Is there a directory or path that you need to follow to access the folder with all of Blender's default matcaps in? If so then is it possible throw in new matcaps?

I'm using Windows 10.

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    $\begingroup$ As for now, Blender's matcap feature is hard-coded, so it's not possible to add new matcaps or change the existing ones w/o digging through the code and recompiling it. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 11:06
  • $\begingroup$ Still curious where those matcaps are looked (original question). Is there a directory in the source someplace? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 22:15

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You can't add matcaps in blender 2.79 or lower, as in the release notes of Blender 2.66 (March 6th, 2013) it read:

Currently a set of 24 (GPL licensed) Matcaps have been compiled into Blender.


Loading own matcap image files will be added later. That needs design and code work to get it stable and memory-friendly.

6 June 2018: This option has been added to the development version of Blender 2.8 as shown in this youtube preview by the Blender Developers


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