WHAT IS SMART SHADERS?
Smart Shaders is a vision to build an extensive library of high quality procedural materials, for Blender Cycles. My main focus is to achieve extreme flexibility while preserving photo-realism.
Smart Shaders – Grounds & Roads is a collection of 25 surface materials for nature scenes - grounds, roads and pavements.
My mission is to push the boundaries of what’s currently possible with procedural techniques in Blender Cycles.
I aim to do that with an efficient and practical resource that artists will actually use in their workflow.
All shaders are completely procedurally generated, which unlock new levels of flexibility and control.
Procedural shaders have no limit on the resolution.
Render time and memory is NOT affected
by how large the texture size gets.
Get unlimited variations with the
Seed parameter that comes with each shader.
Get photo-realistic and sharp displacements out of box.
The shaders use a combination of micro-displacements, bump-mapping and vector-displacements where applicable.
When combined with Blender's Adaptive Subdivision, it uses much less resources for the same level of realism.
The Asphalt Road and Bitumen Road shaders
are not only extremely photorealistic,
they are optimized fully to be realtime.
You can switch between Eevee and
Cycles Render Engine and the shader switches
to the realtime or ray-traced version accordingly.
Apart from the roads, most shaders in the pack have realtime versions.
You can use them directly in Eevee or, for preview purposes before the final Cycles render.
ALL SHADERS CATALOGUE
So this is exactly what you get for $35.
Plus more shaders and features as they
get added in subsequent updates
BTW... Free updates forever!
Sand - Beach, Wet, Desert 01, Desert 02
Soil - Puddles, Rocky, Sandstone
Herringbone - Old / New
Snow - Detailed, Plain, Rough
GROUNDS & ROADS v2.1
RELEASE NOTES v2.1 :
Added NEW shader "Tarmac Road", "Concrete Road"
All shaders made fully compatible with Blender 2.93 LTS
Improved road markings to interact with road grains. Added line wear and line detail feature for markings.
Optimized shader graphs for faster renders and lower memory consumption.
Documentation for road shaders built into the shader group node. Find it in shader editor.
Urban road shaders have similar parameters for consistency.
New pricing structure: 35 USD for individual, 49 USD for studios.
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HOW TO USE IT?
It has an intuitive and flexible interface. The product comes with a demo video to guide you through the process of using it for the first time.
Works with Blender 2.93 LTS both Cycles & Eevee. Previous versions of product are included which work in Blender 2.83 LTS, 2.92.
CAN I USE IT COMMERCIALLY?
Yes, absolutely! It has a ROYALTY FREE LICENSE. For more details check the license file that comes with the product.
WHAT AM I GETTING?
You get 25 fully procedural shaders for Grounds, Roads and Pavements. Plus free updates forever!
WHO IS BEHIND THE PRODUCT?
Hi, I am Blue Inversion. I run this software company and animation studio by the same name.
I stand behind the quality of this product,
you will love to have it in your tool bag.