Water reflection please

Is there any tutorial how to make water reflection with normal map animation ? There are many example out there but any tutorial.

here are 2 ex:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V-p_v68plg&feature=related


Please help I try also the mirror tutorial but I can’t gat the same result:http://www.tutorialsforblender3d.com/Game_Engine/VideoTexture/VideoTexture_Mirror_Quick.html

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hi kamaro,

About the mirror tutorial on my website.

Where are you having problems? Does the finished blend work on your computer?

If you have a blend and you don’t want to post it here, you can e-mail it to me at my website and I’ll take a look at it.


Yes there are many blend also but I can’t replicate them. Its too complicated. Is there a simple tutorial step by step how to achieve it? Moving normalmap and reflection.

Hi Cthames. Instead of making a mirror i want to make water reflection. so i follow your tutorial but it don’t reflect like a mirror, its like a shadow.I will post the blend in a minute.


Here are the problem i encounted

hi kamaro,

The problem that you are having is because there isn’t a texture to use as the mirror.

Move your normal map down one texture slot and add a new texture. Doesn’t really matter what you use for the texture. (Use the UV mapping etc.) Do that and it should work fine.

Oh, and for water if you want to make it transparent, use the alpha settings on the mirror texture.

— edit —

Rapid share finally let me download the 2nd blend file you posted. The reason the mirror image was going the wrong way was because the UV wasn’t mirrored on the x axis. (step 6 of the tutorial)



mirror_test_UVmirrored.blend (308 KB)

Hi Clark

Thanks, i didn’t know that the fact that it doesn’t mirror which cause this problem. I try it and it was ok but when i add and empty to try to rotate the sphere, the reflection goes wrong again and i don’t know what i was doing wrong again :(.
How to make the reflection distort by the wave of the normal map?

here is the blend files.


hi kamaro,

For water reflection distortion, take a look at this thread. Near the bottom of the first page Martinsh posts a file.