Trying to make honey material. I think there is some manipulation with nodes I need to do to get results but I have not enough experienced in that. Can you please help me simulate honey consistency and color?

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    $\begingroup$ The main difference between the images is due to the lighting (same thing for the preview). Try to work on both side: shaders&lighting. $\endgroup$
    – Carlo
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 23:46
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    $\begingroup$ Yea, for a shader to look real you need context. The shader is not just the sum of all nodes, lighting, reflections and environment have a big influence in its appearance. Make a bottle around it, get a background going, add something to reflect. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ some kind of scattering (subsurface or volume scattering) would help as well. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ I'd suggest starting with an HDR. This does (at least) two things for you at the same time: gives you realistic lighting and something to reflect. $\endgroup$
    – JakeD
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 14:34

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Hopefully this will get you started... As others have said lighting is very important. This example uses Cycles to render and incorporates an HDRi for the overall lighting. An emission plane for an additional reflection (Camera Left) and a point light to brighten up the "Honey".

Honey Material

Glass Material



If you need more control over the color of the honey and being able to adjust it with different colors and shades of color, you can use a color ramp. You can also replace the emission shader with a glossy and translucent shader by adding both to a mix shader before connecting to the Material Output.

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