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New Corona Physical Material (PBR) playground!

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From the latest Corona Renderer 7 Daily Builds Changelog:

* Added new grounds up PBR material - CoronaPhysicalMaterial
* Renamed CoronaMaterial to CoronaLegacyMaterial
* There should be no change in existing maxscript which uses CoronaMaterial
* Fix of "No sockets could be bound!" DR failure
* Fixed memory leak when rendering hair
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CoronaPhysicalMaterial is now available, please give it a try and share your feedback with us.

How it works:
Simply create a new material > Corona > CoronaPhysicalMtl, the older version of CoronaMtl is now labeled as CoronaLegacyMtl.

CoronaPhysicalMtl consists of two modes-types that can be switched from the metalness rollout, Metal (conductor) and Non-metal (dielectric). Most of the basic parameters now change depending on the mode selected and the preferred material type. Various presets can be found in the material's basic options rollout.

Since this is a physically based model, index or refraction-reflection is now limited to 3.0, reflection and refraction IOR are also connected into a single parameter (by default a highly refractive material, i.e. diamond will also have highly reflective surface if not rough). Metal materials don't use IOR for reflection intensity, rather their reflectance strength is based on color, roughness value or applied map, do note that roughness or glossiness model that can be interchanged from the Advanced options rollout of the CoronaPhysicalMtl itself.

What else is new?
A ClearCoat layer is now included within the material, this can help coating your materials with a new layer that can have a different IOR reflection, separate bump, different roughness, and  absorption color. A great example of this is a PVC Plastic coated with a resin layer or other types of coats. Comparison of CoronaLegacyMtl with no coating and CoronaPhysicalMtl with coating:

One more great addition is that of the Sheen layer which is responsible to represent an approximation of microfibers on cloth-surfaces like velvet or satin or other varying organic and rough surfaces. With a proper bump map it is now possible to emulate such cloth materials without the use of falloff, but by glossiness/roughness anisotropy and sheen layer alone.

Lastly, there has been a rearrangement of various UI elements to be significantly more accessible to the user, best examples of this are the addition of Bump control in the Base layer section along with a better restructuring of parameters.

Is this it?
Anisotropic refraction is now a thing ;).

Corona Physical-material can be used along with CoronaLayeredMtl, a comparison between CoronaLegacyMtl and CoronaPhysicalMtl:

Coating on refractive spheres, a comparison between CoronaLegacyMtl and CoronaPhysicalMtl:

Credits for assets used in the tests (CC0 attribution license):
Butterfly, VirginiaTechUnivLibraries:

this looks amazing!

Just WOW. Let's play with it. Thank you!

Amazing! A question: The Corona Converter is already updated to convert to this new CoronaPhysicalMaterial? And what about the already existing Material Library? Any intentions to it?

The converter is not updated yet, because the material is not finalized (we are waiting on feedback from everyone to see if there needs to be further changes :) ). Can't start on the converter til the material is nicely locked and final, otherwise we'll just be re-writing the converter constantly ;)


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