[Bf-cycles] A Single "Cycles" Shader

Brecht Van Lommel brechtvanlommel at pandora.be
Fri Mar 30 17:58:30 CEST 2012

I agree there should be a "ubershader" that contains many options and is
similar to Blender Internal materials, but I haven't gotten to implementing
this yet. It would indeed be convenient to quickly set up material. For now
it's also possible to create a node group that does something like this.


On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM, Christophe Leyder <shotalot at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hey Brecht,
> Im really loving how Cycles is coming along, but I have a slight concern
> about the direction the shading workflow is taking.
> Currently, in the materials tab, the shaders presented with Cycles feel
> very "technical" and un-artist friendly, let me explain why:
> "Glossy BSDF", "Transparent BSDF", "Transcusent BSDF", "Diffuse BSDF" to
> me as an artist should be parts of a shader, not individual shaders.
> To elaborate, from using a whole lot of other engines these past few
> years, the one thing they have in common is they have unification.
> Unfication in Blender in general is seriously lacking, and I would hate to
> see Cycles go even further down that road. My suggestion is:
> Have a "basic" shader with the current "shaders" combined, (I really dont
> know the maths and stuff behind this though). Rather have the current
> scattered system as inputs in the nodes system, because by all means, they
> WILL be usefull there, if someone wants to use them individually, they can
> plug them straight into the material output. To add, in my experience, a
> Mix shader shouldnt be a "shader" at all, rather a function in the node
> tree. eg. Changing the colour of a texture, or placing a decal on a shader;
> and of course what it does now, mixing shaders.
> Or to be even safer, just add the "basic" shader to the materials list
> thats already there, and leave the shaders that are there as is.
> Just my 2 cents from an artists standpoint! :)
> Thanks
> --
> *Christophe Leyder*
> *3D Artist\Animator*
> **
> www.luma.co.za
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