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AMD Radeon ProRender is Ready for Blender 2.81

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For today’s release of Blender® 2.81, we've updated our Radeon™ ProRender plug-in to support this new version of Blender (don’t worry, the plug-in still works fine with Blender 2.80). This brings some great new updates for artists, helping with the dream of creating reality in their renders!

Full Spectrum Rendering

Radeon ProRender enables physically-based GPU rendering through OpenCL™. Now with our Full Spectrum Rendering modes, it also brings Vulkan®-based ray tracing to Windows® and Linux® users. This allows the user to set the quality level to a wide spectrum from rasterized to fully path-traced (in OpenCL™) render quality, enabling everything from fast viewport previews to accurate final renders.


Better User Documentation

Rendering software is complicated. There are many shader nodes, light parameters, and sampling settings to keep track of. For all users, novice to expert, good documentation is key. We have invested significantly in updating the documentation for our Radeon ProRender plug-ins to help you out with this:

Here you will find detailed explanations of the plug-in settings, as well as images to throw light on software features, and in many cases, example scenes to illustrate concepts. Check out the documentation today.

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Easy Volumes and Fog

Adding realism to scenes for rendering can be a challenging task for an artist. One phenomenon in the real world that helps with this is fog. Very few atmospheres are completely clear and adding fog to your scene will cause distant objects to fade just like the real world. We’ve added a simple button in the Blender World panel to quickly create a fog effect. 

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Layered Textures and Shaders

Complex materials lead to a complex Material Node Graph. We added two new nodes to simplify the artist’s life. Layered Textures let you blend up to 8 textures in a single node. Similarly, the Layered Shader lets you blend multiple Uber or Principled nodes to create complex materials with masks.

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Other material improvements

We are constantly working to improve other materials as well. This includes:

  • Glass materials, roughness for glass, and glossy BSDFs
  • Better matching Cycles in the Principled BSDF
  • Close matching of Blender displacement
  • Better light intensity matching
  • And more!

Download and check out our updated plug-in for Blender 2.81 (and 2.80) now!



Brian Savery is a Professional Graphics Software Development Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third-party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

Title image created by Valentin Surdila using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Blender®.

Blender® Car demo scene created by Mike Pan.

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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

I'm really sad to say but it's not working. I tried in blender 2.8 and got an error trying to enable the plugin. Then I updated to blender 2.81, removed the plugins and the library, installed again, and now the plugin it's not even appearing in addons.

Adept I
Adept I

I have crashing with the latest version of render on Blender 2.8 and 2.81.