I am new to blender and I am trying to add a clay like material to an object in blender.
I tried using a material but I want the object to have a rough imperfect dull surface like play-doh. Is it even possible to do that?

  • $\begingroup$ Are you using Blender Internal renderer or Cycles? $\endgroup$
    – wchargin
    Nov 17, 2013 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, clay materials and "play-doh" materials are different. $\endgroup$
    – wchargin
    Nov 17, 2013 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ I am using Blender internal render $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2013 at 16:28

1 Answer 1


For a clay material, simply set the Specularity to 0:

Specular light disabled in Blender Internal Clay render in Blender Internal

If you want it to be more like "play-doh" you might want to raise the specular lighting by a bit (maybe to 0.1), but it will also be important to actually deform the model some. Play-doh shapes aren't perfectly smooth. I find that using a Voronoi texture on a Displace modifier, followed by a Cast to Sphere, works pretty well. Here's an exaggerated image and a more realistic image:

Exaggerated displacement More realistic displacement

Finally, here's the modifiers and texture setup I used:

Modifier setup Texture setup

  • $\begingroup$ this works but it tends to deform my objects i already made $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2013 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ @user2883800 Yes. That's the point. That's why I said that it's "important to actually deform the model some." Sometimes appearances are about more than just materials. If you don't want to deform at all just don't include Cast or Displace; if you want a different method, try a bump map. $\endgroup$
    – wchargin
    Nov 17, 2013 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ I found another way to create a clay surface and it is working well. Thank you for your help though. $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2013 at 2:59

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