So I downloaded a bunch of Cycles materials to use in Blender. However when I append them to the .blend file I want to use them in they don't look the same as in the original file.

For example here's one for water, in the original .blend file rendered it looks like this: enter image description here

But in a new .blend file with the material appended it looks like this:

enter image description here

Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? I've been searching the internet for answers for a long time but I just can't find any!

EDIT: It was probably unclear but yes the lighting is different in the second picture how the second picture is also opaque and has no roughness on it while the original is somewhat transparent and has bumps over the surface.

  • $\begingroup$ is the lighting different? $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jul 17, 2017 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ How can I tell? I feel like there's more to it than that though. The original material is somewhat transparent but the new one is completely opaque $\endgroup$ Jul 17, 2017 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ A material appearance doesn't depend on itself alone. The scene in which it is setup, lighting, environment, other objects influence it. $\endgroup$ Jul 17, 2017 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ I understand that but I don't think there are lights or anything like that set up in either of these. I can't figure out where the differences between the two are. And hints as to where I should try looking in there? $\endgroup$ Jul 17, 2017 at 19:01

1 Answer 1


I just had the same issue, you have to uncheck Ambient Occlusion in World tab

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