Mirror Shader?

mdelaflormdelaflor Posts: 0
edited December 1969 in Carrara Discussion

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to build a mirror in Carrara? Is is as simply as making a completely reflective shader?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike

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  • JoeMamma2000JoeMamma2000 Posts: 2,417
    edited December 1969

    Is this a trick question? :)

    I guess it depends on how detailed you want to get. But yeah, pretty much. Technically, a mirror is usually a sheet of clear glass sandwiched with a backing layer of very reflective/metallic foil (or whatever), so you can reproduce that if you want. But a lot of reflection should do the trick otherwise.

    But keep in mind 99% of the effect of reflection is not in the shader, it's in providing something to reflect in the mirror. If there's nothing to reflect, nobody believes it a mirror.

  • mdelaflormdelaflor Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    No not a trick question. Thanks for tip I was able to make a mirror shader.

    By the way why am I a "New Member" I have been on these forums since the 1990s.

  • Kevin SandersonKevin Sanderson Posts: 637
    edited December 1969

    mdelaflor said:

    By the way why am I a "New Member" I have been on these forums since the 1990s.

    It's the way the new forum works. Everyone is new until you hit a certain post level. I've been around since March, 2001 on the DAZ site forum dropping in here and there when time permits.

  • JaguarEllaJaguarElla Posts: 10,386
    edited December 1969

    you need 26 posts!
    then you are just a member.
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  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,398
    edited December 1969

    mdelaflor said:
    No not a trick question. Thanks for tip I was able to make a mirror shader.

    By the way why am I a "New Member" I have been on these forums since the 1990s.



    I somehow doubt that. The forums didn't start until October 2003.

    Other than that, Wendy has explained the reason for the New Memeber status. Most people started that way on the new forums. Just some of us had a wee bit of a head start is all, as we needed to get some announcements and stickies up before the forums went live.

  • Kevin SandersonKevin Sanderson Posts: 637
    edited August 2012

    Well, 2003 then for me... I was going back to my first purchase which I thought was around the same time.

    Post edited by Kevin Sanderson on
  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 7,581
    edited December 1969

    There are some things to consider with using a reflective shader. The default ray depth within the shader is 2. The depth in the render room is 8. If you place two "mirrors" so that they reflect each other, the higher number will provide more reflections, so you might want to change it match the render room's ray depth at least. There is a limit though, even if you have the ray depth cranked all the way up. You will not get an infinity mirror- at least not in the 32 bit versions of Carrara.


    There also may be some wonkiness with the depth of field and other render time effects such as blur object not working as you'd expect with the reflections. There is a blurry reflections option available in the shader, but use with caution as this can really increase render times.

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