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How to do the Clay/Matte Look in Blender

Recently, I made a brief video tutorial on how to achieve a simple clay/matte look using Blender. When it comes to the technicality of accomplishing such a task, there really isn’t much to be found. Instead it boils down to tinkering with the parameters and values until the 3D artist becomes happy with the aesthetic.


-First, start a new project in Blender (Ctrl-N).

-Click the drop-down list that says Blender Render near the top, and select Cycles Render.

-Remove the Lamp object by right-clicking it in the 3D viewport or left-clicking its name in the Outliner/Scene.

-Select the small tab with the World icon, find the checkbox that says Ambient Occlusion, and click it.

-Set the Factor to whatever value you need: higher values result in less shadows, whereas lower values result in more shadows.

– For every model/object, your shader/surface should be Diffuse BSDF: set the Color to your liking and the Roughness to 1.

-Create a new mesh, a UV Sphere or a Plane, give it a new material by selecting the Material tab and clicking New, and name it “Lamp”.

-Select the Emission shader from the Surface drop-down list, and set the Color and Strength to preferred values.

-Move the “Lamp” either close up to the object(s)/model(s), or further away to create a look.

Another Trick:

-To hide the light source mesh from the camera while retaining its emission, select your “Lamp,” click the tab with the orange cube icon: the Object tab.

-Go the bottom where it says Cycles Settings, under Ray Visibility uncheck Camera, and this will make lighting a scene much easier.


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How to Split a Layer in Adobe After Effects

When it comes to splitting layers in Adobe After Effects, the process is incredibly simple, and can be accomplished rather quickly. Read the instructions below to figure out how to do it yourself.



  1. Move the Current Time Indicator to the time or frame where you want to split your layer(s).
  2. Select the layer, or layers in the Timeline panel. If no layers are selected, you will split all layers.
  3. Go to the Edit Menu and click on Split Layer, or alternatively use the keyboard shortcut (see below).
  4. Voila! You’ve done it.


Keyboard Shortcuts reference:
Description: Split selected layers. (If no layers are selected, split all layers.)

  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+D
  • Mac: Command+Shift+D



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