Thin Walled

Thin Walled can also provide the effect of a translucent object being lit from behind (the shading point is 'lit' by the specified fraction of the light hitting the reverse of the object at that point). It is recommended that this only be used with thin objects (single sided geometry) as objects with thickness may render incorrectly.  


Thin Walled is ideal for thin (single sided) objects, like bubbles for example.

Thin-Walled Translucency

The appearance of this effect is like a thin sheet of paper letting some light through to the back side.

  • For diffuse surfaces such as paper, enable Thin Walled and set Subsurface Weight to, for example, 0.5 to have half the light reflected and half transmitted.

In certain situations Thin Walled may work fine with thickness. However, you should ensure that the Diffuse Ray Depth level is above 1 when using Thin Walled with objects that have thickness.


Controls the degree to which light is not allowed to travel through it. Unlike Transmission, whereby the material still considers diffuse, specular, etc., opacity will affect the entire shader. Useful for retaining the shadow definition of an object, while making the object itself invisible to the camera.

You must ensure that Opaque is disabled for the mesh that the Standard Surface shader is assigned to when using Opacity.

Checker map connected to Opacity

Anisotropy Tangent

Lets you specify a custom tangent for specular anisotropic shading. For example, if the mesh has tangent user data, that could be linked here.



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