I was following ben u's tutorial on Basic Volume Shading.

I was doing OK with "Volume Scatter", but as soon as I put in the "Add Node" (3 min 46 seconds in tutorial) and then tried to add "Volume Absorption" shader, the cube turned black.

3 min 46 seconds into tutorial

I tried this https://blenderartists.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=402469&d=1443634665 but, got the same result.

There must be something very basic that I'm missing but, I don't have a clue what it is.

Would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks.

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    $\begingroup$ "There must be something very basic that I'm missing" You are using a Color Mix node to mix two shaders, instead of a Shader Add $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2018 at 0:45

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Wrong Add node

The Math (Add) node you are using works with grayscale values (on the left in the image below).

You would like instead to Add a shading to another shading: you must use the Add Shader node you can find in the Shader nodes group (on the right in the following image).

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The color of the input/output socket is always a guide for the correct connection.

  • $\begingroup$ That did it! Even though it was that elemental, I probably would never of figured it out. Much Obliged! $\endgroup$
    – sweathog55
    Apr 8, 2018 at 22:18

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