Mirror Mirror: Creating a Glassy Texture


    Recently, in the Jitter (C74) Facebook Group, a question was asked “How might I recreate this glassy texture?” with this neat gif being cited as an example.
    As always with these incredibly active Facebook groups, Estevan Carlos Benson -- the person who posted the question -- had several answers to go off and investigate in Jitter in less than half an hour. Now that’s fast turn-around!
    The answer being an environment_texture into jit.gl.material or if using cubes, jit.gl.cube with custom cube map. (There’s a lot of them to be found in a google search.)
    There’s a lot more that can be done with shape changes and morphing, different textures, and lights and backgrounds. I’ll leave it to you to make it your own.
    I have gone ahead and put together a basic example patch to get you started, that shows how to go about it.

    • Jan 27 2016 | 11:15 am
      Max 7 only right?
      Sad face.
    • Jan 27 2016 | 4:33 pm
      @brendan Nope , what I see in the patch that Tom shared , all can be done in Max6. @Tom Hall: did you use the same patch for the 1st example which demonstrates light reflection on the floor. Very slick
      Thanks
      phiol
    • Jan 27 2016 | 5:02 pm
      @brendan - @phiol is correct, the only thing it includes that you can't do in Max6 is load very specific light settings via an included snapshot - you can set these manually in the patch.
    • Jan 27 2016 | 5:38 pm
      This is great. Learned some new useful stuff about jitter.
      Had a problem getting it to open in Max. I have some of my own stand-alones as well as some from Essl. This opened in them. Changed the extension to .zip and bingo. Gave me additional insight into jit.world. Thanks so much for this.
    • Jan 27 2016 | 9:30 pm
      The trick to getting a really awesome finish is 90% in the lights. Here is a snapshot of another variation on the lights with reflections onto the ground surface below the shape.
      Load the new snapshot into /Documents/Max7/Snapshots [folder]
      Also try adding the jit.gl.pass default help patch to this patch to add depth-of-field
    • Jan 28 2016 | 2:29 pm
      Thank you. And what about the reflection in the reflection? kaleidoscope effect. If the model has a plane aimed at each other and reflecting other
    • Jan 28 2016 | 10:20 pm
      Tom, I found by just using a video of the room I was in, as the material for a gl object, I got a great glassy effect. I agree with you though, lighting is everything. I just posted a quick vid on youtube in response to your piece here, showing what I did for a live music performance using jitter and gl objects. The video is called, MAX Intermediate EPS 02.