Fundamentals of Shading

If "Texturing" is like a paint's color then "Shading" is like a paint's finish: matte, semi-gloss, hi-gloss, etc. Shading is what makes an object appear metallic, transparent like glass, or translucent like wax. In this course you will first learn how to construct materials for the Cycles physically-based render engine. You will see how to navigate and function inside the node editor, mix basic shader components together, as well as construct a practical material using multiple material layers influenced by image textures. These principles will establish the shader foundation you will need to construct any kind of Cycles material you can imagine.
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Shading for Cycles Shaders control the way light interacts with your model. This is very important because light interaction is what determines whether your object is transparent and glass-like, hard and metallic, shiny like plastic, or translucent like wax. In this course you will first learn how to construct materials for the Cycles physically-based render engine. You will see how to navigate and function inside the node editor, mix basic shader components together, as well as construct a practical material using multiple material layers influenced by image textures. These principles will establish the shader foundation you will need to construct any kind of Cycles material you can imagine. Shading for Blender Render After the Cycles chapters, an equivalent fundamental education follows in context of Blender's legacy render engine: Blender Render. You will see how to function in the Material and Texture panel as opposed to the Node Editor with Cycles. This engine is not a physically-based and thus lends itself to NPR (non-photo-realistic) rendering. CC Music: "Home Tonight" by DoKashiteru