Create Realistic Materials with Cycles

(scroll down for the material node setups) Cycles has been around for a while now, and while shiny perfect floors are fun, it's important to challenge yourself with more 'interesting' blender materials from time to time.

You won't find any modelling or lighting in this tutorial, just materials. So you can either start with your own scene, or download the starter scene below.

Final Result

Discover how to create these materials

Discover how to create these materials

 

Node Setups

To save time, here's the complete material node setup screenshots...

Rusted Material

Node setup for the rusted metal material

Node setup for the rusted metal material

Wooden Floor Material

Node setup for a wooden floor material

Node setup for a wooden floor material

Dirty Glass

Node setup for a dirty glass material

Node setup for a dirty glass material

 Alpha Masked Trees

Node setup for alpha masked material in Cycles

Node setup for alpha masked material in Cycles

The most difficult material I’ve ever made

The most difficult material I’ve ever made

Compositing Setup

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now go forth and create some realistic cycles materials ;)

Create something cool? Post it in the comments below!

Andrew Price