Gobo

Gobo filter connected to a spot light. Logo texture is connected to 'slide map'.


The gobo filter can only be used with spot lights. In theatrical stage lighting, a gobo (or "cookie", slang for Cucoloris) is a thin sheet of metal with holes used to break up the light beam into an irregular, more natural pattern such as tree leaves etc. In the computer graphics world, gobos are sometimes referred to as "slide projectors" (or sometimes "projector lights", but note that in Arnold the gobo is not light source itself, but a filter applied to a spot light source). Any texture map or procedural shader can be projected through the light.

 

A video tutorial that shows how to use the Gobo filter can be found here. A tutorial that also uses the Gobo filter can be found here.

 


Filter Mode

The blending equation by which the gobo's slide map is combined with the lights output. 'Blend' creates a default gobo effect. 'Replace' multiplies the slide map over the spot light. 'Add' multiplies the spot light over the gobo. 'Sub' inverts the RGB values of the slide map. 'Mix' averages the results equally between the spotlight and the slide map.

Slide Map

Texture map used to create the gobo effect.


Density

Controls the density of the gobo. Higher values will make the gobo more opaque, thereby letting less light through.

Offset

UV coordinate values used to offset the direction of the slide map.

Scale S

Scales the texture used for the slide map in the S direction.

Scale T

Scales the texture used for the slide map in the T direction.

Wrap S

Controls how the 2d texture map is repeated on a surface in the S direction.

Wrap T

Controls how the 2d texture map is repeated on a surface in the T direction.

Periodic

The texture repeats itself outside the [0,1] range in (S,T) space.

Mirror

Mirror's the image across the boundaries.

File

Use's the wrap mode found in the file.

Clamp

Clamp's the image to the closest texture edge.

Black

Return's black outside the [0,1] range.

 

 

 

 

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