Get Specular reflections from IOR

The official Blender documentation provides a method to get the “Specular” value for the PBR-material reflections if the “IOR” value is known. To get the “Specular” value from the “IOR” value, we can use the following equation:

It is not difficult to create it with nodes:

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EEVEE Shadow Catcher

There is a convenient opportunity in the Cycles render engine to render an object with shadows on a transparent background using material with the “shadow catcher” option. There is no such material in EEVEE render engine, however, in EEVEE we can make our own “shadow catcher” based only on nodes.

Completed “EEVEE Shadow Catcher” material you can get from the BIS library.

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Blender add-on: BIS v. 1.8.0.

BIS (Blender Interplanety Storage) updated to v.1.8.0.

  • Added two modes to the BIS panel in 3D_VIEW window: Materials and Meshes. “Meshes” works as previously for saving/loading objects. “Materials” – for simply adding materials to the active object.
  • Fixed critical bug from the previous version which breaks saving/load materials with nested groups.
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Autoclick in Pie Menu

To increase the speed and convenience of working with the “Pie Menu” in Blender you can use its “autoclick” option. To use it press the desired “Pie Menu” call keys, don’t release them, move the mouse cursor in the direction of the desired item, and only then release the buttons on the keyboard. You don’t need to click on a menu item, the choice is made automatically.

15 changes that you need to know when migrating from Blender 2.79 to Blender 2.80

  1. Object selection

2.79: selecting with the right mouse button
2.80: left-click selection

  1. T-panel

2.79: called by pressing the “t” key
2.80: it’s gone, functions moved to the main menu and to the context right-click menu

  1. Deselection

2.79: “a” – select all and deselect all
2.80: “a” – select all, “a – a” or “alt+a” – deselect all

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How to make a pattern from the single element of the BIS library

A single procedural element from the BIS library can be easily transformed into a repeating pattern.

Let’s get a single circular elemetn from the library and place it in the center of the plane.

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Fake-bpy-module

Code autocomplete greatly simplifies writing scripts or developing add-ons for Blender. One of the best autocomplete modules for today is developed by Nutti. Last updated 20190718.

The project is hosted on the author’s GitHub: https://github.com/nutti/fake-bpy-module

The modules are distributed via pip or as a pre-generated-modules. Author also provides a module generator with which you can assemble autocomplete modules yourself.