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DrStrik9
05-09-2009, 11:55 PM
I just upgraded from 8.5 to 9.6 -- so the concept of surfacing nodes is completely new to me. I began to read the 9.0 docs, and got to the tutorial on surfacing a 2-part-masked parquet floor. Everything went fine until the tutorial basically stopped, and said, "ok, now add some color." -- with NO CLUE as to HOW. lol

(I love it when tutorial writers have to go on break ...)

To be fair, there was some reference to presets I don't seem to have, for a step-by-step view on what was done to finish the surface. Maybe those presets will come with the discs, and weren't included in the downloads?

Anyway, my question is: are there are some better (actually complete) tutorials out there on node surfacing, to help an utter noob to better understand the various concepts? :-)

Thanks,
Michael

Sensei
05-10-2009, 05:41 AM
I just upgraded from 8.5 to 9.6 -- so the concept of surfacing nodes is completely new to me. I began to read the 9.0 docs, and got to the tutorial on surfacing a 2-part-masked parquet floor. Everything went fine until the tutorial basically stopped, and said, "ok, now add some color." -- with NO CLUE as to HOW. lol

You can add one color to another color using two methods:
1) Math > Vector > Add
2) Tools > Mixer, changing Blending mode to Additive or so.



Anyway, my question is: are there are some better (actually complete) tutorials out there on node surfacing, to help an utter noob to better understand the various concepts? :-)


I have no idea.. I have never read any node tutorial..

jameswillmott
05-10-2009, 06:17 AM
Anyway, my question is: are there are some better (actually complete) tutorials out there on node surfacing, to help an utter noob to better understand the various concepts? :-)

Thanks,
Michael

Kurv sells a DVD aimed at complete beginners, there is also a thread on SpinQuad containing many short tutes aimed at more advanced users for free.

JeffrySG
05-10-2009, 08:37 AM
I think William has some node videos here on the forums. While not complete projects they will cover specific elements. Also I would go to preset central and download some presets and see how they were built. You can always post a screen grab of your node setup and ask for assistance on a problem area too.

http://newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90089
and
http://newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77002

allabulle
05-11-2009, 05:51 AM
I think it's also worth looking at those videos:

http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/training.php

There are some about nodes and many more about using tools and techniques with LightWave 9.x

Matt
05-11-2009, 06:10 AM
I have two video tutorials that might help:

Creating a Brushed Metal Surface
Node_Anisotropy_Brushed_Metal.zip (http://www.pixsim.co.uk/video_tutorials/Node_Anisotropy_Brushed_Metal.zip)

SSS2 Shader
Exploring_the_SSS2_Node_Shader.zip (http://www.pixsim.co.uk/video_tutorials/Exploring_the_SSS2_Node_Shader.zip)

Cheers
Matt

DrStrik9
05-11-2009, 01:50 PM
Wow, thanks everyone! :-)

Michael