Noise


This is a shader that evaluates a coherent noise function (potentially summed over several octaves, giving fractal noise, sometimes known as a turbulence function). The output is between 0 to 1 (actually [0,1)), which can be used as input to several other shader nodes to produce various effects. This is useful for creating many real-world patterns (marble, granite, leather, etc.)

Settings

Octaves

The number of octaves over which the noise function is calculated (the fractal noise function is repeated at multiple frequencies, known as octaves; normally each octave is at about twice the frequency, i.e., half the size, of the previous one, but you can alter this with the lacunarity control).

Lacunarity

Controls the average size of gaps in the texture pattern produced. Lacunarity means the change in scale between each octave - in musical scales this would be 2.0, meaning each octave is at twice the frequency/half the scale of the previous one, but for our purposes numbers that are near 2.0, but not actually 2.0 are best. In most cases, we recommend using the default value of 1.92.


Distortion

Defines a degree of random displacement applied to each point as part of the noise calculation, giving a different aesthetic feel.

Amplitude

Controls the amplitude, or range, of the output. Normally the output has values between 0 and 1; the amplitude control multiplies this.

Space Coordinates

Specifies the coordinate space to use. These include World, Object, Pref and UV space coordinates. Pref is short for 'vertex in reference pose'. The plugin can pass these vertices to Arnold (in addition to the regular, deformed vertices) which can, in turn, be queried by the noise shader so that the noise 'sticks' to the reference pose and does not swim as the mesh deforms.

  • Object space, where points are expressed relative to the local origin (center) of the object.
  • World space, where points are relative to the global origin of the scene.
  • Pref, which isn’t really a space, but rather a reference to a bind pose (note Pref does not work with NURBS surfaces).
  • UV, for texturing using the object’s local UV coordinates. Note that this calls the faster 2D noise API, not the 3D noise like all other coordinate spaces.

 

Scale

 Controls the scale of the noise function in x, y, and z directions.

Scaling the noise in one direction only can produce interesting results.

Scale X:1, Y:0.1, Z:0.1

Offset

 Offset the noise in x, y, or z directions.


 

 

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