The Reflective render property is used specifically for creating objects that have shiny or reflective surfaces. This render property works with Screen Space Reflections to create an Appearance that will reflect other models in a 3D scene.
Using the Reflective render property and SSR can improve the look and feel of your 3D models by imitating natural surface reflections.
The following properties are available on the Reflective render property:
In each Appearance there is a property in the Information Panel called Render Properties.
This feature has been designed to provide subtle but realistic reflections on the surface of a model. The effect is created by reflecting the models surfaces with whatever is visible in the 3D scene surrounding it. Typically, by using reflective surfaces such as various woods metals and plastics you can create models that look more realistic.
Using the Reflective render property provides subtle and additional surface detail giving a model further depth and realism overall.
To achieve the most realistic effect on any surface we recommend selecting values that are barely noticeable and on the lower end of the spectrum. Limitations of this feature are apparent when you set the effect to maximum as the reflections will look overly noticeable and unnatural.
In the example shown above, some basic shapes have been set on a reflective floor. The highest setting has been applied to the floors reflectivity and this results in the reflections being noticeably sharper.This demonstrates two imperfections that are possible with SSR. As a 3D designer it is possible to work around these limitations and improve the quality of your scene.
In the next example we have added a normal map, a specular map and a texture to the floor to add further depth and realism. Additionally, we have reduced the reflectivity and specular intensity resulting in the surface reflections looking more subtle. Reflective Scatter has also been applied to the floor and provides a more natural overall look.
This rendering effect does have known limitations and these will be described in further detail below.
The limitations discussed, although deliberate, have been adjusted to ensure that performance is optimal when being displayed in a web browser.
SSR and Reflective render are excellent additional features that help to create immersive and more realistic 3D environments and objects. Here are some examples of what these features are capable of.
DriveWorks has other render properties available to use on an Appearance.
These add different levels of realism to an Appearance.