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  • DAZ Studio 3.0 Advanced feature

What is Shader Builder ?

Shader Builder is a plugin for DAZ Studio 3.x that provides a data flow diagram (aka shader graph) type of visual development environment for generating RenderMan® Shading Language (RSL) shaders. The intended audience for this tool is a [aspiring] shader developer, being someone who is familiar with or wants to become familiar with RSL and the shader development process. The goal of Shader Builder is to make the process of creating RSL shaders and the scripts that build the interface between them and DAZ Studio, easier and less prone to syntactical errors.

What does it do?

Aside from providing a visual means of constructing RSL shaders, Shader Builder ultimately generates a compiled shader (i.e. *.sdl - for the 'current' version of the 3Delight renderer) and the appropriate scripts (*.dsa) that connect it to DAZ Studio. It allows you to visually define any of the 5 RenderMan shader types (Surface, Displacement/Bump, Light, Volume, and Imager) and that shader's interface to the user, whether that be yourself, or your customer.

More Information: RenderMan Shading Language



  • The RenderMan Companion: A Programmer's Guide to Realistic Computer Graphics, Steve Upstill, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-50868-0
  • Advanced RenderMan: Creating CGI for Motion Pictures, Anthony Apodaca, Larry Gritz, Morgan Kaufmann, ISBN 1-55860-618-1
  • Rendering for Beginners: Image synthesis using RenderMan, Saty Raghavachary, Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-51935-3
  • The RenderMan Shading Language Guide, Rudy Cortes, Saty Raghavachary, Course Technology PTR, ISBN 1-598-63286-8

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