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I am a complete beginner. So, I might be dumb - sorry!

I made a 3D model. Now, I want to work on its surface - which lead me to materials and shaders. So, I added a material and then opened the Node Editor. I pressed Shift+A to add a shader and I got the following:

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There is no Shader in the list. So, could you please tell me how to get it?

The Blender version I am using is 2.79b


marked as duplicate by Duarte Farrajota Ramos Jun 5 at 15:41

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First, make sure you are using cycles.

On the info window enter image description here

select cycles as the render engine

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Then go to the node editor. Without any addons, the Node Editor can be used in three different modes:

node editor header

You are looking at the compositor nodes.

Click on the materials button in the Node Editor header.

Also make sure the Use nodes box is checked.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much ! :) $\endgroup$ – Ajmal V Aliyar Jun 5 at 16:19

Seems like you are attempting to follow a Cycles tutorial, but you are using Blender Render.

In the Info editor (the bar at the very top), choose Cycles Render instead of Blender Render.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer. I was using the Blender Renderer. $\endgroup$ – Ajmal V Aliyar Jun 5 at 16:20

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