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5 Tips for Better Materials

5 Tips for Better Materials
Shading (the process of setting up materials) is an often over-looked step in the CG pipeline. I used to just play with the material settings until it looked a bit like what I was trying to make, and then move onto texturing thinking that that was all there is to it. A wood texture slapped on a diffuse shader. Bleh. However, in my never-ending quest for realism I’ve come to realize that shading is in fact the most important step in creating something believable. Of course modelling, texturing, lighting and all the rest are also very important, but shading is what determines how tangible your surfaces appear – it shows your audience what it might feel like to touch; how soft, sticky, or flexible it might be, and what it might be like to live in this new world that you’ve created with your render. Now that’s a much more interesting surface! Lets take a simple ceramic teapot for example. OK, so it looks to be pretty much like a diffuse surface with a glossy coating right? So what is it? PS.

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s Free Texture Library Buy Every Texture Buy every texture on this website for only $33. Bulk Downloading Please don't try to download every texture, our server will automatically block you. The Cycles Input Encyclopedia Sometimes the User Manual is too technical and doesn’t explain things in a way that us artists can easily understand. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to write these articles and explain Cycles, with its plethora of nodes and properties, in simple and practical terms that you can relate to. The Input nodes in Cycles are almost as complicated and plentiful as its shaders. If you’ve ever wondered what all of those options can be used for, you’re most definitely not alone, and this article is just for you. Enjoy!

A complete IOR list Here's a long list with ior values you can use when you create various materials and liquids and much more. This is a compilation of various ior lists scattered all around the web, so there may be duplicates in the list but they're there for comparison purposes and so you can pick either ior value that fits your specific needs. I hope this long list will be useful for someone.. 20 Architectural renders that break the mold It takes a lot of talent to turn an object mostly comprised of right angles into something you could call ‘art’, but that’s exactly what this post is about. Today I present you with a list of the most beautiful architectural renders the internet has to offer. They weren’t made in Blender, but every one of them is inspiring and worth checking out. 20. Rem Koolhaas Bordeaux House by Dimitar Rashkov 19.

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The Cycles Shader Encyclopedia Find Cycles Nodes a little confusing? You’re not alone. Whilst Cycles Nodes offer almost you limitless control over a materials, many users struggle to understand it’s labyrinth of options. Which is why this article dares to do the impossible: explain every Cycles shader in easy to understand, plain English. Enjoy! -Greg Zaal