Adding materials assets

Adding a new material

Using the Assets panel of the Editor, there are multiple tabs available. In these tabs, the Materials tab will allow to manage materials of the scene:

  • Add a standard material (StandardMaterial of Babylon.JS)
  • Add a PBR material (PBRMaterial of Babylon.JS)
  • Add a node material (NodeMaterial of Babylon.JS)
  • Add a node material from a preset (NodeMaterial of Babylon.JS)
  • Load an existing preset (previously saved)

To add a new material, simply click the button Add in the toolbar of the assets panel and select the type of material to create and give it a name. Then, press enter to validate the name.

For example a standard material:


Examining a material

As for meshes, the assets can be double clicked. A new window will open with the Babylon.JS Inspector focus by default on the material.


Editing a material

To edit a material, just click the asset and the inspector of the Editor will be updated with the material's properties. Just edit the properties and changes will occur on all meshes that have the material assigned in the scene, including the preview of the material in the assets panel:

For example, editing the diffuse color:


Assigning the material to a mesh

To assign a material to a mesh, simply drag'n'drop the asset on a mesh in the scene. Once assigned, the inspector of the Editor will now show a tab named "Material" when we select the mesh that has the material assigned. The material can now be edited event if the selected object is the mesh itself.

note: When editing a material, the result will be rendered in realtime in the preview but will be deferred in the assets panel.


Adding a node material from a snippet id

Since the NodeMaterial material of Babylon.JS exists, artists and developers can share their creations using the Node Material Editor: To share their creations they can save the node materials they created on a server and share directly the link that contains the Id of the snippet. For example:

In the Editor, we can load these snippets directly by providing the Id of the snippet to add. It'll then load the material's configuration and copy it locally:


Saving a material preset

To save a material preset (material that will be typically reused in multiple projects), just right click the material in the assets panel and select Save Material Preset....

A preset is a ZIP file that contains the material's properties and its textures files. Once saved, we'll be able to add this configured material in another project:

Saving preset


Loading from a preset