Questions tagged [shaders]

A shader is a computer program that usually runs on a GPU and is used to do shading, texturing, special effects or post-processing. Shader nodes specifically refer to the nodes used to create shaders for Cycles, but this tag can be used for other shaders as well.

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Does a model exporter embedding materials as GLSL scripts exist?

as described in Blender Shader in OpenGL/GLSL, it is possible to export the (unoptimized) GLSL code generated by Blender for a given material. Since the viewport can use such GLSL for real-time ...
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Shading according to velocity

I have a rigid body simulation of many objects and would like to change how they're shaded depending on velocity. It's easy to get location from object info node, but how about change in location ...
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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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GameEngine: KX_BlenderMaterial vs KX_PolygonMaterial

I have a question about the material types in the game-engine. e.g.: 2.66 Blender API - KX_PolyProxy(SCA_IObject) 2.66 Blender API - name ~ The material of the polygon. When is the material a ...
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Need to add Shader node to this tree but it's not available

I'm trying to add the "Shader" node to this drop-down menu but it's not available and I truly don't know how to figure it out or even find it otherwise lmao. I promise I tried Googling ...
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How does a shader detect if two objects overlap

I saw this shader (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Du5F7PfQM - an animated procedural water toon shader) . It says (in it's blender market page - https://www.blendermarket.com/products/pure-toon-...
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Jagged edges using a toon shader and Evee

I am trying to create a cartoon style render using evee with light reflections on the material (wich is suposed to be metal). I tried everything like subdividing, auto smooth, changing shadow ...
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Possible to give a shadow a different material?

Hello. Let say that in a this image, i'd like all shadows to be rendered as an red emissive material, is this possible in render ? procedurally, witouth any modifiers, just by the shader editor ?
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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 to externally control the look of volume material?

The effect that I want to achive looks like this: The problem I have is with that colorful cube with controllable color gradient. The cones and planes can be ingnored. I have achived similar result ...
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Procedural Materials On Fluid Simulations

Been struggling with this for a while. I've made a procedural lava shader and I want to put it on a fluid sim. The problem is, all the mapping methods I've tried make the fluid travel through noise ...
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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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First attempts with SSS - where is the nose?

I am trying to make the skin for my female mesh and watched some tutorials on Skin Shaders. I tried to rebuild YanSculpts Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktsyL2Kp5bQ&t=388s and the result ...
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I want to convert my Diffuse Shaders to Principled Shaders

I just barely imported a scene from an .obj file, but all 83 materials defaulted to Diffuse Shaders of various colors. To make for a faster workflow, could I use a python script of some sort to ...
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What is the significance of the value of the limit on the roughness attribute of the Oren Nayar shader?

In exploring the settings of the Oren Nayar shader in the Blender internal rendering engine, I find that there is an upper limit of 3.14 for roughness. Is this the constant Pi? Why is this the ...
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How to set up SSS on cycles for efficient rendering

How do I set up SSS shaders properly to render efficiently in animation projects. Are there any specific optimizations to consider? I am trying to render some orange juice in a bottle and getting ...
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Material Mode in Shading Panel

I have this version of Blender What is the difference between the two Material modes in the Shading panel ? On my PC GLSL seems to work, instead Multitexture seems doesn't work.
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OSL: Giving the texture method a color instead of string

Is there a way to give the OSL method texture(string, float, float, ...) a color input instead of the string which reads an image file? Or is there any type of ...
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Is there a way to manually control vertex/face normals to get a more consistent toon shader?

I watched this video about the art style of popular fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd, and something which really interested me was the method that the artists used to get rid of ugly automatic-normal ...
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What's the shading algorithm behind Smooth Shading?

When I flip between flat and smooth shading, I see that the vertex normals flip between n vertices for n meeting faces and single (averaged) normal. Once the vertex normals are deduced, how're ...
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iridescent snake skin shader

I'm working on this snake and want it's skin to look like these reference images. This is what I got so far but I don't think this is the optimal way. Any suggestions? With iridescent shader from ...
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get this gradient style in blender

I'm trying to get this gradient style: My best result are with eevee with volumetric and gradient on a metaball, but i cannot figure out how to get the gradient fill the totally of the metaballs like ...
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How to create a feathered border around an object?

This is the best way I could possibly phrase this question. What I want to do is mix two different materials. I want to use the secondary material to catch the rimlight of the object, but I only ...
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Transparency showing as black on a mix shader (multiple image textures)

First time here, still pretty new to Blender. I have an object that I've applied an image texture to. The object is a can with a label that wraps around 90% of it. The object's "label" texture ...
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Why is my color map gradient (by node xyz value) working for x and y but not z?

very new to blender and not an expert. Coming from engineering field and want to learn more about rendering CFD/model results in Blender. Right now I am struggling with adding a coloramp to a surface....
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Save just the Material part of a .blend file

Can you just save parts of a .blend file? And link them in later? thanks
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OSL: HalfVector Question

EDIT: I pasted a copy of the code for convenience. I have a question about the halfway vector between the camera and light vectors giving odd results in my shader. I included screenshots of my OSL ...
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Create and save preset nodes in the 2.81 blender, for example for material and texture

I would like to ask you how you can save settings related for example to texture materials and various procedures carried out with nodes in the shading editor in order to always find them ready for ...
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How can I simplify this triplanar material so that I only need to feed my texture into one slot instead of three?

I found a setup for a tri-planar shader online and it gives good results for me so I quite like it. But every time I want to swap the texture I have to swap it for each of the texture nodes. That ...
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How to convert a world generated Texture Coordinate into Object Texture Coordinate

In the material shader editor, one can use a Texture Coordinate from the Input, like generated, UV, object, etc. For example the object texture coordinate,the main benefit is that it will allow you ...
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Unwrapping doesn't follow UV editor

Oh, mighty Blender elders. I'd like to know if this is a bug, or intended behavior. What is going on I have three textures with different aspect ratios. 1:1, 2:1, 3:1. But when unwrapping, the ...
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My render doesn't look like my shading tab

I want to render this scene (white walls, white reflective floor, wooden table, HDRI background) but it doesn't want to render like I made it. Can anyone help please?
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Image Texturing - Using cycle's nodes to scale image texture and randomly rotate them

Is there a way to randomly rotate an image texture randomly and keep its mapping scalable? Im sure this has already been asked but can't seem to find it. If someone can redirect me to the appropriate ...
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Why Transparent BSDF blocks reflections of Principled BSDF? (Cycles)

I wanted to share an issue related to Cycles shaders I don't really know how to face. I am rendering a honey pot. Nothing crazy about this. But when I tried to add the sticker I noticed some ...
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In Glass shader, transparency in not displayed

I want that when I apply glass shader then transparency must display but it is not , when I applied glass shader then reflection of trees are dipplayed instead of transparency , why? please help me, I ...
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How is it possible to make a procedural snakeskin texture?

I've seen some posts like this one showing snakeskin procedural textures. How is this possible? From what I've gleamed on reddit, a voronoi texture is used here? How would you morph that texture into ...
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Toon Shader Programming/Noise Generation/Line Coloring

EDIT: A LOT OF IMPROVEMENTS The file: The output will look something like this (but in color): (Mickey & the ship's wheel are cel objects, and the ship & grass are background objects) CEL ...
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Python Mix Shader Diffuse BSDF Glossy BSDF Nodes

I am trying to create a plane object in python that uses a mix shader with the first shader being a Diffuse BSDF Shader, color black, roughness 0.200 and the second shader being a Glossy BSDF shader, ...
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How to get gradient material to work with rig?

I've got a lil character i'm making that uses some gradient materials, but I don't know how to make the gradient move with the deformations. as you can see, the gradient doesn't move with the ...
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Add a transparent image on top of a material [duplicate 2]

I read the answer on the link on how to add transparent images on top of materials (Add a transparent image on top of a material ). This works beautifully in v2.79b. This technique does not seem to ...
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Dynamic paint waves: How do I change color of

I'm new to blender and love the dynamic paint waves function. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to change the color of a material based on movement of the ripples simulated on the canvas layer. sort ...
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Cycles Light Linking: Getting hard shadows on a single object, and soft shadows on another

As the title states, I'm trying to get one object to take hard shadows from a very small Area, Sun, or point light, while in the same scene as another object which will take soft shadows from a very ...
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Smooth shading faceted when using bump/normal

I noticed smooth round surfaces get faceted when I apply normal/bump map onto them, without normal/bump they are smooth. Does any one have a solution for this besides increasing subdivision? 1. ...
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Occlusion material (holdout) in Cycles

I am looking for a way to occlude one cycle´s material against another like when we setup the render passes from the passes property for the scene in a "holdout" mode. Think 2 spheres over a plane. ...
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Real World Roughness Samples in Blender

TLDR: We've developed a method to measure a surface's microfacet distribution, and are looking for a way to integrate this in a Cycles shader. For more info, see this paper. Hi all, Together with a ...
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Can I only Render light that psses through an object?

In the image below I would like only the light that passes through the sphere, in this case the bright dot in the center, to be visible. Is there a way to set this up in cycles? Thanks, Tyler
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Faking HDRi Reflections with an orthographic camera

Is it possible to fake perspective reflections of a HRDi in a scene with an orthographic camera? As reflection rays are parallel on flat surfaces, every face of a glossy object has a uniform color ...
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OSL: Parallax Occlusion Mapping

I just want to know if this osl file, for a 3ds max, works in blender cycle. link: http://www.racoon-artworks.de/?p=773 osl:http://www.racoon-artworks.de/DownloadableScripts/...
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Scene lighting and setup: how would you get such a render?

Just for fun, i'm trying to recreate a scene from the (nice) movie Cherry 2000. Here's a link to the clip. I like the aesthetic, but I can't figure out how they did setup their scene; and that's ...
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Normal Map difference in blender and other soft

I created a low poly object, and a high poly object (beveled). We bake the normal map in Blender. When displayed in Blender it works well, but in other programs (3ds Max / Substance Painter) the low ...

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