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Meta Material Library Released

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materials_page1.jpgBrendon Murphy [Meta-Androcto] has released a 'meta material library' in which he has collected over 480 materials and textures and he's planning for 160 more. It is a monster collection of several material libraries that have been released so far and it's well worth checking out.

Brendon is still looking for more additions such as in the 'Special Effects' category. If you have something to share, be sure to check out this thread on BlenderArtists.org.

Also note, that Brendon is doing the proper thing by giving credit to everyone who's work is included. He's still searching for some contributors, so if you spot something that's yours, get in touch with him and it'll be fixed.

The only crit I can think of is that there's no easy to use index yet. Even though Brendon has included several scenes that line up the different materials, a collection of renders with the material names would be a great help to select the material that you need! (Of course, if would be even cooler if Blender had an option to browse materials by preview ;-)

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

26 Comments

  1. (Of course, if would be even cooler if Blender had an option to browse materials by preview ;-)
    Blender already does that, I guess you mean a bigger preview :-)

    An idea might be to link/copy a material from one object, say a sphere in a locked layer 20 from a split screen, to another object.... Wait, blender does also do that!

  2. @Joeri: "Blender already does that, I guess you mean a bigger preview :-)"

    Really? What I meant is a screen like the imagebrowser, that will show you thumbnails of all the materials that you have in your scene.

  3. *lol* When I read it, I first thought, you're talking about Meta-Materials xD
    Anyway: Very nice and useful ;)

  4. Do i have to register in filefactory to downlad ?

    Because i click the link and then , the page pops up , but i dont see any download icon , or i dont see where do i have to click to download.

  5. There used to be the Blender Library script that could have been quite useful for previews etc... but I'm not sure what happend to it :(

    -epat.

  6. Great! Hey, would be even better if the materials had some meaningfull names, that would also logically group them (e.g. all woord start with wood, all metals start with metal, construction materials with something else etc....). Sort of naming convenion....
    As for the previews browser... how about do it on the web, so one can also search for them. I've seen something there but there was very few materials...
    I'd love to help if you let me know how...

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