Create a penny floor with this texture

Create a penny floor with this texture

Today I came across a great idea on Google+: Use coins as flooring - preferably one cent pieces (that are even taken out of circulation in some places). With a bit of resin on top, this ingenious flooring solution adds sparkle and a wonderful warm glow to a room.While adding this to a real floor should be pretty labor intensive, as it turns out, creating a texture for rendering proved quite easy. You can grab the diffuse texture as well as the bump map from my flickr pages by clicking on the images below and then use them in your own projects.And here are the material settings for Twilight Renderer:The texture repeats a bit, so make sure you adjust its rotation a bit to remove that effect. Also, you might want to add the bump texture into the reflection channel to only have the pennies reflect....
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Free materials and environments available

I just published a page (under the book companion pages) called "Freebies" where I am giving stuff away!At this point, this page features texture images and spherical environments, which you can use for your SketchUp renderings. All of them are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Therefore, feel free to use any of them in your (personal and commercial) projects.Although the environments are only LDR (not HDR) and most textures don't tile, they can be very useful as the rendering above this text shows.Keep checking the Freebies page (or my Flickr sets) often as I will be adding material regularly....
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