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Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook

By : Enrico Valenza, Ton Roosendaal
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Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook

By: Enrico Valenza, Ton Roosendaal

Overview of this book

Cycles is Blender's new, powerful rendering engine. Using practical examples, this book will show you how to create a vast array of realistic and stunning materials and texture effects using the Cycles rendering engine. Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook is a practical journey into the new and exciting Cycles rendering engine for Blender. In this book you will learn how to create a vast array of materials and textures in Cycles, including glass, ice, snow, rock, metal and water. If you want to take your 3D models to the next level, but don't know how, then this cookbook is for you! In this practical cookbook, you will learn how to create stunning materials and textures to really bring your 3D models to life! Diving deep into Cycles you will learn Cycle's node-based material system, how to set-up a 3D scene for rendering, how to create a natural and man-made materials as well as the correct organization and re-use of Cycles materials to save you time and effort. To ensure that your creations look stunning you will learn how illumination works in Cycles, improve the quality of the final render and to avoid the presence of noise and fireflies. Each chapter of Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook builds on the complexity of the last so that by the end of this book you will know how to create an impressive library of realistic-looking materials and textures.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Creating a worn metal material with procedurals

In this recipe we will create a worn metallic shader:

Getting ready

  1. Start Blender and load the file 1301OS_04_start.blend.

  2. With Suzanne selected, click on the Mode button in the Camera view header and choose Vertex Paint—Suzanne turns a shadeless white color.

  3. Place the mouse cursor on the Paint option at the left of the Mode button, click and select Dirty Vertex Colors, then press T and in the bottom window of the Object Tools panel, set Blur Strength to 0.01, Dirt Angle to 90, and check the Dirt Only option.

  4. Go to the Object Data window below the Properties panel, and in the Name slot below the Vertex Colors subpanel, rename the vertex color layer Col_vp.

  5. Return to Object Mode and press T to get rid of the Object Tools panel. In the Properties panel go back to the Material window.

How to do it...

Now let's create the material:

  1. From 1301OS_04_metal.blend | NodeTree, append the node group Metal.

  2. Click on New in the Material window under the Properties...