Before exploring materials it is worth examining what type of objects need what type of materials. Materials for infrastructure and environmental projects include surfaces (tarmac, paving, bricks, mulch, grass etc), edges (surface edge details, kerbs, coping for walls, steps etc) and objects (benches, lighting columns, litter bins, houses etc).
Most of these objects use the Standard type material. This material contains parameters that allow you to create many effects for paint, plastic, basic glass and alter properties such as the self illumination and transparancy with just the shader parameters (explained below) alone. Or 'procedural' maps or 'image' maps can be added to the material for an increased variety of effects. Multi / Sub-Object materials hold a number of separate sub-materials for use on objects such as lighting columns. Multi / Sub-Object materials are used on these objects because they are made of different elements requiring separate materials assigned to each part. Any loft object used for edges will have its material mapping (how the map within the material is positioned on the object) edited on the Modify Panel in the Loft parameters
The following tutorials focusing on materials look at the main types of materials for infrastructure and environmental work and explain the basic steps for creating and assigning materials to different types of objects in the scene
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Standard none mapped materials are suitable for paint, plastics, metal, basic glass type objects. By choosing the correct shader, the most suitable parameters can be used to create the most appropriate effects. In this exercise you will create and apply paint and metal materials to bollards and litter bins
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