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Offline monitorhero

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Bent/Curved Reflections on Flat Surfaces
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:21:36 am »
Hello Forum,

first post. A thing that has been driving me crazy lately is the fact that my reflections are bent in KS due to the mirror ball Environments.
How can I avoid that? In Blender for example I can use an HDRI and get straight reflections like the objects surrounding it for real.
It just breaks the realism of the object when my reflections on a flat surface are bent.

In my example I used the Dosch Apartment.

Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Greetings monitorhero

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Offline Will Gibbons

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Re: Bent/Curved Reflections on Flat Surfaces
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 11:58:37 am »
Try increasing the size of your environment.

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Re: Bent/Curved Reflections on Flat Surfaces
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 11:20:11 pm »
Thank you for the answer. But that only breaks the realism further since the closet seems tiny then compared to the Environment.
Is there any other way than rebuilding a whole room around it for correct reflections?

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Re: Bent/Curved Reflections on Flat Surfaces
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2018, 10:27:29 am »
So, I hear what you're saying.

The short answer is no as far as I know.

Other 'hacks' that you could try:
- You could try placing an image pin on the HDRI and distorting it to compensate for the spherical distortion of the HDRI.
- Or, you could take a nice, high-res image of the thing you want reflected in your product and place it on a plane that is set to emissive. Then position the plane in front of your model. You can make it 'invisible to camera' but still be reflected in the model.

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Re: Bent/Curved Reflections on Flat Surfaces
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2018, 12:50:07 am »
Thank you Will. The reflection plane is the method I will go with and read about already. Just wanted to ask if there might be another options.
Still thank you for the help.