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I'd like to use Blender cycles to generate an image which can be used as a world background image. An example is this kind of image is from hrdmaps.com enter image description here

How can a blender scene be rendered like this?

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  • $\begingroup$ Have you looked into the panoramic cameras settings under Properties Window > Object Data (camera) > Lens > Panoramic ? $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Sep 17 '16 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ Which render engine are you using? $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Sep 17 '16 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ I want to do this in cycles. The question was updated. $\endgroup$ – Ed Tate Sep 17 '16 at 15:16
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This is natively supported in Cycles.

  • Set your output resolution at a 2x1 ratio (e.g. 2048x1024).

  • Select the camera.

  • In the properties window, camera tab, select "Panoramic."

  • For "Type" select Equirectangular.

Here's what it looks like for me:

enter image description here

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