Vector Displacement Node

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Vector Displacement Node.

The Vector Displacement node is used to displace the surface along arbitrary directions, unlike the regular Displacement node which only displaces along the surface normal.

It is typically used to apply vector displacement maps created by other sculpting software. Vector displacement maps can fully represent the high resolution detail to be applied on a smooth base mesh, unlike regular displacement maps.

For best results the mesh must be subdivided finely to bring out the detail in the displacement texture.

See also

Material Displacement for more details on displacement workflows.

Inputs

Vector

Vector specifying the displacement along three axes. This is where a texture node can be connected.

Typically a baked vector displacement image texture is used. For Object Space, RGB colors in the image are interpreted as an XYZ offset in object space. For Tangent Space, R is an offset along the tangent, G along the normal and B along the bitangent.

Midlevel
Neutral displacement value that causes no displacement. With the default 0.0, any lower values will cause the surfaces to be pushed inwards, and any higher values will push it outwards.
Scale
Increase or decrease the amount of displacement.

Properties

Space
Object Space maps work for static meshes, and will render slightly faster with less memory usage. Tangent Space maps can be used for meshes that will be deformed, like animated characters, so the displacement follows the deformation.

Outputs

Displacement
Displacement offset to be connected into the Material Output.

Examples

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Regular and exaggerated vector displacement on a smooth base mesh.