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This tab contains settings that control environment of the scene (scattering, haze, etc.). You can create some presets and smoothly combine them by specifying the intensity of the certain preset, thus producing new environments.
The environment cubemap is tweaked in the Rendering panel -> Environment tab. The scattering can have up to 3 separate settings presets that can be blended by the Preset intensity scroll bars.
Presets work as layers: the first preset will overlay the zero one, the second will overlay the first and the zero ones. For example, you can set the zero preset for the clean and clear sky, set the first preset for the cloudy sky and lerp them smoothly.
Scaterring LUT Settings
All the presets settings are identical. The scattering versatility is achieved mostly because of the scattering LUT textures.
A texture defining the base color of the sky. The texture means the following:
- Left to right: the position of the sun above the surface (time of day).
- Top to down: the gradient of the sun.
At the example below, when sun's angle is 90 degrees (right in the middle of gradient), the sky's top is blue, the horizon is yellow, the sky below the horizon is brown.
A texture (for both sun and moon) for setting the Mie light (the color of the light round the sun).
A texture defining the color of the LightWorld for different times of day. The texture means the following:
- Top to down: the WorldLight's angle of slope.
Left to right texture direction doesn't matter, so you can use the texture 1×512 (width to height) pixels in size.
A one-channel mask imitating lighting and reflections from the landscape. It is required because lighting and reflections are generated based only on scattering, world objects influence is not calculated.
A color of the imitated landscape (for example, green for the forest, brown for the desert).
Environment settings are required for creating environment by means of panorama (cubemap). Besides, this texture is used for imitating landscape reflections and lighting in accordance with the ground mask.
|Texture||A cubemap defining the environment color.|
|Color||The environment color multiplier, where alpha defines the visibility of a cubemap above scattering. This parameter is required when you need to display a sky with a photo texture and dynamic gradients at the same time.|
This group of parameters set the atmosphere haze. It automatically uses the color from the scattering LUTs, so objects smoothly fade into the distance without any artifacts.
The haze is controlled by the render_haze console command:
- 0 — disables the haze.
With this mode on, performance is slightly increased.
- 1 — uses the haze color from the color parameter.
- 2 — uses the color from the sky LUTs (recommended for better realism).