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Creating a mirror with unlimited reflections in 3dsmax

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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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Setting up the scene with flat mirrors can be interesting but you cannot create an animation as they fail to reflect their own reflections.

To create a multiple reflection scene, what can be done? Before proceeding further, let me tell you that the people who have a low end system must follow the further steps at there own risk. Now let's make the material and the scene.


  1. Select an empty slot.
  2. Change the Ambient and diffuse colour to black and specular to white.
  3. In maps, apply Raytrace to the reflection map with reflection value set to 100.

  1. It's a bit tricky. Create a frame for the glass.
  2. Now create a plane over the frame that is going to be used as the glass.
  3. Apply the material to the plane. (You can also use a multi sub object material to create the complete assembly).
  4. Make a clone of the complete mirror setup and place it in front of the old one. Create any object between the two mirrors, let's say, a teapot on a box.
  5. Adjust the camera angle to render.
  6. I placed a skylight with intensity 1.5 and light tracer left on. Even without any light in the scene, it is going to work.
    Render the scene.

This mirror is much superior in performance, over the flat mirror. The flat mirror can be only applied to the flat surfaces, but this mirror can be applied to any kind of geometry, even complex mesh objects such as automobiles, characters and even to NURBS objects. If you have noticed rivets or spoons, they have a kind of bloated reflection. The material will solve the issue of creating such reflection as well. So enjoy your new mirror and feel free to contact me for queries at Please critic this tutorial. Your suggestions are most welcome.

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