Anamorphic Style Lens Flare Node

  • December 28, 2016
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: snu
  • License: CC-0
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This is my attempt at creating lens flares that are similar to those seen through an anamorphic lens. The 'Anamorphic Lens Flare' node group is the result, and it includes a number of settings for tweaking the flare to look however you would like it to - Subtle, or J.J. Abrams.

You can also tweak the individual elements of the flare: Streaks (horizontal blurred, usually blue lines) Stars (8 point star around each bright point of light) Ghost (inverted reflections of each bright point of light) Glare (bright blurred spot around each bright point of light)

Use this for still images or animations (it does take a rather long time to render, however.)

Instructions and descriptions of the settings are found in the blend file.

Have fun with it, and I hope it is useful!


  • DCgames profile picture


    Written January 25, 2017
  • juliansolros profile picture

    This is really good, thank you!

    Written June 15, 2020
  • juliansolros profile picture

    BTW if anyone is using this in an animation, you probably need to disable the "Normalize" node in the node group, and adjust the threshold manually.

    Written June 15, 2020
  • chimpanze21 profile picture

    does it still work

    Written February 11, 2021