How to use Blender to build a tranquil ocean setting

Using Blender Ocean to create a tranquil ocean scene
(Image credit: Paul Hatton)

In this Blender tutorial, I'm going to look at how to make a tranquil ocean scene. Creating ocean and beach scenes can be one of the toughest jobs around. There are just so many different components at work including displaced surfaces, numerous textures, foam requirements and vegetation, then there’s the not so small task of trying to get everything lit correctly. 

Over the years I’ve worked on a number of different types of oceans with various software and renderers. I’ve found Chaos Phoenix one of the best options for generating realistic water surfaces, but we don’t have that plugin for Blender. For this kind of project it could be worth investing in one of best laptops for 3D modelling or the best drawing tablets.

Paul Hatton, a photo of a smiling man
Paul Hatton

After graduating with a first-class computer science degree, Paul Hatton has spent nearly 20 years working within the world of 3D visualisation.

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Paul Hatton

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.