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I'm trying to make an effect of pulsing electricity/energy in cycles but the tutorial I've been following was in blender render and used transparency options that aren't in the materials tab in cycles. How can I make the material so that it has a harsh ripple-like outline? Right now it looks more like a ghostly jelly :p

This is what I have so far:

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But with the cube, I want to have this effect:

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The main difference with your setup and that of the "Tutorial" is that the base material is not completely transparent.

If you mix the transparent with a translucent material, and then mix that with an emission shader using fresnel information, you can get something similar.

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Click on the image to enlarge

Of course you can always make things more complicated and add another emission shader with a texture as volume:

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh man that totally worked! I used the first option with a mix shader of .999 and fresnel of 1.05 and it gave me exactly what I was looking for! So thankful for this solution :) $\endgroup$ – lakerice Sep 23 '17 at 14:16

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