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TurboTips: V-Ray Blend Material, Part 3

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by

The following is part of our in-depth guide to the regular V-Ray Blend Material.  It will cover the theory behind many of the features of this material, and will also provide specific examples of settings, as well as tricks to use.  While the images used are from 3ds Max, the same concepts and settings can be used for V-Ray for Maya. The information covered here will be generally useful for V-Ray for C4D, but the blend material acts quite differently in C4D.

Examples & Common Issues with V-Ray Blend Material

 

 

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TurboTips: V-Ray Blend Material, Part 2

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by

Last week, we gave you a little overview of the V-Ray Blend Material.  This week, we have an important question:

When should I use Blend over other types of materials?

1. When there are layered materials, where the base and coat can be seen clearly as different materials.

In the example below, you can see that the wood has a completely different reflection/highlight pattern than the glossy lacquer layer on top.

2. When an object has radically different surface properties in large areas.

In this example photo, it’s easier to create two different shaders for galvanized metal and rust and blend them together, instead of trying to do it all in one material.

3. When the object needs a specific shading effect that is not possible with a simple material.

A good example would be worn and/or slightly dirty metal that has glossy and blurred reflections at the same time.

4. When the shader needs to be easily and quickly modified.

Let’s say you have a rusty, painted metal material with three different types of surfaces: metal, paint, and rust. Theoretically, it would be possible to build elaborate mix maps and custom-painted textures to create all these effects in a single material… but imagine if you need to change the rust pattern. “Oh, yeah, the material looks great, just make it a bit less rusty!” What a nightmare! You would have to go through all the maps and adjust them, one by one, to make this “small” change.

Now imagine that you have 3-layered blend instead (Metal, Paint and Rust layers). Everything is controlled by two simple b&w masks that can be adjusted quickly and easily. This saves a lot of time and is far less frustrating.

 

Next week: we give you some examples and common issues with the V-Ray Blend Material.

This series of tutorials was made with our friends at Viscorbel.

If there are any topics you’d like to see in a future edition of  TurboTips, let us know in the comments below, or Tweet your question to @TurboSquid with hashtag #TurboTips.

TurboTips: V-Ray FastSSS2 Material, Part 2

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by

The following is an in-depth guide to the regular V-Ray Blend Material. In this series, we will cover the theory behind many of the features of the material.  We’ll also show specific examples of settings and give you some tricks to use. While the images used are from 3ds Max, the same concepts and settings can be used for V-Ray for Maya. Currently, the SSS materials in V-Ray for C4D behave differently, so this tutorial will not be as valuable for C4D users.

Diffuse and SSS Layers

This is the most important (and, generally, the most confusing) part of the FastSSS2 material. The problem is, there are many different colors to set up and they all seem to affect one another in some way, so it can be a bit difficult to work non-destructively.

In this tutorial, we’ll attempt to de-mystify these settings so they’re a bit easier to work with.

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TurboTips: V-Ray Material, Part 5: Workflow

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by

In this series of Turbo Tips, we’re giving you an in-depth guide to regular V-Ray Material. We’ll cover the theory behind many of the features of the material and give you specific examples of settings and tricks to use. While the example images are from 3ds Max, the same concepts and settings can be used in V-Ray for Maya. The information covered here is generally useful in V-Ray for C4D, but the specific fields and values may be different.

To wrap up this series, we’ll show you an example workflow for creating a material from scratch. It’s not set in stone and you can change the order around, as long as you’re paying attention to the general principles.

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TurboTips: V-Ray Material, Part 4: Translucency & Bump

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by

In this series of Turbo Tips, we’re giving you an in-depth guide to regular V-Ray Material. We’ll cover the theory behind many of the features of the material and give you specific examples of settings and tricks to use. While the example images are from 3ds Max, the same concepts and settings can be used in V-Ray for Maya. The information covered here is generally useful in V-Ray for C4D, but the specific fields and values may be different.

 Last week, we talked about the Refraction tab.  This week, we’ll be moving on to Bump, but first: a quick tip about…

Translucency

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TurboTips: V-Ray Material, Part 3: Refraction

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by

In this series of Turbo Tips, we’re giving you an in-depth guide to regular V-Ray Material. We’ll cover the theory behind many of the features of the material and give you specific examples of settings and tricks to use. While the example images are from 3ds Max, the same concepts and settings can be used in V-Ray for Maya. The information covered here is generally useful in V-Ray for C4D, but the specific fields and values may be different.

 Last week, we talked about the Reflection tab.  This week, we’ll be moving on to:

Refraction

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