View Full Version : Materials question

05 May 2008, 04:18 AM
Okay, first off, can someone here recommend some material properties for glass, metal, plastic, etc?

The other thing im wondering about is this... I only have one material in my shader tree, how would I create another? Is it possible to change the tag of the base material?

EDIT : Are the GI settings in the shader tree only visible under certain conditions? They were there for a seocnd and now when i click on my base material, they are gone. :curious:

05 May 2008, 11:01 AM
I dont have Modo infront of me so I dont quite remember but to see the GI setting you have to select the render node not the base material .. or could it be the environment node.

To create another material in the shader treen just press M and create a new name .. I think you might have to select some polys to do it.

go to .. plenty of preset materials there. glass etc

05 May 2008, 11:04 AM
Select a few polys, press 'm' to set material, give it a name. The new material will appear in the shader tree.

The tabs in the render properties (such as global illumination) change depending on what is selected. To get the GI tab back, just click on the Render text at the top of the shader tree.

Try loading some of the sample content and look at the material settings for things like glass and metal. Tweak these settings to see what each parameter does.

Check out ( for training vids.

Good luck.

edit: too slow!

05 May 2008, 02:53 AM
At there is a library of 90 some materials contained in one file that unzip and install automatically into Modo. There are all types of glass, metals, plastics, etc. They're great and free. It's called the Null Preset library. It even works on the 30 day Modo trial which is where I used it.

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