Join Donovan Keith for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a colorful background using the Gradient shader, part of Creating Materials in CINEMA 4D.
The gradient shader allows us to create smooth transitions between an arbitrary…selection of colors. This is useful in creating everything from…the sky to a particular sort of car paint. In this video we're going to create a sky…material, a striped background as well as an all purpose lighting gradient that will…allow you to create more beautiful transparent objects.…Let's start by creating a new material. Name this material Sky, and open up the…material by double clicking on the material preview ball.…Let's go to the color channel and load in a gradient.…
You do that by clicking on the triangle next to where it says texture, and…choosing gradient. Next, let's edit this gradient by single…clicking on the color preview there. You can adjust the type of your gradient…from 2DU which is a horizontal gradient to 2DV which gives you a vertical gradient…like this. Let's go ahead and apply this material to…our sky object just click and drag the material in your material editor to your…sky object and release. Now let's give it a render.…
- Applying materials to objects, NURBs caps, and polygon selections
- Creating glass using transparency and refraction
- Building colorful backgrounds
- Creating plastic, metal, and concrete
- Mapping an image to a video screen
- Adjusting material placement
- Creating layered materials with photographs and the Filter shader
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding Materials
2. Creating Simple Materials
3. Working with Shaders
4. Working with Textures
5. Applying Materials with Texture Projections
6. Creating Layered Materials
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