The Thea Render team has officially begun shipping its hybrid renderer, advertised as “the first commercial solution that contains both state-of-the-art biased and unbiased engines”.

Smoke 2012

Most coverage of Autodesk from the past week may have centered on its upcoming releases of 3ds Max, Maya et al, but the developer also has other updates in the works, including its Mac-only finishing software, Smoke.
This tutorial of the Florence Design Academy (, the leading Design School in Europe, explains how to create a glowing material by using architectural and standard materials. Additionally it will explain how to use the Glare shader to improve glow effects.
Glowing material