Working with Materials

The Material Library Panel

The material library can be found in the Library panel. To open the panel when it is hidden, use the Library button Library button in the toolbar.

Materials in the library are grouped into categories by types. To open the contents of a category, tap on its icon. The Favorites category can be used to gather materials that you are currently working with.

Library of materials

After importing an object, the program can create a temporary category called Imported. This category is used to store materials of imported objects. If you wish to use these materials later, copy them to a standard or custom category.

The search tool can help you find materials using keywords. To display the tool, scroll the preview area (showing either materials or categories) all the way down.

Material's Popup Menu

To open the popup menu, long-tap on a material. The menu includes these commands:

Actions Menu

To open the actions menu, tap on a gear icon at the top of the panel.

The basic menu includes these commands:

Extra commands that become available when materials are selected:

Customizing the Material Library

Commands from the actions menu can be used to customize the material library. You can create new categories, and copy and paste materials. This helps you create your own sets of materials which belong to particular projects, or which have particular properties.

Materials and categories that were added by the user can be cut or deleted. The standard materials, that are present in the library by default, cannot be deleted.

Creating New Materials

You can create a new material using a graphic file or photo as a texture.

To create a new material:

  1. Open a category that should store your material.
  2. Tap on the gear icon at the top of the Library panel and then choose Import Material from the menu. The Photos panel will pop up.
  3. Find an image you want to use as a texture. Using the Insert From button, you can navigate outside the Photos library and search in other locations such as iCloud Drive.
  4. Tap on an image to import it and create a new material.