About 'Real Displacement Using Textures'!

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  2. No Current way of passing through our previously generated textures.
  3. Must have geometry in order to function

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Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz: “I’m melting, I’m melting”!

Here is my attempt at using displacement modifier to melt Suzanne. It was so grotesque that I decided to add lights and make it look scary for Halloween. I used the Musgrave Texture (not baked but procedural).

So here is Suzanne:




I listened to the rest of the lecture and came up with the following Animation (Thank you Mike for the suggestion!)

I had to do the animation in Blender 2.79 because I could not find the appropriate tab in 2.8 to do this. Suzanne and the .png files were all done with Eevee in 2.8 (only took less than 2 minutes to render all the frames).

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Almost feel sorry for her.

Used vertex weights to apply the modifier to only parts of the mesh. Cheating? :smiley:

As I recall, “Suzanne” was the name of an ex-girlfriend of one of the early developers. But then, that might just be a myth…

EDIT: Oooh, oooh! Making an animation was interesting!! :smiley:


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I made the roughness decrease as she melts more too

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Made a melting animation straight away. I think it looks pretty cool.

Also took his sub challenge and fed it just some random animation I had made for a monthly contest. The results were…unpredictable ahaha

That was fun to play with the displacement. Was also trying to match the materials.
On the left - the first idea, on the right - after some re-thinking and re-working. Another hard lesson - sometimes it’s good to abandon the initial idea, go a couple of steps back and re-work.
P.S. Used Photoshop just to combine two images in one, but no postwork, pure Blender Eevee here.


Nothing too fancy I just applied the marble texture to Suzanne, poor old lass she puts up with a lot in the cause of us lot learning Blender. One thing I did wonder about is if it is possible to easily give directionality to the effect, when we apply in the Z axis it stretches in both directions, and for melting it would be useful to stretch just in the negative Z. This might be useful for say imitating melting candles.

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Evee render

Cycles render


I used my 3 previous rendered (baked) textures (not yet tiled). And use them also to add some colours to it. The size of deformation is equal to the colour.




Chocolate Susane.

I have problems with the eyes being “separate geometry” and as such ripping open the model when displacing:

So I just added a render from the back :slight_smile:

Maybe assigning the eyes (mesh vertices) to an other texture (less disruptive).

I used the clouds texture in displacement.

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