Material Wizard is a high level shader editor Addon for Blender 2.8. While the internal shader editor is great, it is too fine grained in some areas. This is where Material Wizard has it’s strengths. By offering more complex nodes that suite for many common tasks, Material Wizard is a useful addition.
If node trees exceed a certain size, they become hard to manage. Finding the right Math Node that affects the saturation of a specific texture or change the PBR set in the middle of a material with multiple layers can be very frustrating and time consuming.
Besides that, the Shader Editor has very limited visual feedback, you often have so much nodes without a meaning, image textures can only be identified just by their mostly cryptic names.
These problems let me create Material Wizard, a Shader Editor with a higher level approach. PBR sets are now one unit, material properties like diffuse, metallic, roughness are a single connection. Effect maps (called Grunge Maps in Material Wizard) are an inherent part.
All those things packed in a custom node tree in the vibe of Everything Nodes that manages the details in the background for you. Need to find a setup to mix two normal maps on YouTube? No, just add the Mix Normal node. Switch UV setup of a complete PBR set from UV to Box, just a single click.
Please visit my website for more information! There is an extensive documentation with short videos showcasing it's unique features.
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