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Distance To Nearest Surface Node not working, only returns 0. Need fix!

The mental pain is real.... I've been trying to get what I thought was a simple effect going in a material, but no matter what I do, nothing works. All I want to do is to use the distance-to-nearest-surface node in a water shader, but it only ever returns 0. I'm losing my mind as to why this isn't working.

My graph is literally just absolute world position -> distance to nearest surface -> divide by 100 -> lerp between red and blue -> base color output. I don't know what else I should be doing, as this is even what the documentation says should be working. Anyone know what I need to fix?

Goal: make some water that looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/SoW7H2n.gif

Product Version: UE 4.15
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asked May 01 '17 at 01:49 AM in Rendering

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avatar image DHelmsman May 21 '17 at 12:25 AM

Having a similar problem.

avatar image pete78clark Apr 13 '18 at 10:28 AM

Did you get anywhere with this? I've looking at something very similar just now and running into the same issues.

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Distance to nearest surfase is distance field function, so, to use it, make sure that "generate distance field" enabled in your project.

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answered May 21 '17 at 04:10 AM

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have you tried putting your engine scalability to "epic"? Distance to nearest surface only works on epic resolution.

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answered Jul 25 '17 at 07:38 PM

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Distance Fields are disabled for computers with Intel Graphics Cards because it causes them to hang, I had trouble with this as well but I looked at the official documentation and there it said what I just told you. If you have an Intel Graphics Card then the problem is likely your computer and not your code or the software itself.

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answered Jun 08 '18 at 09:05 PM

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shadows setting needs to be set minimum to high for me to see effect

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