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Materials

Materials describe the appearance of objects. Materials define how the object superficie is renderer and can have attached to them textures, colors, videos, etc.

Material types

There are various types of materials available inside nunuStudio. More information about material types can be found here. Here is a list of some of the most important material types:

The example bellow shows 4 different material types running, from the left to the right we have a Standard material, Phong material, Lambert material and a Basic Material, as we can se the Standard (PBR) and Phong materials are more detailed, the lambert material has basic light support (per vertex light calculation) and the basic material does not react to light.

Creating materials

Materials can be crated by clicking on the Material option in the resource explorer, and selecting the type of material desired.

After creating a material its possible edit its properties double clicking on top of it on the resource explorer, this will open a new material editor tab.

Inside the material editor its possible to change every material parameter, add textures, change colors, etc.

On the left side of the material editor there is a real time preview of the material applied to an object that can be moved using the mouse left button, its also possible to change the preview settings on the bottom section of the left side.

Textures

Materials can have textures attached to them, textures can be used to define the color of the material surface, but can also be used to define other properties of the material, like the roughness, metalness, normal vectors, etc.

To add a texture to a material its possible to drag a texture from the resource explorer or drag direcly a image or video file from the host to the desired place in the material editor. This will automatically create a new texture object and attach it to the material.

In this example we will explore a PBR based texturing set (using a StandardMaterial) to demonstrate how each type of texture affects the material. The following textures will be used:

The example bellow demonstrates how this different textures influence the material appearance, to try this example in the editor you can download the project file or open it on the Web Editor.

Applying materials

To apply a material to an object select the scene editor and drag the material from the resource explorer to the desired object.

Another way to create materials is by dragging an external image or video file direcly to a object in the scene explorer, this will create a Standard or Sprite material (depending on the object) automatically using the provided file as a texture.