I wanted to add a lamp to my scene. So I created a new scene (call it scene 2), designed a cool lamp using an emission material, and grouped it into a collection. Then I went back to my original scene (scene 1) and added an instance of that collection.

Cool - now I have a lamp in scene 1 and later I can add more of them. However, the lamp is not bright enough. So I would like to edit the material in the node editor, to make it more emissive and maybe fine tune the colour.

I can do that by switching to scene 2, but that's quite inconvenient, because I can't see the effect until I switch back to scene 1.

So my question is, how can I edit the material in the node editor while viewing scene 1? Is there a way?

  • $\begingroup$ Why don't you create your lamp and collection in scene 1? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Aug 26, 2023 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ @moonboots it just seemed like it would be more convenient to have a fresh scene to work in, without all the clutter of the scene I'm working on. $\endgroup$
    – N. Virgo
    Aug 26, 2023 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ You could work with the View Layers instead in order to easily switch from a collection visibility to another? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Aug 26, 2023 at 13:46

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I'm not sure that scenes are the best way, but if you want to easily switch from a visibility setting to another one, maybe you should use View Layers instead, it will allow you to enable or disable the collection(s) you want, depending on your needs:

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