As a long term blender user I would really love the ability to easily blend two materials on a single mesh so they fade into each other rather than have a sharp cut off. ( this is different to blending two textures )
Every way of doing this at the moment is such a pain and very very time consuming, especially with complex meshes. You end up with UV maps, or complex stencilling.
It would save literally years of work over a life time if a mesh have a button that said “blend”, or “feather” materials. It would then be so simple to create organic materials…
Maybe its already there somewhere already but i cant see it…
Idh1109 Way too complex for simple use…and you cant select individual faces to use it on.
I use that method all the time for mixing over an entire surface, its different to what i am talking about.
Say you have a tube and want a different colour across the centre
you can quickly fill the centre with a different material, but it always has a hard defined edge ( example 1 ), all we need is the ability to blur the edge ( example 2 )
one click should really all be that is needed, not a complex time consuming node set up
I work with blender on a daily basis on commercial projects, and seriously believe i have lost weeks this year due to having to use complex methods to set up and mix colours when something simple would have solved the problem in one click.
It is not a complex time consuming node set up.
2 material inputs, one mix color node, one vertex color node or texture+coordinates nodes as mix factor and one output node.
5 or 6 nodes to create one material that can be append and reused to create derivated materials.
I am curious to know what app is blurring material boundaries like that with one click.
Not really what i’m saying is it, just as a commercial artist I’m making a note that a certain feature ( that on the face of it seems very basic ) would save hours and hours of work arounds…
dont get me onto UV maps thats the devils work;)
I also remember from my brief time in Maya that it had the ability to take two surfaces/meshes that had aligning but separate edges and blur them together as if it were one continuous mesh surface.
The above two things are kind of interesting, but probably don’t really apply to what you are after all that much.
Personally, I just use the mask two materials with a texture node method, but I’m in the habit of uv unwrapping just about everything anyway. I think I get what you are talking about though.
Basically when you bake a material in Blender or paint a texture, you can set a ‘bleed’ for how many pixels over the brush or bake fades out over the surrounding parts of the image map. What you are proposing would be a ‘bleed’ setting from the edge of one material slot/index into another, based on the edges around faces that have that material slot.
Obviously I’m not a coder, but that ‘sounds’ feasible and very handy. I remember mentioning to Brecht the maya ‘two objects with distinct edges as one continuous surface’ option in regards to modelling a head and body separate and rendering the SSS as one continous material - thus avoiding material seams (distinctly different to texture ones). Got a ‘that sounds interesting’ but we modelled Sintel as head and shoulders being one continuous mesh in the end so we didn’t need to figure out how to implement it.
I’m guessing Brecht would probably be the go to guy for this sort of question, but with the attention on Cycles, you would probably need to find someone with Blender Internal knowledge to implement it.
Material Index bleed. One of those “can’t believe I didn’t ask for it earlier” sort of things. Best of luck in your quest!