• Wednesday , 27 May 2020

PBR Materials in RenderMan for Blender

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Inspired by Blender Guru’s tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3wghbZ-Vh4) on Physically Based Rendering Materials, here’s one talking about creating PBR materials in RenderMan for Blender.

For the files and text please see here:


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  1. Shimon Ben LouLou
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    maybe you could get a tutorial from andrew price on how not slur while you talk, so you don't sound like its 3AM and you're recording half asleep.

  2. Georgio Di Aventura
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Great tutorial but what Extinction Coefficient and Refranction Index for the Specular componet are used for?

  3. Jamtoad
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Is there a way you can make it render on GPU side. Because in Cycles you just pick one in the box, but I cant seem to find it under Renderman.

  4. KickAss CG Studio
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    hi how to hdr rotate in blender with renderman 21.3

  5. 3Rton
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    looking forward to part 2

  6. Alex Petrov
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    And one more thing: why doesn't Inspector of the Image Tool show any information about renders, as it does in Maya? Render time, etc. By the way, while I'm investigating Renderman for both platforms, I get lots of questions – what should be the better way to through them all? =) I guess putting them all here is not a good practice..

  7. Alex Petrov
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    And I've noticed that Renderman for Maya creates such a mess with textures you once used in any node, by converting them into .tex format and storing in the project folder, quickly eating gigabytes of space, due to huge file sizes of those .tex files. Does Renderman for Blender do the same thing? I've decided that I have to get familiar with Renderman for career in the industry, so I'd like to understand what are the main differences between the Renderman for Blender and for Maya. I love Blender, and try to tolerate Maya, but it's quite difficult =) once you tried the software perfectly made for comfortable using of people by those people, you can't bare horrible ergonomics of Maya, 3Ds Max, etc.. =) yet I'm studying it too, for the sake of career..)

  8. Alex Petrov
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Hey Brian, I decided to try the Maya implementation of Renderman and it seems to work (render) much faster and give cleaner results there. Does it have any reason? Does Renderman for Maya really work faster than the one for Blender due to some API restrictions, or I've just mistaken it?

  9. Holobrine
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Shouldn't a 100% metallic shader have no diffuse?

  10. shanadeshana
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Thank you very much for this! I've been trying renderman with blender and the shaders are incredible.

    I have a a question. I was reading that Renderman can render hairs to a special type of geometry, making the particles a mesh, is this enabled in renderman for blender?

  11. Zack Mercury
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    When I choose "PxrSurface" on any one of objects, the complete render turns black and renders 1 second.

  12. Ilkka Rosma
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37


    been loving the built-in PBR features of the Renderman shaders from day one! Going the PBR route in Cycles really takes quite a bit of fiddling around (even if you follow a tutorial) so I find Renderman much more artist-friendly in that regard. Especially PxrDisney, been playing around with it for months now, and it really covers a lot of ground for being so easy to use. Also, for someone who uses Substance Painter for texture work, it's nice that the two play so well together.

    However, I was just wondering, is there a difference in quality between, say, a metal material created with an "über-shader" such as PxrDisney or PxrSurface vs. a dedicated shader like PxrLMMetal? Can you pull off glass stuff out of PxrSurface that's on par with stuff made with PxrLMGlass?

  13. Matthieu Barbié
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    Your plugins for Blender is awesome, really great !!!

  14. Gavin Downes
    December 6, 2018 at 15:37

    the TEX files for the light can be found at
    C:Program FilesPixarRenderManProServer-21.2libRenderManAssetLibraryEnvironmentMapsIndoorPixar_Atrium.rma

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