I cannot get light to pass through the material though. A few searches showed this has come up before, and I have made sure I have high passes for transmission and transparency, and also have caustics on (I hope I have done this right?)
And the result is that the translucent parts lights up, but no light comes out onto the surfaces around it. Could anyone tell me what I am doing wrong? I am relatively new to cycles. Thanks for reading
Essentially this setup makes the shade invisible to the light - allowing the light out into the scene - but makes the shade visible to the camera. Still a bit noisy due to the size of the mesh light - but it’s better than lighting through translucent.
Not sure how a glow material would help in this situation. The OPs problem stems from the fact that the path tracer is trying to find a small light source through a refractive/translucent material (one of the worst combinations for a path tracer) - it’s not down to ‘glow’ or lack thereof.
Also - glow effects aren’t really a material property. In the real world - the glow that is often observed around bright light sources is due to either atmospheric conditions like dust/fog or lens defects inthe eye or camera - both of which can be simulated using volumetrics or compositor.
moony your lightpath node gave a pretty similar result to the above aswell, just a bit more noise though I think thats because the above was with a pointlight.
Hoping to avoid going back to Internal tbh, seems like a lot of work and I have a large number of shots of the same scene from different angles I wanted to do.
Not entirely sure what I’ll go with, lights that are actually visible in the scene and are not just a window or a sky texture are what I have struggled with most in cycles, not many tutorials cover them - it’s always a emission plane out of view.
If you want your cover to emit a lot of light - but not appear as bright and over saturated - try the following node group on it:
This way your cover still looks like it is emitting - but also retains some glossy reflections - but it emits a lot of light into your scene. You can control the light output into the scene and the light output of the shade independently. Best of both worlds.
There is something wrong somewhere. This is what i get from one light emitter - pointlight covered by Negativa’s fast translucent shader group shade: http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=97235
Pay attention to sample count. To be honest, walls have some bit of AO added.
Your copied node group starts with Diffuse/Translucent mix; Diffuse clearly is not what you want light to pass through, it just does not makes sense. Try glass instead. Also other parts in Negativa’s shader group make render faster and eliminate noise/fireflies - do not ignore that.
Damnit… embarrassing. You are right eppo, I had made a mistake. I had added thickness to my glass cover and forgotten, once it was single polys the light made it through nicely enough. I have actually gone back to blender internal now though.