Is it possible to get that typical chrome-like angled look using the Shader Editor? I see a lot of tutorials making chrome on all types of surfaces but not on a knob geometry like the one in the following image:

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Q: Is there any way to get that chrome-like surface appearance procedurally or should I just use a texture to fake it?


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Easy peasy...that's just Anisotropic glossiness. Just set Anisotropic to 1.0, and then play with the Roughness value to get the look you want. No tutorial needed!

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Use a Tangent node to control the axis of the anisotropy:

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi Dale, thanks for your reply. Yours looks way cooler, than what I tried to do. I'm copying your settings, but I'm not getting any angles. just a straight line. What am I doing wrong? (I also changed the render to cycles) ibb.co/mhTdsCw $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ Did you UV-Unwrap it? That might be necessary, if I remember correctly.. $\endgroup$
    – CShark
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ hmm, maybe it has to do with the rotation or how you modeled the cylinder? you could try plugging in a Tangent node and see if trying X, Y, or Z gives you the results you want (see the image I added above) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ you don't need to UV Unwrap or anything. I'm not using Blender 2.8x but I would hope they didn't change the behavior of something so simple. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ The axis is in object space, and defaults to Z if nothing is plugged in. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 21:43

If you're using EEVEE, you'll have to fake it.

One way:

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.. The 'Tangent' axis is down the axis of the cylinder, in the object's space.

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    $\begingroup$ Using EEVEE certainly does speed up times within an instance, so your solution was on point. Thank you for your reply. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 11:52

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