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Cinema 4D Beginner's Guide by Jen Rizzo

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Understanding material channels

The Materials Manager can be found underneath the Viewport in Cinema's Standard Layout. If you navigate to Create | New Material (or double-click anywhere in the Materials Manager), a box will pop up that contains a light gray sphere and is titled Mat, as follows:

Understanding material channels

This sphere represents our new material. You can change the sphere to a different shape such as a cube, torus, or flat shape by selecting a material and right-clicking on its icon in the Attributes Manager. Since not all materials in a scene will just be applied to spheres, it can be helpful to represent certain materials on a more appropriate shape. The ...

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