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I am unable to get a material to appear on a plane which I'm working on. I new to blender and followed the steps of most tutorial. In most cases, selecting a certain colour automatically applies to the object but mine does not seem to work that way. I have tried selecting all vertices in edit mode and assigning it but that does not work as well.

Any advice on why this occurs will be greatly appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Materials aren't displayed in solid view. If you switch to material or rendered shading, does it appear? (Shift Z in the 3D view) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean that you don't see color change in 3D view? But you should see it when you render it $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 8:32
  • $\begingroup$ I'm following this guide - cgi.tutsplus.com/tutorials/…. In his example, the colour shows even in edit mode. $\endgroup$
    – user4985
    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ That is because he uses Blender Render and you use Cycles Render $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2015 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, that did it. Must have clicked it by accident. Appreciate it. $\endgroup$
    – user4985
    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:20

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In Blender Render the color in 3D view changes when you change material, but in Cycles Render you will only see the material change when Rendered. So when you change material in Cycles Render you don't see color change in 3D vieuw, unless you explicitly change the viewport color in the materials settings in Cycles Render


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