Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with Area lamps, part of Blender Essential Training.
Blender's Area lamp provides light from a specific region, rather than a point or a source.…So let's take a look at how to use this.…I'm going to add in an Area lamp and when you bring it in, if we zoom in, you'll…notice that it's a square, and this is where the light is originating. So we're…actually projecting light from the square.…This is really great for something like a soft box or a window that's generating…light, because when you combine this with shadows, it actually can create some…interesting effects.…
But let just look at the basics of how to use this.…I'm going to click on the Area Light tab in my Properties panel, and you'll…notice that, just like with most lights, we have a color, Energy.…We also have Distance and Gamma.…Gamma is actually contrast, but Distance is actually very important. Let's go…ahead and position this light.…I'm going to go ahead and move it up and move it over and I'm going to rotate it into place.…So I'm going to go ahead and rotate it just like I did with that spotlight…
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