This is a gallery of Blender splash screens from version 2.5 to 2.6. You will see many great improvements of Blender render result in this gallery. But if you are looking for splash screens of Blender older versions, you can find it on Blender Splash Screens 2.04 – 2.49.
Blender was originally developed as an in-house tool for a commercial animation company in 1995. In 1998, it distributed as a shareware program and it became open source since 2002.
Last updated on 1 December 2013. Using image-based lighting (IBL) rendering technique you can easily achieve pretty good realistic render results with very few settings. There is no need to use lamps to light the scene, you just need to have a good high dynamic range (HDR) image. Glossy and glass materials usually will look convincing using image-based lighting rendering technique.
Blender 2.64 has released on October 2012, one of the great thing to know is cube projection mapping now is back in Cyles Render Engine. Cube projection mapping (also called as box projection mapping) is a simple image texturing method which is very useful for architectural rendering.
Blender 2.62 has been released on February 2012, one of the great thing about the release is the Cycles Render Engine was added with a number of new features. But unfortunately, the Cycles engine on Blender 2.62 still can’t do cube projection mapping. With a bit of work, we can achieve the same result as a cube projection by using some flat projections.
You don’t have to pay high for software to create 3D visualization images. Blender is open source 3D graphics software, full featured but free. You can use Blender for modeling, animating, texturing even for games making.