Blender beginner here. I've been trying to find a simple node setup for human skin -- specifically, skin generated from MakeHuman. Almost all setups I could find on the web were either outdated, or quite complex, involving dozens of nodes and numerous textures (bump, displacement, etc.) in addition to the diffuse texture.

The (obviously basic) setup I have right now is this:

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So, my question is: What can I do to improve the above setup, without using additional textures (which I don't have), and without too much additional complexity? Note that photorealism is not required at all; I'm only looking for slight and simple improvements over my current setup.

Update: Here's what my character currently looks like:

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The skin already looks good enough for my purposes, but it still looks kind of... flat??

  • $\begingroup$ What’s lacking in your current results? Perhaps add an image of what you’re currently getting along with one of your goal. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve (and at what scale it will be viewed) it could be quite simple or very complicated to setup. $\endgroup$ Jun 30, 2018 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ No clue of your current result or expected result either, makehuman doesn't give much for textures to work with but isn't very difficult to work with. Is something like this what you're looking for? $\endgroup$
    – Timaroberts
    Jun 30, 2018 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ @RichSedman: Added a render to my post. $\endgroup$ Jun 30, 2018 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Timaroberts: Yes, that's what I'm looking for! $\endgroup$ Jun 30, 2018 at 11:37
  • $\begingroup$ If you don't have extra images textures from makehuman like normal, metallic, specular etc. You can use a free software which is materialize and will do the textures for you. It's easy to use $\endgroup$
    – tony
    May 1, 2020 at 9:56

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With makehuman textures, you can simply use the principled node and feed the image texture to color and subsurface scattering inputs.

To provide bump detail, duplicate the texture with Ctrl+Shift+D (this keeps it connected to the mapping node), and add a color ramp to create a greyscale image to feed into a bump node.

An example of a simple setup could be something like the following:

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This produced the following result from a makehuman export:

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