Gradient colors and materials have been trending in 3D design for a while now. If this article were an ode to gradient colors, we would have to start with the blue sky above us. Maybe that’s why we love it so much. Yeah, everything looks awesome in gradient colors - from abstract art with pretty gradient backgrounds to game design. Remember the Monument Valley game? It is a gradient masterpiece.
We are happy to introduce a new set of gradient materials in our gallery. Designers have been using gradient in Adobe Illustrator for years to achieve that mesmerizing 3D design effect. Now imagine what you can do with it in 3D design.
How to set a gradient material
- Open Vectary.
- Drag and drop objects from the Objects library, import your 3D model or create your own design from scratch.
- Click Materials in the Objects library menu and search for a gradient.
- Now drag and drop the material on the objects.
- Sometimes the gradient is not properly distributed. You can fix this with UV mapping in the side menu. Click on different types of mapping to find the best one for your design.
- Add lights and then click the Render button.
- Export your design as a PNG file.
- Share your design.
There's also another way to achieve that special gradient look: with color lights!
Drop a light from the Objects library. In the Objects list (shortcut Shift+O) click the light that you want to edit and change its intensity and color in the panel on the right.
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Change the materials on imported assets or on your own mesh models by simply dragging the materials from the Library onto the object or group on the scene.