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it's one of my 'How do I make a material in Cycles' questions again :D

I am still not that wise when it comes to transparent textures and fresnel and so on, so if someone could explain to me how to create an effect like the one shown in the image below, that would be great ^^.

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  • $\begingroup$ Translucency and diffuse shaders with some textures. $\endgroup$ Oct 2, 2014 at 21:14

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Basically you can just mix between some emission shaders and transparent shaders based on some textures (click for larger image):

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This uses a tile able image to create the sine-wave effects. I used a procedural gradient texture and a color ramp node to create the bright edges, and a noise texture to give some basic variations.

Note that a separate emission shader is used for illuminating other objects, in order to make illuminate other objects better without over exposing the object itself.

The image texture I used was this rather poorly hand painted wave. It's probably possible to procedurally generate such a wave with some math, but I'm not sure how..

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In order to create a glow/bloom effect, I would use the compositor. You can either use a quick glare node, or manually blur and add the result back to the base image. For good measure I also mixed in some ambient occlusion and some fog/depth glowy stuff.

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Result:

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Example .blend

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  • $\begingroup$ nice approach but not quite like i would want it should glow more. $\endgroup$ Oct 2, 2014 at 22:14
  • $\begingroup$ I'd recommend using the compositor for that. I'll update my answer in a second.. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Oct 2, 2014 at 22:15
  • $\begingroup$ how do they achieve that ingame ? i mean is there some kind of live comopsitor in engine or what ? ^^ $\endgroup$ Oct 2, 2014 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know, but that probably isn't too far off. It's what's called a bloom effect, and is usually a 2D blur added on top of the base image. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Oct 2, 2014 at 22:30
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    $\begingroup$ @TheCycleOfBlend Done. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Oct 2, 2014 at 23:10

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