This is my first year of using blender so I don't have a lot of experience in blender at all.

I'm trying to recreate an effect that Telltale used in The Wolf Among Us for my short film.

I don't know what its called or how to describe it, so here is my attempt to explain it, You can see the detail from the painted textures in dark shadows. I added a picture so you can understand my horrible explanation.

The Wolf Among Us

I tried a few experiments with texture nodes and even mixing nodes in composting but I can't get the effect I want and I'm hoping someone will tell me if this is even possible or direct me into the right nodes and usage of them.

This is just a basic scene I created to figure out how it works. In the next image you can see exactly what I want to do, keep in mind this is created in Photoshop by combining two renders just for explanation purposes.

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Unfortunately I can't add anymore photos and I'm not sure how to link my .blend file so I hope this is enough info to show what I want to do.


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    $\begingroup$ Use a lamp with a very small size. $\endgroup$ – PGmath Sep 16 '15 at 23:34
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    $\begingroup$ Think you'll need to resort to renderlayer/compositing magic for this.. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Sep 16 '15 at 23:34
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    $\begingroup$ Ahh, I misunderstood your original question. I would try using a separate render layer with a pure white diffuse material override. Then plug that into a greater than node in the compositor and use it to mix the main layer with an other layer. I am working on a way to make that "other layer". $\endgroup$ – PGmath Sep 16 '15 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks so much for the fast replies. I made a post on blender artist a few days ago and still no response, a lot of views but no responses. $\endgroup$ – Jaco Blignaut Sep 17 '15 at 12:42
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    $\begingroup$ Use BlendExchange to upload .blends. $\endgroup$ – PGmath Oct 7 '15 at 23:03

This won't take care of all the effects you're looking for, but you'd be able to get some of the pattern to show up in darkness by the material shadeless. That won't create the effect you point out in the shadows on the floor, but it would work for the pattern on the wall.


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