FooZe wrote:Hi archigrafix,
Sorry for the late reply.
Yes, IOR can be used to do this. But the plus side of using a glossy material with fresnel/falloff is that it is more controllable, and does not effect the appearance of the scene through it.
This is a very good thing when using opacity to allow some rays straight though for lighting and casting shadows inside the room. At the moment due to limitations, light will still be "stopped" by the specular material, even if it has full transmittance. Hence the use of opacity to let rays straight through as if the glass was not there.
If you were to use a specular material with IOR and some opacity you would see some strange doubling up of the scene behind the glass. (one for the straight through rays from the opacity, and another from the rays that are effected by the IOR on passing though the specular material).
The glossy material with falloff controlled opacity and full reflection make for a simple, fast and easy solution.
FooZe wrote:In the latest versions you can use the "fake shadows" option on the specular materials to "let light through" easily.
Have a go and you will see what it does. It will pay attention to the materials transmission and also the IOR in a limited way.
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