I have a model from a previous version of Blender, and the more advanced material options are not available from the menu. If I do a "Load Factory Settings" then the new material options show, but not with the old model loaded. Can I get an old model to work with the new material options?

BTW: I'm looking to control the alpha channel.

Material Panel with old model

This is how it looks after "Load Factory Setting" enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Which options specifically are you missing? How are you trying to access them? $\endgroup$ Jul 10, 2018 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ All of the transparency options are gone. $\endgroup$
    – doby
    Jul 10, 2018 at 23:50
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    $\begingroup$ You are looking at the material settings of different render engines. Read: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/72868/… $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jul 11, 2018 at 16:35

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cegaton is correct. Thanks.

Now I have to figure out how to get access to the alpha channel in Cycles. Looks much harder.


  • $\begingroup$ if you are talking about the alpha of the overall material then all you need to do is add a Mix Shader and a Transparent Shader. $\endgroup$
    – rob
    Jul 12, 2018 at 8:58

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