 'Radius' setting in the Point Density node. enter image description here

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