Render Engine set to Cycles.

For Meshes their diffuse colour is shown in 3d viewport when the Viewport Shading mode is set to Material. Curves do not do this, is there any way to turn this on for Curve objects too? For example below, the silver-grey tubes are Curves and I'd expect them to show the diffuse of the materials assigned to them (black, orange, and blue).

Viewport Shading: Materials enter image description here

Renders like this, this is OK, and so is live Viewport rendering: enter image description here

The problem is Curves aren't showing their colour, instead a default grey. It doesn't matter which cycles shader-type is used. enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ difficult to understand what you're asking. did you want to see in your viewport, what you are seeing in your render? $\endgroup$ Commented May 20, 2015 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ Works for me with cycles and BI, see: i.sstatic.net/WsrVM.png, maybe you overwrite the color with a viewport color? $\endgroup$
    – p2or
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Same thing, also for Viewport Material Shading: i.sstatic.net/IpHmi.png $\endgroup$
    – p2or
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ Whenever using nodes, viewport color is independent from Diffuse Color, to preview your color in the Material Preview, copy the value in the Viewport Color slot as shown above $\endgroup$
    – p2or
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 14:32
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks poor I get it now, i had never seen that Settings panel, i'm just a nodes guy :) $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 14:39

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This appears to be fixed in recent builds,


I use Nodes for materials exclusively, and wasn't aware there was an independent Settings panel for the Viewport shading color.

1 and 2 are independent, and unlike Objects which are Meshes, the colour isn't automatic.

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Here the spheres are Mesh based Objects.

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here the blend

  • $\begingroup$ Since when has the color been automatic for mesh objects? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ Not in 2.74.. Do you perhaps have some addon doing that? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 5:24
  • $\begingroup$ Hrm.. BI will do this, but cycles never has for me..? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 5:38
  • $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 5:45

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