The entire tutorial may seem too overloaded and detailed as I think explaining the most basic Corona workflow in a video form would take only one or two hours. However, there are some people out there switching to Blender form other 3D applications and many things (for instance texture workflow from previous part) might be quite hard for them to follow. Anyways, to make things a bit more clear, I'd like to sum up all the necessary steps you need to take in order to fully use Corona and Blender. I would also like to compare three most common rendering engines available for Blender form my personal perspective since I'm using them professionally on a daily basis.
Below I'd like to share some of my thoughts on three most popular rendering engines available for Blender. Since I've been using them for quite a long time now (except Corona of course) I had some thoughts about their usability in different projects, advantages and disadvantages.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and got motivated to learn something new. It is very common that people argue which software is better and more "professional" but all of them have some advantages and drawbacks. The best solution is to always progress and learn new things, especially when they're worth it!
Keep on Blending!
Introduction to Corona Renderer in Blender
To start this tutorial less formal - Corona Renderer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Actually, this is exactly how I felt when I put my hands on this rendering engine for the first time. It was just... wow.
Installing Corona Renderer in Blender
At the time of writing this tutorial, Corona Renderer was still in the Alpha stage, allowing you to use it for free. It will eventually become commercial with very flexible licensing, allowing you to choose either a lifetime license or a monthly subscription.
Scene Setup for Corona Renderer in Blender
Regardless of what render engine you've used before, to re-use your scene with Corona I would recommend removing all the shaders and creating new ones from the scratch...
Rendering Setup for Corona Renderer in Blender
As you've noticed in the previous part, after pressing the Render button we had an external window popping up. This is the way you have to get used to when working with Corona...
Materials Setup for Corona Renderer in Blender
We're finally reaching the part which will be less technical and more creative. As you've probably noticed, Corona is not very complicated in terms of setting up either the rendering or the scene - there are just some basic rules you need to follow...
Summary of Corona Renderer in Blender
I'd like to sum up all the necessary steps you need to take in order to fully use Corona and Blender. I would also like to compare the three most common rendering engines available for Blender from my personal perspective since I'm using them professionally on a daily basis.
New Features of Corona Renderer for Blender
Here you will find all the features that were not covered in the main tutorial. The Corona Addon was heavily re-designed and updated during the past few months (due to new Corona Standalone versions) and it may not work correctly (or at all) with the previously downloaded exporters, Standalone Versions, or Blender scenes created using them.