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Nodes are used in the Node Editor for compositing, post-processing, creating materials and textures. Use this tag for anything node related.

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Get image pixels from multiple viewer nodes

For Blender 2.81 and Cycles render. I want to access all of the following data passes from a Python script: Z Normal ...
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Update function for NodeSocket?

How do I set a callback for socket input change (value or link change) when having a custom node? I have a socket defined like: ...
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Does anyone know how to make a procedural random tile texture?

I'm trying to make a tile texture using nodes only, but figure out a method of doing so. I want to make something like this: I don't need to make the marble, just looking for the outlines of the ...
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Questions about the Light Path node

I would like to increase my shading skills by understanding the light path node a little bit better. I am a little bit confused as to how this node works, mainly in terms of how some node setups have ...
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Is there literally NO way to start a particle animation when the particle is emitted?

I've been battling the particle system for over a week now without any success. A little context to what my issue is: I'm using an instantiated collection(!) with 4 meshes in it as particles, each of ...
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Pointiness to Vertex Colors for EEVEE

I am attempting to create some Procedural Weathering Effects on a high-poly model using a similar Pointiness method to that discussed in my previous question and answer here. Whilst Cycles provides ...
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Eevee Linear / Cubic Texture Interpolation Complex Node Issue / Bug

A friend has been working on a project, and they have run into issues with using Linear Interpolation & Cubic Interpolation with their complex node tree. This node tree will be working with low ...
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Is there a way to get a node's dimensions without displaying it in the Node Editor?

The aim of the question is to calculate a node tree layout for a generated node tree. Nodes have height, width and ...
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Separate alpha from color in Shader Editor

In the Shader Editor, I can create an RGB node and in there, I can set an alpha value as displayed in this screenshot: However, no color separation node in blender supports extracting that value and ...
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Gradient texture loses effects in linked smoke simulation group

I have created a smoke simulation with the following node-setup as the material. The three nodes on the far left allow the lump in the center of the smoke simulation to lose their density. The ...
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Node Group separator for parameters

Is there any way to add separators to better organize node group parameters?
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Is is possible to get boids data to animation nodes signalling when they are 'attacking'?

I am creating a space dogfighting scene and I have been able to hook up the particle boids to animation node instances, including positions and even the rotations by normalizing the velocity and ...
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Compositor File Output Node overwrite?

In the Output tab of Render settings, you can set the output options for rendered animation. One of the options is to have new renders overwrite the previous ones or not. The File Output node in the ...
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nVidia skin shader with the Principled BSDF

I've been using a skin shader primarily based on the Brecht skin shader, which is itself based on the Sum-of-Gaussians approach as seen in 14.4.7 from GPU Gems by nVidia. Its Cycles adaptation, which ...
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How to update compositing nodes via script?

I create some nodes in compositing via python script: ...
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How to create an all-around night sky in Cycles?

So I created a night sky following this video https://youtu.be/9vbq6HOgA2w It was going pretty well until I noticed that only half of the world actually looks decent. The bottom half/ middle is this ...
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Copy node tree from one material to another in cycles using python

I have two cycles materials (say source and target). I want to copy the Shader Nodetree from the source material to the target material after clearing any currently present node tree(s) in the target ...
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Is there a way to get the vector to the closest UV seam?

I am looking for a way to get the distance to the closest UV map seam in UV-space as a vector in the node editor. Like this: The blue dot is the current point of reference, i.e. the point where the ...
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nodes in blender game engine

I have an issue while tring to set up a material for blender game engine. You can see the setup on the image, and the BGE doesn't render my purple object that's on the View panel.
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Use value of node output for driver

Situation: I have an Object that rotates (keyframed). I use Nodes and Drivers to set the objects color to blue within the first quarter of one whole rotation (90°) and red for the rest (270°). That is ...
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How can I use a node-based texture for smoke flow in Cycles?

Preface: I'm thinking that this might be a bug, because the behavior's pretty weird. I'm posting it here in case it is the intended behavior and there's some trick I should use. I can successfully ...
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Node Wrangler Viewer node's Emission Strength defaults to 16.667

Is there a way to change back the Viewer node's Emission Strength to 1 by default? Every time I ctrl+click on a node it creates a viewer node with the strength of 16.667 and I have to turn it down to ...
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What's the difference between a Displacement node and a Vector Displacemet node?

I'm relatively new to Blender, and I've followed some tutorials where they use a displacement node, and some where they use a vector displacement node, and I'm not really sure what the difference is.
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How can I get shader node values based on object angle?

I'm trying to automatically change a blackbody's value based on a sunlamp's directional angle. When the sunlamp shines horizontal, I would like to have a minimum value represented in the shader ...
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Everything Nodes?

A few years ago in blender community exploded an information that blender will make some game changing feature, they called Everything Nodes, but to this day, we have nothing more than one short video ...
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How to properly rotating a material using node which has a normal map?

Rotating normal map via mapping node seems will flip normal map, resulting a weird looking material. But directly rotating uv map in uv editor doesn't cause any issue. So how to properly rotating a ...
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How to make node group of an existing material into a new group? (in python)

This is what I would like: I'm looking for an alternative to bpy.ops.node.group_make() Because it seems like a bad approach. I simply want to group a new group ...
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Using texture data from texture properties as node data in Cycles

either I'm clearly missing something or I misunderstood the concept, but I hit a wall with something that should be pretty easy (provided it is already implemented in Blender). I'm basically creating ...
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texture mapping without texture being mirrored on other side of object

I have a cylinder I want to map a texture to. To specify the location of the texture I use an empty. In the material node editor I then use the object function of the texture coordinate node and ...
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How can I sharpen the light fall off for a rotating earth animation with 2 materials?

Intermediate level question. I have been following Andrew Price's excellent tutorial on "How to make Earth". I have managed to "create" earth, and render as a static image. I have returned to this ...
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Irregular shapes texture

Below is the type of texture I wish to generate using Blender's node system. Thus far, I have tried using a mixture of Blender's base textures, noise, magic, voronoi etc. I have attempted to combine ...
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How to see the shader preview?

In shader editor , how can i see the preview of the shader or any nodes without it's being applied to objects ? something like 'viewer' node in compositing editor. Right now if i have lot of 'image ...
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How do I curve procedurally generated textures (Clouds)?

I'm quite new to blender and am still getting the hang of things. Having followed BlenderMaster's tutorial on creating clouds, I've managed to create something like this: I already know how to move ...
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Rendering to Viewer Node in headless mode

I'm running Blender 2.79: /path/to/blender -b empty.blend -P script.py With script.py: ...
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How to set default values for sliders (node groups)?

I am working on a pretty involved volume shader for artistic looks. I have created a large node group and because of the way I have things set up small changes in values can change the look ...
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Nodegroup: Missing data block

A Cycles node group in a file of mine seems to have lost its data block somehow. The group still shows its inputs and outputs properly, but the name of it has changed to Missing Data-Block, and no ...
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How do I find which materials are using a particular node group

I have a blend file that I am using as a materials library. I have discovered that there are node groups that were not named, so I have a collection of NodeGroup.xxx groups. I would like to find the ...
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Cycles Convolution Matrix (Kernel)

According to this post: voronoi cracks fac Is it possible to refactor the texture and use it from outside the node group? So it would be possible to have an Convolution Matrix Node. P.S. Why are the ...
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Creating nodes with dynamic number of input sockets?

Is it possible in any way to create one's own node type in one of the node editors (let's just say the Compositor for example) that can have a dynamic number of inputs? Not a group node, just a ...
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Help figure out where this phantom rust is coming from

I have an object with two non intersecting UV Maps. One UV Map (round.red.light.decal) is to place a red light decal (round.red.light.png). The other UV Map (rust.map) was used to draw an image mask ...
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How to control materials falloff type from perpendicular/parallel to fresnel using nodes?

I used to create falloff maps in 3dsmax quickly and easy. Now I would like to be able to do the same thing in blender. Currently I am using Toggle diffuse ramp operation in blender, but it only ...
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black displacement artifacts using micro-displacement and adaptive subdivision

I am currently using micro-displacement along side with adaptive subdivision. However I have stumble upon a weird artifact. As you can see there are some black pixelated artifacts along side the ...
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Scripting an “open image” button input for image/env. textures?

Is there a way to script out a normal image/environment texture node with the exception of an "open image" button input that can be plugged into a node group and have that button actually be displayed ...
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How to create topographical contour lines ?

I am working on engraved cave walls, got from 3D scan. I would like to create topographical contour lines (maybe not "lines" but "ranges" ...) in order to see better the engravings. I have already ...
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Defcous Node algorithm

I am working with Blender to generate defocus images using the Defocus filter it provides in the Node Editor. The official doc says that the blurring is done as a "post-process" using the Z values in ...
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Using data with python nodes

I have created a number of python nodes inside my own tree. I have one node that takes one input and has a button called "Simulate". This is an operator that is held in another file. Currently all it ...
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How can I use a mask in World Textures

I have a cycles world setup with 2 textures rendering out as equilateral (for 360 deg video). I would like to use either a mask shape or an object from the filed of view as a mask between the 2 ...
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The problem of distortion on the composite

Hi all, I have a problem. I will render an object, is simply a box, get the rendering, compositing, then distort it. As a result of rendering over a live video the cube is smaller and renders with a ...
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How to create an image whose alpha value changes according to a curve through time in node-editor?

I connected an image-node with a composite-node and connected a value-node into the alpha of the composite-node. I changed the values and the image changed its transparency. Then, I connected the ...
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How to make procedural wood material with knots?

Recently I saw new cycles wood shader from CG Cookie, that looks very impressive and I was wondering if it is possible somehow to mix few wave textures to achieve natural looking knots on the wood. ...

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