so i'm trying to get an icon of mine too look like it is water that is glowing it doesn't have to be transparent or anything. I just want the object to have the illusion of glowing water. i have tried mixing and adding shaders and a few different textures but can't seem to get anything that resembles glowing water. any help would be very much appreciated. i am still a very big noob at blender (only been learning it a hour here and there between my job and relationship for the past week) so something very simple would be great. I have also included a picture of the icon below, its the grey middle, (just a simple extruded circle that has been smoothed, with a Torus wrapped around it with a emit shader on it) Thanks in advance :D in the meantime i'll keep tinkering with it and update if i figure something out and hopefully help someone else with this type of situationThe Icon i'm trying to get is the grey middle middle there

  • $\begingroup$ Hello, welcome to Blender.SE! So just to be clear, you want to add the water material to the gray circle in the middle, right? $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ What is "glowing water" and what does it look like? It is a good idea to show reference images of what you are trying to achieve $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 3:02
  • $\begingroup$ @SilverWolf Yes but giving it kind of a glowing as well, maybe not crazy glowing but just enough to see that it is glowing. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ @DuarteFarrajotaRamos kind of like the glowing water in this simple kids science experiment google.com/… $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 3:25

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So i got something kinda figured out that i wanted to share everyone. Not exactly how I imagined it but its good enough that i'm ok with it and think it looks good enough looking kind of watery and it glows a little bit with no lighting in the world which looks pretty cool, Although if someone has something that looks better please still post up an answer i would love to see some different takes on this. Plus i'm going to be animating it so it appears to have water moving over the texture. just a short 8 second long animation which is why the mapping node is there. Have a great day guys and Happy Creating!!! What i came up with, looks pretty cool i think.


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