Best Way To Visualize Materials ??

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by macservice123, May 18, 2019.

  1. macservice123
    macservice123 Member
    Hi all,

    I'm working on a piece of jewelry, but I suppose this applies everywhere -

    Are there materials/textures available that are intended to simulate / approximate the finish of objects? For example, I'm working on a little pendant and would like to know about how it's going to look in raw silver.

    I have a few programs at my disposal, but intend to use form-z primarily for modeling.

  2. Shea_Design
    Shea_Design Well-Known Member
    I worked a few hours on my 'steel' material shader (3ds max / mental ray), showing the layers / texture, worked pretty good when I was using that material. For raw silver probably the best reference is photos of cast parts which you can estimate (or know) the scale, a ring for example. Make a glossy reflective material with a properly scaled bump map, probably a procedural shader. I order almost every silver design in raw and so you can look at my shop to get a feel for the finish, compare to renderings etc. Actually ordering the model and photographing is probably best if you want to get orders, not that it has worked for me but my stuff is not exactly inexpensive. -S