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Procedural Shaders: Update on Lava
Added on: Sat Dec 14 2002
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In the article Procedural Shaders: Magma/Lava Effect I wrote back in 2000, I roughly explained how I created a magma shader, but unfortunantly during that time I didn’t really have any free time to really focus on it. So the article became a bit hard to follow, plus my shader was a lot more complicated than necessary. This new shader however is as efficient as it can be and shouldn’t create and confusion.


What I plan to accomplish in this tutorial is showing the power of procedural shaders and masking as well as trying not to make it too confusing at the same time. You’re first going to need 3dsmax of course, but you’re also going to need a freeware plugin called electric, it’s a procedural texture map from Blur Studios, you’ll also need blurlib which is pretty much required for electric to work. You can grab both of these below:

Electric Blur Studios
Blurlib Blur Studios

First of all create a sphere, give it 200 segments so later when we displace the geometry it’ll have enough segments to form the contours of the rock surface we’re going to create.

Once you’ve created the sphere load up the material editor, pretty much all of what we’re going to do now is through the material editor. Choose a new blank material to start fresh and clean with. To start off we’re going to create a fairly simple rock surface which will be the base of the surface before it cracks apart revealing lava underneath. First we’ll make a diffuse map to give a bit of colour alteration to the surface. So click on the diffuse slot under ‘maps’ and when the map navigator window pops up choose noise from the list of map types.



Once you’ve chosen noise as the diffuse map, the material editor will display the noise maps’ parameters. Keep the size on 25 but choose Fractal as the pattern instead of Regular. And then click on Color #1 color box to bring up the colour palette (it’s the black box) and type in the RGB values Red: 42, Green: 32, Blue 24. Click on the colour #2 box directly below and change it’s colour values to Red: 66, Green: 49 and Blue: 40.

This gives the surface colour more of a brown dirty look which is what we’re trying to achieve.





 
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