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  09 September 2012
Need help with Maya 2013 on Mac - MIA Glass

Is anyone else having an issue rendering Glass in Mentalray?

I made a glass shader but when it renders it comes out opaque! I've lowered the reflections and glossiness because at first it looked like a mirror but it's still coming out opaque!

I've now had to introduce translucency to get my image out, but it does not work properly!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated it!

BTW, i'm using mountain lion...

Thanks,

-G
 
  09 September 2012
2 things that come to my mind:
-did you make sure to set the transparency in the shader's refraction tab?
-did you set enough a high enough number in the rendersettings - quality - raytracing tab for refractions so that theyre calculated properly?
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  09 September 2012
try messing with the refraction settings, maybe lowering them. I sometimes get a solid black object if they're out of wack.
 
  09 September 2012
what color does it render? is it opaque and shaded? or completely black?
 
  09 September 2012
Originally Posted by julsVFX: 2 things that come to my mind:
-did you make sure to set the transparency in the shader's refraction tab?
-did you set enough a high enough number in the rendersettings - quality - raytracing tab for refractions so that theyre calculated properly?


Attached are the a couple of screen shots!
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  09 September 2012
Originally Posted by mecos: what color does it render? is it opaque and shaded? or completely black?


It's like a weird XRAY thru the building, it looks like a reflection but what you are seeing in the glass it's actually what's in behind the building!

See attached.
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  09 September 2012
Originally Posted by zenonithus: try messing with the refraction settings, maybe lowering them. I sometimes get a solid black object if they're out of wack.


I have! it's really weird. Take a look at my other replies, i've attached a screen shot of the shader.

-G
 
  09 September 2012
did you use a glass preset? if you didn't that's what i would do. make a new material x, select one of the glass presets and tweak it from there. there are jsut so many variables in maya that starting from scratch might be the simplest way. at least that will help rule out the shader settings as an issue.
 
  09 September 2012
Originally Posted by mecos: did you use a glass preset? if you didn't that's what i would do. make a new material x, select one of the glass presets and tweak it from there. there are jsut so many variables in maya that starting from scratch might be the simplest way. at least that will help rule out the shader settings as an issue.


yes, before uploading the render test, i started over with a glass thin preset... I think it might be a mountain lion issue..
 
  09 September 2012
Check your surface normals are pointing the right way.
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