enter image description hereenter image description hereI set my render to sample 800 samples.

When I look in the corner while rendering it only says 510 and has LOTS of pixelation.

I've never had this problem before.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I am also using Cycles. $\endgroup$ – BinaryGreen Dec 20 '14 at 2:14
  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible you could you upload a screenshot of this? $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 20 '14 at 2:19
  • $\begingroup$ Is there any more information you could include? Things like: Can you replicate this consistently? What have you tried? $\endgroup$ – VRM Dec 20 '14 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ Embed a screenshot by clicking the little image icon and selecting the file path. $\endgroup$ – VRM Dec 20 '14 at 2:22
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    $\begingroup$ !!! You have square samples enabled, so you are trying to render 640,000 samples! (640,000 = 800^2) You probably want to disable square samples in Render Settings > Sampling. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 20 '14 at 7:33

You appear to have a per-renderlayer sample override limit set in Properties > Render layers > Layer:

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To avoid this, either set the sample override to 0 in the appropriate renderlayers, or tell blender to ignore per-renderlayer sample overrides in Properties > Render settings > Sampling:

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Note that you have Square Samples enabled. This means that blender will use the number of samples you specified2. The total number of samples is displayed below:

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(TBH I don't really see the point of this feature..)

Also 500 bounces are almost never needed. Higher numbers of bounces give diminishing returns, and I doubt there will be much visual difference between 6 bounces and 100 bounces in a fairly diffuse scene such as yours.

  • $\begingroup$ From your view, so for all the integrator (however you spell it) settings should be somewhere between 6 and 100? Like the transparency, etc? $\endgroup$ – BinaryGreen Dec 20 '14 at 12:22
  • $\begingroup$ I GOT IT! You're a natural! Thank you so much! What I think messed it up is first I made one layer with the car and a second with the land, and probably accidentally changed the settings as I moved all to one layer. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – BinaryGreen Dec 20 '14 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I started another project. It's not working again. I ignored layer samples, set scene to 1000, how do I fix this thing again? $\endgroup$ – BinaryGreen Dec 20 '14 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ @NoviceInDisguise What is supposed to be different? $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 20 '14 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ @BinaryGreen Huh.. Is it possible you could upload your .blend? It sounds like something weird is happening, and this would be the easiest way to find out what. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 20 '14 at 20:31

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