Reflection (computer graphics)
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Reflection is accomplished in a ray trace renderer by following a ray from the eye to the mirror and then calculating where it bounces from, and continuing the process until no surface is found, or a non-reflective surface is found. Reflection on a shiny surface like wood or tile can add to the photorealistic effects of a 3D rendering.
- Polished - A polished reflection is an undisturbed reflection, like a mirror or chrome.
- Blurry - A blurry reflection means that tiny random bumps on the surface of the material cause the reflection to be blurry.
- Metallic - A reflection is metallic if the highlights and reflections retain the color of the reflective object.
- Glossy - This term can be misused. Sometimes, it is a setting which is the opposite of blurry (e.g. when "glossiness" has a low value, the reflection is blurry). However, some people use the term "glossy reflection" as a synonym for "blurred reflection". Glossy used in this context means that the reflection is actually blurred.
Polished or mirror reflection
Mirrors are usually almost 100% reflective...
Normal (nonmetallic) objects reflect light and colors in the original color of the object being reflected. Metallic objects reflect lights and colors altered by the color of the metallic object itself.
Many materials are imperfect reflectors, where the reflections are blurred to various degrees due to surface roughness that scatters the rays of the reflections.
Fully glossy reflection, shows highlights from light sources, but does not show a clear reflection from objects.