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I'm new to blender and trying to fiddle with materials. However, in the materials panel, the volume section is missing.

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I'm using Cycles. Is there something more to enable somewhere ?

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    $\begingroup$ Just click Use Nodes button. Cycles use different materials than Blender Render. $\endgroup$
    – Photon
    Mar 3, 2016 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Photon can't believe it was that simple. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – superzamp
    Mar 3, 2016 at 15:20

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if you are using cycles you need to check the "use nodes" button in the screenshot above. once you have done that i suggest using the node editor to work with your materials instead of the properties panel shown in the image. if you need help using the node editor ask and i can help. i do not know much about volume shading in particular but i can help with nodes.

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