View Full Version : Nice subsurface scattering effect in XSI.

01 January 2002, 11:06 AM
Check it out, Tom Sporer has created a little shader that does an excellent job of simulating subsurface scattering in XSI. It looks great and it's really fast. (It renders in just a few seconds) While it may not be "real" subsurface scattering it looks so good and it renders so quickly that it does not really matter.

You can download the shader and view a tutorial on how to use it here:

01 January 2002, 08:21 PM
I've just took a look and that's fantastic.
How can it be so good and so fast at the same time.

We've got 2 different plugins in Lightwave for SSS but that's really, really, really slow.
I can't figure out what some programers're doing when you see such a good result.

01 January 2002, 08:36 PM
Its called 'Mental Ray'. MR is a rock solid renderer thats done more than prove itself. It has an incredible architecture that allows users to write almost any shader you can imagine. And since its already a great ray-tracer, many great effects do not require any shader to be written. The speed increase in version 3.0 is incredible also. I can render a complex scene with radiosity faster than I could render a scene without radiosity in the previous version. Anyway, my hat's off to Tom for such an excellent shader. I can't wait to see more shaders popping up on the web.

01 January 2002, 08:50 PM
Hi there Ed, and weclome to Cgchat

The shader is great.

Computer graphics is all about cheating :-)
It's all about the Ancient
Chinese Art of ChiTing

01 January 2002, 12:19 AM
Hi Pawel,

Ancient Chinese Secret ( eh? LOL. You've been using Calgon again haven't you...

Say Hi to Bartek for me. =)

01 January 2002, 08:02 AM
hey, i am chinese and never heard of some ancient chinese art called chiting. What is that?

01 January 2002, 09:04 AM
Calgon :D Yea, my favorite one is with bread and butter on breakfast

If you want to know that secret click
this (


01 January 2002, 09:23 AM
still don't get it, what's it to do with ancient chinese art?

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