This is a displacement plugin that displaces the surface point P in the current space (typically object space). It supports both scalar and vector inputs. It sums up all the connected scalar and vector inputs before it does the actual displacement.
All displacement transform related functions are in PxrDispTransform pattern.
Instead of including all the functions in one big displacement plugin, this modular design separates the transform and layering, providing more flexibility and efficiency for supporting different production displacement workflows.
You need to set your displacement bound in order to see displacement. For performance reasons one is not set by default. Use small values at first, large numbers degrade performance and small numbers may truncate the displacement.
There are two types of displacement, scalar and vector: The source of both types of displacement can be procedural or textured.
- Scalar displacement is a float displacement. It has only one float value. Thus it displaces P either up or down.
- Vector displacement displaces P in all three dimensions, XYZ.
These examples below show using the same source of displacement values yield different result using the scalar (using a float, e.g. resultF, resultR, ...) vs vector displacement (using a vector, e.g. resultRGB, resultXYZ).
If checked, displacement is enabled. This is useful for debugging where we sometime want to turn off displacement.
Gain for the displacement. If it is zero, there will be no displacement. Higher amounts create larger displacement. Be aware this may cause problems if it exceeds the set Displacement Bounds and it will print a warning at render time.
Scalar displacement input. This is a float displacement. We can connect this to a PxrTexture pattern node or any float pattern node.
Vector displacement input. Vector displacement data is a three channel data file, XYZ. We can connect this to a PxrTexture pattern node or any pattern node that outputs a vector or color.
Model Displacement is a vector displacement for the model. This is added to the Vector Displacement above.
It is not uncommon where the modeler sculpts the model with either Mudbox or ZBrush. Then the shading artist look develops it by procedurally creating the vector displacement for more details. So providing both Model Displacement and Vector Displacement allows this flexible workflow.
Hints on performance:
Objects are diced and displaced once during a render session. This means during interactive rendering, if you move more closely to displaced objects, you may see artifacts or poor dicing. If you re-render this will resolve from the new viewing location.
Should you need better quality from the render camera (at the correct location for your final frame) you may decrease the size of the polygons by adding, Micropolygon Length and reducing this number slowly (decreasing the size of the resulting polygons for finer details).