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I'm creating a simple fireball sprite for my game and I want to render a fire animation.

I would like to get the upper images with transparent background, but when is set the transparency on under Render -> Film one of my frames will look like lower pictures.

You can see the difference of these two images.

without transparency with transparency

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  • $\begingroup$ This works for me in 2.76b $\endgroup$ – VRM Dec 12 '15 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ Oh. I am very sorry for asking it then... I was still using an obsolete version of Blender... $\endgroup$ – TheLast_BlenderBender Dec 13 '15 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ That's ok. Try using the latest version from Blender.org, it should work correctly. There are a lot of cool new features too :) $\endgroup$ – VRM Dec 13 '15 at 0:43
  • $\begingroup$ Also note that if you have an Emission Shader plugged into the Volume output it won't be visible against a transparent background unless you are rendering out to EXR format. I don't know what kind of node setup you have, but figured it wouldn't hurt to mention that. $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Dec 13 '15 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ I used the transparency setting with the latest Blender version, but something went wrong. I didn' t get the result I desired. Here's the image of the basic settings I use to test, whether my flame gets rendered. gyazo.com/f3829e2e83d284344ecd841473c4397a And here's my node system for domain. Not sure, but I think I have missed something important. gyazo.com/de7a3281fa693f06440e0924b8f68e2f $\endgroup$ – TheLast_BlenderBender Dec 13 '15 at 13:53
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Blender's viewer is broken for that kind of images, so it's possible that your fire is rendered properly but the viewer isn't showing it correctly when you activated the "transparent" checkbox. Try to switch the channels preview setting in the viewer from "color+alpha" (RGBA) to "color" (RGB).

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If after doing that you can see the fire on black background, then your output is ok. (The ball occludes and emits, while the fire only emits.)

The next step is making sure that you're exporting the image correctly: You'll have to use a format that supports associated alpha. As @mentalist mentioned, EXR is one of those formats. You'll have to make sure that the program where you're going to use that sprite supports EXR and associated alpha images, otherwise it won't be composited properly. Keep in mind that PNG won't work for that, as it uses unassociated alpha.

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