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It's not a problem to make a gradient changing, but I need a simple transition.

Let's say I want to mix two materials and change them one by one at some point in time. If I just animate the factor from 0 to 1, materials change too sharply.

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What should I connect to the factor to make the changing smoother?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello could you please show a screenshot of your object and Shader Editor? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Mar 6 at 10:44
  • $\begingroup$ Well, i made an easy example. The problem it starts switching already close to 1 (from 0.9) and not gradually. So it's not a smooth changing. i.postimg.cc/KY1Tyhfm/zzz.jpg $\endgroup$
    – RusDark
    Commented Mar 6 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ Your link doesn't work, maybe share a file? blend-exchange.com $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Mar 6 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ Hi. Please don't post essential information like links, file downloads or additional details in the comments section where it can be easily missed. Instead edit them into your original post with the Edit button above. Comments are transitory by nature, are hard to index or search for, and may be erased at any moment. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 6 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ Sure. Yuo're right. The strength of emission really affects the transition. Thanks. I knew the answer was simple and I just couldn't see it. ))) $\endgroup$
    – RusDark
    Commented Mar 6 at 11:38

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Control [0,1] range with Power

Because we're interested in a [0,1] range (currently your Mix Shader factor), we can easily tweak the curve using exponents. Which means we know our initial 0 will still be 0, and our initial 1 will also still be 1.

So, by adding a Power node between your initial [0,1] range and your Mix Shader, we can tweak the factor with only one parameter. Here is my setup, followed by some notes :

Comparison of different exponents of 0 to 1 range

  • In my example, the Exponent isn't meaned to be animated, more as a way of finding a [0,1] curve that matches your need. But of course it could be animated as well. A low exponent (between 0 and 1) will counterbalance your high emission strength. Try 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 or even lower values.
  • I've highlighted in red where would be the visual equivalent of magenta color (with an emission of 1). In your case, because of the emission strength of 10, you initially need to approach a high factor to feel the transparency.
  • As you see with a low exponent, you compress the left part of the gradient and expand the right part, moving the middle point.
  • Exponents are only one way of tweaking such curve. For example you could use a Float Curve node if you prefer a more graphical approach, or other mathematical functions.
  • You could Map Range any another range of values [A,B] to the [0,1] range, pass it through the Power node, then again Map Range from [0,1] to [A,B]. It can be powerful to quickly change a distribution of values.

In your case the setup would simply be :

Final setup

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