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    Weathered Copper

    This one's pretty slow, I think I overdid it with the gradients and occlusion.

    The scene uses Japan_blossom_FINAL.hdr as a background which I got here (he has some nice HDR probes!):
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    Copper looks good, but the oxidation suffers from the all too common oversaturation syndrome.

    I'd make it a bit darker - not too much - and desaturate it. Probably 10-20% for both. You also might want to try using the Minnaert shader for the oxidation as well. It should give it that really nice dry powdery look.

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    Thank Simon, I definitely will have a look at this:-) Nodal seems to be an ugly beast to learn but quite adictive...
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    Please Mr Jerrard, can we have an example of what you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colkai
    Please Mr Jerrard, can we have an example of what you mean?
    Copper Oxide has a rough powdery texture to it, like a very fine sandpaper. The Minnaert shader is designed to replicate this type of particulate or porouse surface, so it's my first choice for any surface that has these qualities - rock, sand, brushed metal, unfinished wood, etc.. If the surface has tiny holes or particles, Minnaert is likely the shader to use. Actually, make that Minnaert A. Minnaert B is better for more fibrous surfaces, where the fibers tent to stand up. It's a bit similar to Oren-Nayer - both of thse are good velvet shaders.

    As for the coloring of the oxide, it's usually a bit on the dull side - not overly saturated in most cases. Now, it does have a habit of having all kinds of green shades, depending on the purity of the copper in it. Pure copper oxide would be a solid, deep green, but it's rarely found like this as a natural oxide on copper materials. In natural environments, the oxide is normally contaminated with other elements, giving color variations to it. Here's an example of a copper plate with oxidation that is on the blue side...



    Notice the oxide has a dry powdery look to it. It's also not very saturated in color, being more of a blue-grey in most areas. Normally, it appears as a greenish grey color. There's a lot of photos of Copper Oxide occuring on copper pipes on this page, which show it in nearly a pure form, isolated from outdoor environments. This image in particular, is about as rich a green as it will get.



    Compare that with the other image on that page, where it shows up as a lighter, less saturated shade due to it being exposed to other elements.

    Now, here's some of my recent takes on it. I loaded up my teapot, and made it copper.

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    Once I had a copper surface, I disconnected those nodes and added some new ones to do the copper oxide look. It's a little more saturated looking in this image than it should be, but that's because I was going for something that would look right with radiosity added. Anyway, a Turbulent Noise node is giving the variations in color on this image.

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    Now that I had my two main surfaces done, I needed to mix them together. I started out with the Occlusion node, which I used to focus the oxide into the crevaces with the help of a gradient. With that tweaked, I added a couple 3D textures and multiplied them with the results from the occlusion, so now the oxide wasn't so uniform looking.

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    It was also at this point that I realized a certain problem. Mixing the occlusin node (set to 2x6 samples) with a Ani-Reflections node, and a couple of anisotropic specular shaders with Monte Carlo radiosity results in a render speed measured on a glacial scale. And this was even after using Starbase's Bounces node to reduce recursive reflection blurring.

    Anyway, that's my take on copper oxide. I went for a relatively clean look here, but you can see that the green isn't all that saturated. And the Minnaert shader does a good job making it look dry. I also used Minnaert on the brushed copper itself. It's good for metals too.

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    Cool, thanks Dave, I often wondered what the 'real world' differences between shading models was. Would I be right in assuming therefore that certain shaders lend themselves better to certain materials.
    I must admiot to normally not playing around with shading models, that said, documentation isn't much help when it goes technical instead of user-based.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colkai
    Cool, thanks Dave, I often wondered what the 'real world' differences between shading models was. Would I be right in assuming therefore that certain shaders lend themselves better to certain materials.
    I must admiot to normally not playing around with shading models, that said, documentation isn't much help when it goes technical instead of user-based.
    You would be right.

    Rather than hijack this thread, I'm posting a more detailed response over here.

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    Less saturated Minnaert, I quite like how it looks on the pipe. I tried putting in darkening amounts but it made the edges look unnaturally bright. More tinkering required I think.
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