A nicely explained article about different types of baking in Blender. By Kent Tramell, over at cgcookie.com. Different Types of Baking In further convoluting the term, there are several different kinds of baking. But before I list and discuss them, I want to offer a general summary of the term as it relates to CG. Think of baking as consolidating a system of data into a simplified, more permanent form. This concept is commonly applied in 3 ways [..] Link to article.