Chapter 5 Material Effects

DOI: 10.1201/9781003009795-6


As introduced in Chapter 4, all computer-generated objects must be rendered within the rendering pipeline. To satisfy all possible demands of the rendering pipeline, the real-time rendering engine must be dynamic, interoperable, and extensible. Interfacing with the engine can be a challenging endeavor. Within the real-time production environment, this interface is typically a customizable material which empowers artists, designers, and other non-technical individuals to interact with the engine without extensive understanding of its inner mechanics.

This chapter introduces the essence of materials and identifies several strategies how they may be exploited to produce extraordinary ...

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