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Master Material Nodes for Beginners | Course

Tutor: Hayden Falzon

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This course will help you master Blender’s deep material authoring solution. Using the material nodes. For both eevee and cycles.

Lessons

How to access the Node Editor

This lesson will show you how to get started with Materials, by learning how to access the Shader Node Editor in Blender.

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What are nodes

In this lesson we answer the question as to what exactly are nodes? And we try and make sense of them within the larger context.

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Basic Navigation in the Shader Node Editor

In this lesson we will look at in more detail, how to navigate around the shader node editor in Blender.

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Common Problems when creating Materials

In this lesson we will look at some common problems that can occur when you are creating materials in Blender, and how to overcome them.

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Structure of a node

Learn about the basic structure of a node so that when we get into more advanced material authoring you will have a better time understanding how to read the flow of the material logic.

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Types of shader data

In this lesson, we look at the different type of material data that you may come across as you progress through your studies in Blender.

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Value Data

In this lesson we will look at the value data type in more detail.

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Color Data

This lesson focus's on color data.

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Vector Data

This lesson will focus on vector data, and equip you with a basic understanding of this data type.

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Shader Data

This lesson will look at the shader data type, in blender material nodes.

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Creating nodes in the material editor

This lesson will focus on teaching you how to get started with material by creating nodes in the editor.

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How to read material node trees

This lesson will teach you how to read material node trees in an effective manner.

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Node types by function

This lesson will give you an overview of the different types of nodes within Blender.

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Common Nodes - RGB Node

Learn about a common node that you will find yourself using time and time again. The RGB node. What it does, and how to use it.

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Common Nodes - Value Node

This lesson will look at another common node that you will find yourself using time and time again. The Value node.

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Common Nodes - Mix Node

This lesson will look at another common node - The Mix Node.

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Common Nodes - Image Texture Node

Learn how to bring images in to your shaders in the form of textures in Blender.

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Common Nodes - Color Ramp Node

My favourite node. Learn about the useful color-ramp node in Blender Materials.

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Common Nodes - Principled BSDF node

This lesson will focus on one of the, if not, the most important node in your arsenal. The Principled BSDF node. An ubershader.

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Common Nodes - Transparent BSDF node

This lesson will teach you about the transparent BSDF node in Blender.

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Common Nodes - Mix Shader

Similar to the Mix node, the mix shader allows you to mix shader type data together for wonderful effects.

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Masking Materials

In this lesson we will look at how to mask within materials.

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Procedural Textures

This lesson will teach you core concepts about procedural texture, how they are very useful, and different from traditional materials.

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Texture Coordinates

In this lesson we will look at the texture coordinate system, and how it can affect the materials that you Author.

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Procedural Texture - Checker

In this lesson we will look at the inbuilt texture type - Checker.

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Procedural Texture - Gradient

In this lesson we will look at a common recipe using the gradient texture

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Procedural Texture - Magic

In this lesson we will continue to look at the inbuilt textures within Blender.

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Procedural Textures - Musgrave

In this lesson we look at how we can use the inbuilt texture type Musgrave within Blender.

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Procedural Texture - Noise

This lesson will focus on teaching you about the noise in-built texture within Blender.

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Procedural Texture - Voronoi

This lesson we will look at the Voronoi inbuilt texture.

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Procedural Texture - Waves

This lesson will look at the Wave texture within Blender.

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Simple Texture Painting

This lesson will introduce you to texture painting. An amazing way to create custom textures for use within your material.

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Vertex Colors and Masking

This lesson will start to delve a little deeper into the advanced functionality of Vertex Colors, and how we can use it to affect our main material.

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Organising Nodes

Now that we know a lot about nodes, what they are, how to start using them. It is just as important to keep your workplace clean so that you can make changes or fix mistakes if any occur.

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Procedural Rusted Metal Material Example

In this lesson we will use all of our knowledge that we have learned up to this point, and put it to use by creating a fully procedural rusted metal material.

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Simple PBR Setup

This lesson will introduce you to the concept of PBR setup

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Multichannel Storage

This lesson will look at another advanced technique to store lots of data in one texture.

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Texture Baking Basics

In this lesson we look at how we can texture bake, so that we can take our materials out of blender and into other software.

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Cycles displacement Materials

This lesson will look at the cycles option of displacement

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