Arnold for Maya Tutorial: Ice Cube Material

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Fox Renderfarm is known as a powerful but affordable render farm in the CG industry. Fox Renderfarm supports most mainstream software, Renderers, and Plugins, including Maya and Arnold. This article is about the knowledge of ice cube material in the basic material related learning in the Arnold tutorial. I hope it can be helpful for your learning of Arnold.

In all kinds of texture making, ice cubes are a special kind. The overall texture of the ice cube is transparent, and has high specularity and refraction, as well as a certain caustics. Although the ice cubes are smooth, fine particles can still be seen at a certain angle. These particles are actually some small white bubbles generated during the ice-making process. There are many ways to achieve this effect. Today we will share a method of making ice cubes.

Production

First create a block to serve as the main body of ice. Then create an Arnold base shader and modify some of the settings. Because the ice cube material is transparent. There is no color, so there is no surface color. In Diffuse, set Color to black.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Increase the Weight value in Specular. Because the surface of ice has no roughness and is very smooth, you need to open Fresnel to simulate this effect.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Set the refraction, the value of Weight also needs to be adjusted up, the value of IOR is set to 1.33, and then check Fresnel, also need to check Caustics.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Now the basic texture of the ice cube has been set.

Now you need to add a small bubble effect to the ice cube. First create an Arnold 3D texture material, give the model, the following dialog box appears, just close it.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

After jumping out of the Aibump3d1sg node, you just need to drag the created Arnold texture to the Surface Shader in Arnold of Aibump3d1sg, then the model will appear small bubbles of bump effect.

Next, place the ice texture made in the Shader of Aibump3d1 in the texture.

Next, you need to add a Stucco texture map to the Bump Map in the 3D node, and then change the Bump Height to 0.5.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Now that the material part is complete, the rest needs to add an HDRI. Open the material editor, create an aiSky environment ball map in Arnold, and paste an HDR environment map in Color. Change the value of Intensity to 2.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Some settings are required before rendering. Click the Background link in the Environment to create the aiSky texture that was just created, so that the lights in the scene are set up.

The sampling value of Cameraca is increased to 5 (the higher the value, the slower the rendering speed). Refraction value is set to 4. Set the Refraction value to 4 in Ray depth. Create a sphere as an environment and check Visibe in Refiections in Render Stats. Then conduct a rendering test.

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

Rendering

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

In 3D texture mapping, Maya's own 3D texture mapping can achieve many different effects (turn off the highlighter and refraction of the shader, and the following effects appear,

Arnold for Maya Tutorial Ice Cube Material

The highlight and refraction of the shader are turned on, rendering:

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