I'm faced a problem that I can't find a workaround for.

Displacement Node and particles. I understand that in modifiers section of an object the particle effects have to be the last ones to make them follow the modifications, but what about Displacement Node?

I'm using multiple nodes on my setup to modify the actual displacement, so it's not possible for me to use the Displacement Modifier instead of Displacement Node. It would be great to make Particles just follow Adaptive subdivision + true displacement but I can live with normal subivision and displacement node (I duplicate the object and use one as emitter, with normal subdivision, and second use microdisplacement). Any workarounds to make it work?

.blend as example: mirror

My mirror of this .blend: mirror2

Problem visualisation: enter image description here

/edit: Have to edit because someone marked is as duplicate:

No, person you mentioned in link uses Displacement Modifier. There's no problem with Displacement Modifier and Particles. There's problem with Displacement NODE (material node), which is still in development, and I'm looking for a workaround.

  • $\begingroup$ I think I had the same issue: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/95183/… If that is the case what i did was normalize the displacement node and baked it, then used it as a texture in modifier stack $\endgroup$
    – Johan Apes
    Jul 11, 2018 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ @JohanApes Can you write a guide? I'll check if that works for me. $\endgroup$
    – Acrivec
    Jul 11, 2018 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ @JohanApes I've tried baking displacement in 2.8 cycles, but the whole image is gray. Guess displacement baking does not support Displacement Node displacement. :/ $\endgroup$
    – Acrivec
    Jul 11, 2018 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ Displacement Node is calculated at render time, it can't be used elsewhere outside Cycles render as far as I know $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2018 at 23:52

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This is a method that i used with true displacement in experimetnal 2.79

1)Use the node wrangler addon to preview the output of the displacement node

2)the values will most likeley be clamped, so you will have to normalize them in order to see the [0-1] range. Use greater then and less then operations to find what are the maximum and minumum values

3)Use add and divide operations using the values you got in 2) to get normalized map

4)Bake the height map (I used diffuse shader and baked colour)

5)Plug the baked height map into the displacement modifier

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I've tried it but the Displace Modifier uses different logic than Displacement Node. Displacement Node 'Scale' is not the same as Displace Modifier 'Strength'. I've spent about 12 hours already experimenting with that. I've used Emission node and baked emission. The baked map is good, I can use it in the Displacement Node as input instead of the original nodes, but using it in the Displace Modifier gives me different results (using UV mapping) - due to differences in Scale and Strength. :/ $\endgroup$
    – Acrivec
    Jul 13, 2018 at 16:03

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