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Blender 3D: Designing Objects by Enrico Valenza, Pierre-Armand Nicq, Romain Caudron

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Creating a rock material using image maps

In this recipe, we will create a realistic rock material that looks like the samples shown in the following screenshot, using an image map. We'll see a material made with procedurals in the this recipe.

Creating a rock material using image maps

The image-based rock material as it appears in the final rendering

Image maps are particularly useful for several reasons: they already have the necessary color information of a natural surface ready to be used; they can be easily edited in any image editor to obtain different kinds of information, for example, high levels for the bump maps; and they are processed faster than procedurals by the software (procedural ...

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