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How can material assignments to a joined mesh be changed after the meshes are joined?


Example: Create a scene with a cube and sphere. Assign material #1 to the cube and material #2 to the sphere. Select the cube and the sphere, using crtl-J join the meshes. The result is shown below. enter image description here

The material panel for this joined object shows both materials. enter image description here

If edit mode is entered, the there is an assign, select, and deselect option, but its not clear how to use this to change the mesh material assignments. enter image description here

What is the procedure to change the material mesh assignment? For example, how is the red material assigned to one face of the cube?


Example blender file:

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  • $\begingroup$ When you are in edit mode, select the faces you want with the red material, then in the material tab select the red material and click the assign button, the faces which you had selected should have the material assigned now. $\endgroup$ – Firewill Jul 3 '17 at 2:04
  • $\begingroup$ Ah! Using the faces in edit mode does it. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Ed Tate Jul 3 '17 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ Ah I expected more complications! Im going to paste that comment into an answer so you can properly close this question. $\endgroup$ – Firewill Jul 3 '17 at 3:12
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When you are in edit mode, select the faces you want with the red material, then in the material tab select the red material and click the assign button, the faces which you had selected should have the material assigned now.

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