Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Revit Advanced Materials - Base Material Templates

The new Revit advanced materials are based on PBR shaders, which is what modern rendering engines utilize. Understanding all the related options in Revit can be a bit challenging, as there is no easy way to switch between appearance assets in Revit (watch the comments below for a link to a Revit Idea on this from my good friend Pieter:)).

In this post I will share a fundamental tip in understanding this newer option in Revit. It has to do with the provided "base material" templates...

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In the image above, notice the five Base Materials which are all based on the newer advanced materials. These are the five fundamental shaders Revit provides and are collectively called  "advanced materials"

All of the provided advanced materials, such as carpet, brick, metal, etc., are all based on one of these five shader types. If you want to create a custom PBR material, you can duplicate an existing material (and its appearance asset type) and modify it. Or. you can create a new material from scratch using the + icon at the bottom of the Material Browser dialog, and then use the "replace asset" icon on the Appearance tab, and select one  of the options shown above.

Below are the default settings when using one of the base materials. For fun, I also rendered each in both Enscape and Revit; the latter is the smaller image. They can all be modified significantly to look much much better. For example: A Quick Look at Revit 2019 Advanced Materials.

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