widget for textures?

  • Poser Ambassadors

    Ok, don't open the compound and it isn't so scary. But finding paint, metal etc. seems to be a hit or miss. IS there a "guide" for this wonderful tool.

  • @Boni HEy Boni

    There isn't a guide. It functions kind of like a limited root node. You should not have to open up and mess with anything inside the main node.
    I uploaded a new version and a couple of alternate versions so you might want to check those out. There is a version with a node that has metal colors built in. Metal is 100% glossy so you need to turn reflectiveness ( I could have chosen a better word there) up to 1. Plug in one of the metal colors into the glossy color port. Choose how rough the metal will look by entering in a roughness value between 0 and 1. That is it for metals. You can see in my image that the copper pawn is a little rougher than the gold one, and the black pawn is rougher than the blue pawn. Roughness controls that. Dielectrics (non metals) you will leave the glossy at 0. Same thing with the roughness, set to how rough you want that to be. You can plug in texture and bump maps into the ports and use the shader like you would for anything else like that. Just keep in mind that at 0 roughness everything will have a glossy sheen to it lie the blue pawn in my image. Just dial in the proper roughness for the material you are trying to simulate.

    here is a good resource for PBR materials.


    The car paint version is set up for shiny metallic car paint colors and all you need to do is plug in the color you want to the glossy port and you are done. If you want a non-metalic car paint color you could use the standard shader or plug the color into the diffuse color port and turn glossy to 0. The car paint shader has a second layer that is just transparent glossy like the top coat on a paint job.

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    Thank you so much. I will look into this.

  • @Boni

    I also should say this:

    Inside the main node all that stuff is in there to take care of the physical part of the shader. It uses fresnel and the fresnel amount is modulated by bump and roughness like it would be in the real world. I made this thing by watching Blender tutes. You should have another watch of that Blender tutorial by Blender Guru if you want to have a better explanation about this stuff. BB could explain it better than I could as well.

  • Here is my shader with a couple of added nodes to the bump to turn it into black leather


  • @ghostship Thank you! I actually had gone to ShareCG, but didn't find anything for Ghostship. Now I know why.

    Also, thanks for the additional information you've posted.

  • Poser Ambassadors

    @Boni said in widget for textures?:

    @bagginsbill I was about to send a rescue party out for you. Haven't seen you around for a while. Got a question for you. Have you seen the Shader sets for Superfly that VinceBagna is selling at DAZ? If so opinions please. It Looks amazing, but that is a first impression.

    I'm sorry I have not looked. But I know Vince is a terrific content creator with great attention to detail, so I would assume this is some good stuff.

  • Poser Ambassadors

    I would love to have the ball/in-a-ball/pedestal prop ... where is that available?

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    Heads up ... I was looking up Blinder Cycles tutorials. Found a site, blendercylces. tut and it brought up a hijack pop up pretending to be Microsoft taking over your computer! Please avoid that site. I had to reboot my system and do a scan to make sure nothing was downloaded.

  • @bagginsbill I would agree. I didn't mean that the product he had for sale was bad, just not for me.

  • Poser Ambassadors

    Sorry I can't find where I got the ball in a ball.

    I did find zip files. Some have DarkEdge in the geometry path so I suppose it came from DarkEdge(Design).

    The download dates are all in August 2015. Variations came that were different size, had different UVs, and one had bubbles. The files are called ShaderBall.zip, ShaderBall_UV2.zip, ShaderBallSmaller.zip, and ShaderBallBubbles.zip.

    I have searched RDNA, Rendo, CGBytes, and none come up with useful search results for shader ball, bubbles, etc. I hate most of the sites we have to use. They absolutely suck at searching.


  • Poser Ambassadors

    @bagginsbill thank you for trying. I keep up my search. It is a great test prop. I was wondering if you would mind if I took your'prop into zbrush and remeshed it? Only because of the stretches it has in Superfly renders.

  • this forum post popped up with a search for "shaderball."


  • file is downloadable and imports as an FBX file.

  • @ghostship I saw that earlier when I was trying a search, but didn't get it because I didn't think Poser could import the FBX format. I know Blender can, but don't know of any other non-modelling software that can. Am I wrong?

  • OK, I just went back to try and download the FBX file, and I was able to get to the site where the download link is, but when I clicked on it, my Firefox refused to let me download it, because the supposed site where it's located "isn't configured properly".

    Not sure what that's all about.

  • a rendered image of it in Poser


  • Poser Ambassadors

    @Miss-B Hmm. I just downloaded it, imported it and saved it as a prop. Sooooo. If you go to the dropbox version? 1.1 rather than the 2.0. That's what I used if that helps.

  • @Boni I'll try that and see, as I use DropBox all the time.

  • @ghostship Ohhhh, shiney. ~grin~