Materials v1.5

Civetta Bolide with 1.5 materials

Materials v1.5 have been introduced in version 0.23, and succeeds the classic materials (formerly known as Materials v1).

These represent the first approach of BeamNG.drive to PBR (Physically-Based Rendering), aiming to produce realistic and feature-complete materials.

Features

  • Metal-Roughness PBR workflow
    • Industry standard, fully compatible with texture authoring software such as Substance Designer/Painter, Quixel Mixer, etc.
  • Realistic paint
    • Fresnel, adjustable Metallic and Roughness, and support for Clear Coat and Clear Coat Roughness
  • Better, Faster than classic materials
    • New PBR texture maps allow to achieve better results than classic materials with fewer layers and hacks. Increased performance of multi-layer materials.

Switching version

Both v1.5 and v1 materials can be used at any time, and can be switched between through the Material Editor

Material version switch, located in the Material Editor Material version switch, located in the Material Editor

  • Use of Materials v1.5 is highly recommended. Not only they look better than the classic materials, but will guarantee that your content will be more future proof.
  • Recommended to use with the Texture Cooker

Texture Maps

PBR Materials make use of additional texture maps in order to produce physically correct materials.

Basic Texture Maps

Texture Map
Description
Format
Sample
Texture Map
BaseColor
Description
Diffuse color of the material
Format
RGBA
Sample
Texture Map
BaseColor Detail
Description
Additional color map which scale can be adjusted independently
Format
RGBA
Sample
Texture Map
Metallic
Description
Defines whether or not the material reacts to light like a metallic surface
Format
Grayscale
Sample
Texture Map
Normal
Description
Adds depth to the material by modifying how light reacts to the surface normals
Format
Normal
Sample
Texture Map
Normal Detail
Description
Additional normal map which scale can be adjusted independently
Format
Normal
Sample
Texture Map
Roughness
Description
The degree to which the surface scatters light, affects the sharpness of reflections and the size and intensity of specular highlights
Format
Grayscale
Sample
Texture Map
Opacity
Description
Defines which part of the surface are transparent. To be used with the Transparency options
Format
Grayscale
Sample
Texture Map
Ambient Occlusion
Description
Intensity of environmental light on the surface
Format
Grayscale
Sample

Advanced Texture Maps

Texture Map
Description
Format
Sample
Texture Map
Color Palette
Description
Assigns vehicle color presets 1, 2 and 3 according to the Red, Green and Blue components of the texture respectively. The PBR parameters of each color preset are multiplied over the existing corresponding PBR value in this layer
Format
RGB
Sample
Texture Map
Emissive
Description
Defines which parts of the material emit own light
Format
RGB
Sample
Texture Map
Clear Coat
Description
Controls the Clear Coat effect. Only use for vehicles, as it’s performance intensive
Format
Grayscale
Sample

Recommended guides

Physically-Based Rendering is a standard nowadays, which means there is plenty of interesting content in regards online that also apply back for BeamNG.drive’s v1.5 materials! Here are a few we recommend:

Page created: 11 June 2021, at 09:09
Last modified: 24 July 2021, at 10:20

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