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Questions pertaining to creating materials for Blender Internal and Cycles. Materials are used to define the way an object will interact with light for rendering.

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Add different materials to different parts of a mesh?

How do you add more than one material to a mesh? I have tried adding two materials to the object, and then assigning one of the materials to a vertex-group, but I could not find a place to assign it....
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How can I remove all unused materials from a .blend file?

I'm testing different materials in the same object, and finally the file has a lot of unnecessary material, is there any command that performs the cleaning of these materials automatically? in short, ...
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Creating a Black Hole in Blender

I recently saw the film Interstellar and it was fantastic! The effects blew me away and it got me in the mood to try and re create the black hole, however I haven't been able to find any information ...
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How do I create repeating patterns with cycles' procedural textures

Most people's question in this area is how to reduce repeating patterns, however I want to create them. I'm creating 2d rendered tiles for my game, and I want to create procedural materials for my ...
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How can I create a water material in Cycles?

I'm creating a scene with large amounts of water that will be readily visible, containing refraction and at various angles. The scene is an indoor long-course swimming pool, about 50 meters, all of ...
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Copy material to another object?

I saw a video where the person copied a material from one object to another (Cycles). How can I accomplish this?
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How to create a mirror shader?

I would like to know how to create a physically correct mirror material in cycles. How can that be achieved as realistic as possible? From Wikipedia: Mirrors are manufactured by applying a ...
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How to blur a texture node in cycles material?

For a Cycles material I need to blur a texture. If the texture where a Texture Image node, I can blur the image before adding it but in my case I need to blur a Voronoi Texture and so I can't do it. ...
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Iridescence In Cycles?

Is it possible to create an iridescence shader in Cycles? Specifically for something like DVDs, soap bubbles, engine oil, etc..
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Control Cycles/Eevee material nodes and material properties using python?

How can I define the different properties of an Cycles/Eevee material? Such things as glossy, glass, diffuse, RGB-color, emissive via python scripting?
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How do I convert materials from Blender Internal to Cycles?

I know this may be a tough or confusing question, but I have numerous existing materials I created and reuse for a project, which were all prepared for Blender Internal. Now, I want to start the ...
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How can I make a material only apply to a side of a plane?

How could a one-sided material be achieved with the Cycles renderer? I would like to create a plane that is completely transparent from one side, and a mirror from the other side. It would be cool ...
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How to assign a new material to an object in the scene from Python?

How can I assign a new material to an object in the scene via Python?
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Any good free materials libraries online? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there's any addons or online libraries of materials I can download. I've found one called online_mat_lib, but then discovered it was from 2008 and ...
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Is there really a way to make a true toon shader material in Cycles?

Is there a way to make a true toon shader material in Cycles? Here's, in order of importance, what would be ideal to find in such a shader: Must use Cycles Must be an actual shader Must not rely on ...
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Cause of black artifacts in render?

I was following this tutorial on creating a watch and noticed that when I rendered the watch, some pieces were messed up. I'm new to 3D modeling and I've just learned Blender, I can't explain it well,...
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How can I create a convincing sea material in Cycles without using the ocean modifier?

I'm trying to render a sea scene animation, but using the ocean modifier and huge subdivisions isn't feasible due to the large scale. Luckily it's a calm sea and seen from quite a distance, but there ...
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How do I create a reflective white material?

I'm pretty new to this and this is my first question here, any help would be greatly appreciated. So basically what I want to achieve is a floor material as seen in this photo... ...the reflections ...
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Make a gold reflective object

Brand new to blender, and I'm trying to make a metallic object that is reflective. There are lots of tutorials on youtube, however none of them are compatible with blender 2.71 with the cycles render....
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How to make a "reflective tape" material in cycles?

How can I make a cycles material that gets very bright when a light is shown on it, yet still has normal colors? I'm talking about the "Retroreflective sheeting" that can be seen on road signs, the ...
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How to Construct a Diamond or Other Gemstone Material in Cycles

What would be the material or shaders node set up for a smooth gem in blender cycles engine? I want a result similar to this image:
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What is the difference between the displace socket and a bump map?

Aside from the fact that you can control the bump mapping per shader with a bump node, are there any differences between these materials? As far as I can tell, they are the same. Is the displacement ...
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What is Dot Product?

I am doing this Blenderguru tutorial on Making Fire and at some point he is adding the Vector Math node Dot Product to his material. And he says that he does not understand what he is doing but this ...
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Can I delete all materials of all objects in a scene quickly?

Is there a quick way to delete all materials in the scene? I have a scene containing 20+ materials and all linked to objects. I'd like to remove all the materials from my blender file.
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Blurring/Feathering a Procedural Pointiness Mask

I'm trying to create a procedural mask to affect the sharp edges of my model using the Pointiness output from the Geometry node, ...
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How do I emit light from inside a object?

I need to know how to make the buttons in my blender project look the same as in this photo. Mine all look pale, even with the emission material. Is there anyway I can get my buttons like this?
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Difference between Add Shader and Mix Shader?

What's the difference between Add Shader and Mix Shader nodes with the Cycles rendering engine? I know that Mix Shader gives you more control over the material ratio, of course, but are there any ...
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Cycles: Shadeless "Shadow-catcher" Material for Rendering onto Footage

I am superimposing CGI over video footage, and have run into a problem in making materials for objects that act as 'shadow catchers'. Essentially I want a shader that is shadeless—like an emitter—but ...
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Planet texture generator

What cross-platform (or cross-browser) resources are available to help make texture maps for generating beautiful planetary images using Blender (Cycles)? Ideally, these would include: Terrain maps (...
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Scientific Illustration: Non-photorealistic rendering of sparse wireframe with dashed/dotted lines for backfacing areas - Blender 2.80

I'm interested in creating a material that gives this end result: I'm studying the possibility to use Blender as a tool for scientific education in pure mathematics. The idea is that the material ...
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Add a transparent image on top of a material [duplicate]

I'm designing this animal-type creature, and want to add a transparent .png image to its face with the face features (object has a subsurf). On the left is the image with the features, on the right is ...
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Control a property with no socket (color ramp swatch, etc) from a Group Node input?

Sometimes I create Material Groups to be used as appendable reusable assets. Unfortunately sometimes parameters I want to control using a Group Node's slider are not available for routing to a Group ...
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How to create a procedural chevron like texture/material?

I'm playing around with nodes within cycles and I'd love to create a chevron like texture like the image below. Anyone an idea how to accomplish this?
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How to change hair color along length of strand?

At some point (not right away), I'll be wanting to make a character model which has multicolor hair. Namely, it will be one color closer to the roots, and another color closer to the tips. Is there ...
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How can I make a more realistic glass shader? [duplicate]

Here's a sample scene: A room with a window, a point light to project light into the room, an HDR environment outside the room and a nice Image by Rembrandt that should be somewhat reflected on the ...
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How to understand the math behind Andrew Price's embedding his beer within his glass

I just watched the Blender Guru video How to Make a Beer in Blender and stopped at the point where it advises us to make the liquid slightly larger in diameter than the inner diameter of the glass - ...
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How do I colour a 3D terrain based on its height?

How do I colour a 3D terrain based on the height? Say, bottom green, and gradually to brown in the middle and white at the top. When I use colour ramp node, I can see gradient colour across the 3d ...
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fluid in a glass

I am at beginner level. One of the projects I am doing is to create a glass with fluid. Like a glass of water or a glass of wine. Now I can find quite some tutorials on how to create the glass, but ...
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Texture vs. Material vs. Shader

I'm working my way through a Blender online course. Sometimes the word material is used, other times it is a texture or a shader. I feel like all three of these words, while related, have a ...
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How can I make a copy of a material?

I want to create a new material based on an existing material. For that a need a copy of the existing material as a starting point. How can I make such a copy?
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How can I convert a node made material into an image texture?

I have a sphere having a planet material MADE WITH NODES, and I want to convert this material into an image texture; because this material is made with nodes and only works in Blender, but I want to ...
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How to know which object is using a material

How to know which object is using a material. I know that a material is used 4 time -> picture under: I'm searching a solution with python and I'm blocked here : ...
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How to create clear plastic? (Cycles)

I am trying to make a clear plastic material. Here is what I have. I am looking for something more like this. (but darker) Everything I try looks more like glass than plastic. I have tried ...
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Cycles Materials Math node with more than two inputs

Are there any mods that allow Math nodes to accept more than just two inputs? I regularly find myself wanting to, say, get the Maximum value from multiple inputs and end up having to chain multiple ...
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How to render a mesh transparent with a color on its edges only, with nodes?

I would like to have my object transparent, with a color only on the edges, would someone know how to do this? I am starting with the nodes, if anyone can help with some guidelines I would really ...
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Using a Normal map together with a Bump map

I've been stressing these days searching for a video on using a Normal map with a Bump map, but I haven't found something good. Some suggest connecting the Bump input into the Displacement output and ...
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Custom fresnel curve

When it comes to recreating the shading of metals like chromium with such extreme reflection curves it's obviously inaccurate using one averaged reflectance curve. Also eye-balling the values appears ...
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Export cycles material to unity

I have been experiencing an issue that once I have a material created and looking the way I want it, I cannot seem to export it correctly with the textures mixed. I don't know the correct words to ...
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How to build a Shader for Anodized Aluminium

I have modelled this smart phone based on Iphone 6 reference images. The rendered image of the back of the phone looks like this: If I look at real life images of this "Iphone 6 Space Gray" I feel ...
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What is the difference between Translucency and Transparency?

I have been wondering this for a while. What is exactly the difference between a translucency shader and a transparency shader?
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