Is it possible to create material in blender that can catch/stop shadows without generating itself a shadow? So far i have used material called holdout, but this material is still generating weird shading effects.enter image description here

As you can see this material can catch well shadows but it itself leavs an ugly shadow. So how can I create a material witch can catch shadow (as this material did) and not cast itself a shadow. If some of you can give me answer I would be very thankful :)

  • $\begingroup$ Try to turn of the 'Shadow' checkbox under the Object > Cycles Settings in the properties tab. $\endgroup$
    – Bert VdB
    May 15, 2017 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ You are looking for a Shadow Catcher material which is not yet available in Blender as of version 2.78 but is planed for 2.79 onwards $\endgroup$ May 15, 2017 at 17:51

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Maybe you want to use the Input > Light Path node like so:

shadow light path test

If the cycles ray is a shadow ray, use the transparent BSDF, otherwise use the Diffuse node (or whatever material nodes you want).

The grey cube casts a shadow on the plane and the blue cube, but the blue cube casts no shadow.

  • $\begingroup$ Thx I'll try... $\endgroup$ May 16, 2017 at 19:36

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