Blender 2.93 LTS paving the way for the next generation open source 3D creation pipeline. Development now focusing on Blender 3.0, due out this August.
Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, motion graphics, and computer games. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.
The Blender Foundation has shipped Blender 2.93, the latest update to this widely popular open-source 3D software.
What’s New in Blender 2.93 LTS
Sometimes it’s hard to choose what features to start with, when an update has so many awesome new features.
So, let’s begin with the new amazing depth of field rendering in EEVEE. The engine has been rewritten to be more accurate and to give better results. There is a lot more control in the settings now.
Aside from the depth of field, both ambient inclusion and volumetrics have benn improved in EEVEE. Geometry Nodes was expanded to build on the attribute system. Blender 2.93 comes with 22 new nodes that were added to the Geometry Nodes editor expanding the attribute system, sampling textures, and support for volume data. Additionally, it’s now possible to add a range of primitives without leaving Geometry Nodes. User experience has also been improved. Now, Geometry Nodes received its own default workspace.
Unlike the previous version, the new Expand operator is capable of creating multiple mask shapes in one go, and now detects mesh boundaries, making it possible to create masks with edges parallel to those of geometry.
Grease Pencil, Blender’s 2D animation toolset, gets a major update, including a new LineArt modifier, which generates Grease Pencil strokes from the contours or intersections of 3D geometry. The fill tool was updated to make it faster, and other tweaks like multi-frame filling were included. Also, in Blender 2.93 now is possible to export SVG and PDF for further editing in other programs.
Of course, they are many more improvements and bug fixes in Blender 2.93, all of which can be explored in the release notes.
Blender 3.0 meanwhile as the next major release is expected towards the end of August.