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Jagged shadow with custom toon shader

I'm trying to render (using EEVEE) a couple of objects with very simple toon shaders but I can't get the shadows right. I want hard shadows but right now they are all weird-shaped. Here is what I ...
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Why do the shadows on this detail normal map look so crunched?

wondering if this is a genuine issue, or if I'm just going insane. So, I wanted to try creating some normal maps from sculpted skin details (specifically goosebumps). Booted up a multires modifier, ...
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Object casting duplicated shadows on different objects

I'm inserting few objects in blender after doing motion tracking on a video. There's a plane that represents the floor (set as shadow catcher) and then, as you can see in the image there's a sort of ...
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How could I make a VDB volume not cast shadows?

I imported a VDB volume from Houdini into Blender 2.92 and it creates some weird shadows. How could I make it not cast any shadows? I went into Visibility > Ray Tracing but there's no Shadow ...
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How can I make grease pencil be effected by shadow?

I'm using grease pencil in surface draw mode to make my scene look painted, but I'm not sure how to make grease pencil respond to shadowing. I know grease pencil can't cast shadows, so I set my ...
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Odd shadow cutout

I'm very new to Blender (10 hours in!), and I'm coming across a problem I haven't been able to successfully google. I have an object casting a shadow on a plane. I'm using an Area light pointing ...
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How do I stop eevee shadows changing shape each frame?

I am doing an animation in eevee with one spot light, volumetric fog, the camera and light moving together over different models/objects.. My problem is each time it changes frame all the objects ...
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Smoke is not casting shadows in Eevee

Smoke is not casting shadows in Eevee render. The blend file is given below.
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Is it posible to get the coordinates of the shadow from its rendering?

I need to know the volume of the shadow cast by an object by a light or at least the coordinates of the contour of the shadow in the floor. I thought that it would be possible to get the coordinates ...
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Fix Crease Where Two Objects Meet

Goal: To get the two objects (mountain and flat plane) to have a seamless transition while still keeping them as separate objects. What I've Done: I made it so that the mountain texture fades to the ...
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RG(B) Map to create a toon/cel face shadow mask

First time modelling a proper anime-style character. I've been trying to create some smoother toon/cel shade-style shadows for the face of a character, I saw an idea used for Unreal that used an RGB ...
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Transparent eyebrow mesh start glowing if subsurface translucency map is added to skin (Cycles)

I'm making a lowpoly game character (using Blender 3.3.1). It is one mesh and has 3 materials on it. The eyebrows/lashes material is transparent. If I add a subsurface translucency map to the skin ...
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Imported OBJ is super dark

I did a 3D scan, imported the obj and removed the material. For some reason, it shows up super dark in the viewport and in cycles render view. I've played with the materials but it keeps showing up ...
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How to intensify and edit glass caustics?

I am having trouble with my caustics - using 3.2 and they work fine. However they do not do the trick just right - I need the shadow of the glass to have much more of the light streaks, following the ...
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Does anyone know the best way to change shadow colors?

I have used the shader nodes to almost get what I want, however I am running into many difficulties. I am making isometric 2D sprite art to a mod an existing game so I need to work within the confines ...
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Create object with no self casting shadows, but can cast and receive shadows in Eevee?

How do I create an object with no self casting shadows, but can cast and receive shadows in Eevee? (See image. Green: good! Red: Bad!) In the example, the object on the left has a normal node ...
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How to make shadow catcher object invisible in mirror?

I modified and added this car model to my scene but it was having no side mirrors. So I made mirror plane and added mirror material to it but to cast car shadows on HDRI, I used shadow catcher object ...
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How to get correct lightning in the shadows?

I just started learning Blender. After I finished my first scene I saw some problems in the shadows. Is there someone who can help me out and tell what I could improve to get rid of these problems? My ...
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How to keep only Reflections and Shadows but object itself invisible

I want to render only: Object On the white table Table surface reflections Object Shadows on table Emission particles reflections & gloss on table I want White Table is to disappear totally It ...
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How to set a material's color when shadowed

I am trying to create a material that is normally white but turns blue in the shade. I know I can do this by changing my lamp's color, but I don't want all the other materials to also turn blue. Is ...
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How to create more realistic shadows?

Obligatory disclaimer: This is my first post on blender.stackexchange so forgive me if my post isn't on par with what's usually asked here. Explanation: I'm running v.2.80 of Blender currently and ...
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Using a different normal for shadows and shading

I'm using modified vertex normals for making an anime-style toon shading. The thing is, if an object is placed between the light source and the object with modified normals, it's shadow hasn't got it'...
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Scene lighting and setup: how would you get such a render?

Just for fun, i'm trying to recreate a scene from the (nice) movie Cherry 2000. Here's a link to the clip. I like the aesthetic, but I can't figure out how they did setup their scene; and that's ...
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How do you affect only shaded areas in Blender Cycles?

I am trying to make a pyramid shaped planet, and want to make the shadowed areas use a different texture (with city lights) than the areas in the light. I have tried using the normals node, but it ...
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Update viewport after toggle of cycles shadows for all objects

I wrote this little script to toggle the visibility of the shadows of all objects. It works quite well, but at the end of the script, I'd like to update the viewport. I tried the "hack" with the ...
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Shadow not visible on texture

In cycles I have imported an image as a plane. I've added an object to it and the default lamp. I see shadow from my own object onto the object itself but my object does not have any shadow on the ...
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How does "distance" effect ambient occlusion?

In Blender Cycles, there is a distance option for Ambient Occlusion in the World tab. How does the distance option affect AO? What does moving the distance closer to zero do? What does increasing ...
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Cloth simulation dirty in render

I want to take a render picture of the cloth over a car. But every time I render it the cloth shadows are too big and somehow not nice (whole cloth with shadows are just 3 colours). It looks good in ...
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render with no shadows like in solid mode

It is possible to render a final animation with objects to look like when in solid mode and no shadows etc? How could I do that?
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Strange Shadowing on Object with Array Modifier

I'm creating a Map for Garry's Mod PropHunt but having some odd shadowing issues. For example on the supports left and right of the trackbeds: Somehow one of the support array's duplicate has odd ...
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Long Shadow with gradient depending on length

I am trying to use Cycles to create a shadow effect that will decrease intensity based on the length of the shadow. But I am only able to achieve this : What I am doing is I am calculating ...
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Need help removing black line on clothing

I added my sims to Blender 3.6 and noticed there was a black line shadow around her dress. How do I fix this problem?? I tried going to change the shader materials but that was not the problem at all. ...
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Shadows disappear when I stop moving camera or render in Eevee

I'm having an issue with the shadows in Eevee. All shadows appear really soft and not dark at all. (see pictures below) I've looked around on forums and haven't found anything that works yet.
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How to prevent shadows from highly metallic principled BSDF despite turning them off? (Cycles)

I have a plane with a material I like. However, despite turning off the shadows of the other meshes via the object properties, I still see a shadow/(reflection?). How can I turn it off? and why is it ...
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Mysterious light streaks on a simple mesh

I'm guessing this has been asked thousands of times but I haven't been able to find a helpful answer yet: I'm getting strange light striping & shadows that show up at specific angles on this ...
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There is no Shadow pass in Cycles

I want to render an EXR Multilayer sequence but there is no Shadow pass available. The 4.1 manual says there should be a Shadow pass option under Light>Other, but instead there is a Shadow Catcher ...
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Recreating variance shadow mapping using geometry and/or shader nodes

So for the past few days I've been trying to get a simple form of variance shadow mapping (or any kind of shadow mapping) to work in Blender. In Eevee, you can of course just use a Diffuse BSDF and ...
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Light linking not showing up

I've got Blender 4.0.2 but there is no Light Linking or Shadow Linking in the object properties. There's not even the 'Shading' tab. Any ideas why? Does it need enabling?
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Weird shadows, what is it?

weird shadows only on cylinders, how can i fix it? That happens when i always use spin mode
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How can I make shading like this?

I'm learning to make models. And I really like this shading style. I can understand the program at a basic level (at a level where I can do toon shading), but I don't know how to make the shadows edge ...
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Where's the shadow light pass gone (cycles)?

I'm following a tutorial (very beginner here) which wants me to enable the "shadows" light pass in the view layer - the tutorial is in blender version 3.2, which the docs say has this, but I'...
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How to render prism refraction with Cycles?

The dispersion (red, green, blue) seems working under normal light conditions by using this methode Video. But in the extreme case of using a prism it does not, the prism stays dark, no matter how ...
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Stop object from receiving shadow

I know I can stop an object from casting a shadow under "Ray Visibility," but can I also stop an object from receiving one in Cycles? Sometimes I want an object to cast a shadow, but only ...
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How to get rid of multiple overlapping(jagged) shadows when donwsizing objects in Evee?

Soft shadows when downzing the object to 0,1m scale: When i model using 1m scale my softshadows just becomes normal: What i expected from a tutorial i'm following: What i tried and didn't work: ...
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How to get rid of multiple overlapping shadows?

When I move around in the viewport, these shadows solidify as if they are one, but when I stop moving they look like this. How do i get it to be more like a single soft shadow?
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Render showing tiles on terrain model even though they aren't present in viewport

Fairly new to blender so I hope I am giving enough detail on my issue. I have brought in a digital elevation model to blender and displaced it to give the landscape a 3D appearance. I subdivided the ...
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Why does the shadow in my scene look like this?

I have been practicing Blender and I've been a fan of Dedouze so I'm trying to make an animation similar to his. However, after trying out his demo file and applying it to my scene, the shadows look ...
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Trying to make a 2 planed 3-d space using image planes -- but having problems with weird shadow castings

Not the best or series 3-d person with blender. I get by with much head bashing and teeth nashing... But i think somethings have changed with Newest Blender. I am having this weird shadow casting with ...
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Viewer node does not pop up in Blender 3.0

I am close to nervous breakdown. I have tried everything but the viewer node does not show up. I have rendered the image. I have enabled the node Wranger add-on. When I click Shift+Ctrl+LMB the ...
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Light Behaves Weirdly Only on One Mesh

So here's the problem: I'm trying to get a starship to behave properly to light, but it only seems to respond at certain angles. The best way I can describe it is that there's specific angles that ...
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