## Introduction

The "camo" shader creates a pseudo-random tri-color camouflage pattern on the object using a fractal noise pattern. This is a procedural shader based upon a fractal noise function known as fractional brownian motion or fBm.

The fractal noise function produces a pseudo-random number in the range `[-1.0 …​ 1.0]` from the 3-space coordinates of a point in the bounding volume of the region. This noise value is used to determine the color of the object at the given location.

Noise Value Object Color

nv < thresh1

color 1

nv < thresh1 and nv < thresh2

color 2

nv > thresh2

color 3

The fractal pattern has infinite resolution. As a result, the borders of the color splashes never become pixelated, no mater how close the eyepoint is to the surface.

parameter Abbreviation Default Value

Noise Parameters

lacunarity

l

2.1753974

H

H

1.0

octaves

o

4.0

size

s

1.0

vscale

v

1.0/1.0/1.0

delta

d

1000/1000/1000

thresh1

t1

-0.25

thresh2

t2

0.25

color1

c1

97/74/41

color2

c2

26/77/10

color3

c3

38/38/38

Lacunarity

The grid on which the noise function is built is scaled by this value for each successive octave of noise which will be combined to produce the final result.

Octaves

The number of times the noise grid will be scaled and recombined to produce the final noise function

Size, Vscale

If size is set it is used as a scalar which defines the size of the noise grid on the object. So if t2=0.5 and size=5mm then splotches of color3 would tend to be no larger than 5-10mm. If non-uniform scaling is required, Vscale can specify the grid size in X, Y and Z.

Delta

This specifies a translation in noise space for the origin of region space. Since the origin of noise space is reflected 8 ways, it is undesirable to have that portion of noise space overlap with region space.

## Limitations

Because of the continuous nature of the fractal noise space, it is impossible to get a splash of color1 directly adjacent to a splash of color3.