Procedural Volumetric Candle Light (Can be animated)

  • April 17, 2018
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ZackMercury
  • License: CC-0
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Did this candle light just for fun, but I was keeping in mind this might be useful for real things, so after I made a procedural egg texture, I turned it into a candle light, which can be animated:

Note: this was made in 30 mins, so keep in mind this is just for demo purpose. You can make it look way more realistic, if you know what you're doing.


  • RikSavage profile picture

    Nice job. I never knew that you can make a realistic flame using volumetrics.

    Written April 19, 2018
  • ZackMercury profile picture

    Thank you! I think I need to give a credit for the egg formula I used to this image I found using Google Images: It's from this page I modified it a little to turn it into a 3-dimensional egg shape, wasn't too hard. Then I just stretched it out by Z axis and applied some noise distortion and color grading.

    A lot of natural patterns can be replicated using Ken Perlin Noise. When I first saw 1D Perlin Noise output, I thought it looks just like a landscape! Oh wait, it looks like a cloud! Oh no, it looks like a best lightning texture! In fact, recently I created a lightning texture using Perlin Noise function in Blender using the same procedural volumetric emission workflow. Video demo: Render with multiple objects with random shift and varying thickness:

    Written April 21, 2018
  • millibrash profile picture

    hey zach whats your discord? kinda gotta ask u some blender stuff

    Written November 04, 2022