How can I create a simple scene setup that looks like material preview? I want to render the material preview (specifically the flat XY plane) in a higher resolution. I've tried to copy the setup in a Blender scene, but it doesn't look the same. Are there any addons or ways to export the material preview in any resolution?

Note that I need it to look exactly the same as the material preview.

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure how to get the scene, but you could increase the DPI in User preferences > System and take a screenshot. You can also zoom in on the preview by pressing and holding Ctrl MMB and sliding the cursor. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Dec 2, 2013 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ You can also make it full screen by pressing Ctrl+Up arrow over the panel. Here is the result of combining all these zooming methods. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Dec 2, 2013 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 can you post that as an answer? $\endgroup$
    – CharlesL
    Dec 2, 2013 at 20:04

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You can adjust the DPI, zoom in, and full screen the Materials panel to make it bigger, then take a screenshot.

  • Make the Properties editor full screen by hovering over it and pressing Ctrl

  • Increase the DPI in User preferences > System

  • Zoom in on the panel by holding CtrlMMB and dragging the cursor

Result: (click for full size)

Screenshot of preview

The obvious limitation being that you can't go larger than the maximum zoom, or larger than your monitor.

Get the blend:

Alternatively, you can download the blendfile from the GIT repo with your browser via Phabricator:

To download a file, go to the link above and click Download raw file on the right:

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Then click Download:

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The different preview scenes are on the following layers:

Layer 1: Flat XY plane

Layer 2: Sphere

Layer 3: Cube

Layer 4: Suzanne (Monkey)

Layer 5: World Sphere

Layer 11: (the first layer on the second row) Hair


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