**Filament Materials Guide** ![](images/filament_logo.png) # About This document is part of the [Filament project](https://github.com/google/filament). To report errors in this document please use the [project's issue tracker](https://github.com/google/filament/issues). ## Authors - [Romain Guy](https://github.com/romainguy), [@romainguy](https://twitter.com/romainguy) - [Mathias Agopian](https://github.com/pixelflinger), [@romainguy](https://twitter.com/darthmoosious) # Overview Filament is a physically based rendering (PBR) engine for Android. Filament offers a customizable material system that you can use to create both simple and complex materials. This document describes all the features available to materials and how to create your own material. ## Core concepts Material : A material defines the visual appearance of a surface. To completely describe and render a surface, a material provides the following information: - Material model - Set of use-controllable named parameters - Raster state (blending mode, backface culling, etc.) - Vertex shader code - Fragment shader code Material model : Also called _shading model_ or _lighting model_, the material model defines the intrinsic properties of a surface. These properties have a direct influence on the way lighting is computed and therefore on the appearance of a surface. Material definition : A text file that describes all the information required by a material. This is the file that you will directly author to create new materials. Material package : At runtime, materials are loaded from _material packages_ compiled from material definitions using the `matc` tool. A material package contains all the information required to describe a material, and shaders generated for the target runtime platforms. This is necessary because different platforms (Android, macOS, Linux, etc.) use different graphics APIs or different variants of similar graphics APIs (OpenGL vs OpenGL ES for instance). Material instance : A material instance is a reference to a material and a set of values for the different values of that material. Material instances are not covered in this document as they are created and manipulated directly from code using Filament's APIs. # Material models Filament materials can use one of the following material models: - Lit (or standard) - Subsurface - Cloth - Unlit - Specular glossiness (legacy) ## Lit model The lit model is Filament's standard material model. This physically-based shading model was designed after to offer good interoperability with other common tools and engines such as _Unity 5_, _Unreal Engine 4_, _Substance Designer_ or _Marmoset Toolbag_. This material model can be used to describe a large number of non-metallic surfaces (_dielectrics_) or metallic surfaces (_conductors_). The appearance of a material using the standard model is controlled using the properties described in table [standardProperties]. Property | Definition -----------------------:|:--------------------- **baseColor** | Diffuse albedo for non-metallic surfaces, and specular color for metallic surfaces **metallic** | Whether a surface appears to be dielectric (0.0) or conductor (1.0). Often used as a binary value (0 or 1) **roughness** | Perceived smoothness (1.0) or roughness (0.0) of a surface. Smooth surfaces exhibit sharp reflections **reflectance** | Fresnel reflectance at normal incidence for dielectric surfaces. This directly controls the strength of the reflections **clearCoat** | Strength of the clear coat layer **clearCoatRoughness** | Perceived smoothness or roughness of the clear coat layer **anisotropy** | Amount of anisotropy in either the tangent or bitangent direction **anisotropyDirection** | Local surface direction **ambientOcclusion** | Defines how much of the ambient light is accessible to a surface point. It is a per-pixel shadowing factor between 0.0 and 1.0 **normal** | A detail normal used to perturb the surface using _bump mapping_ (_normal mapping_) **bentNormal** | A normal pointing in the average unoccluded direction. Can be used to improve indirect lighting quality **clearCoatNormal** | A detail normal used to perturb the clear coat layer using _bump mapping_ (_normal mapping_) **emissive** | Additional diffuse albedo to simulate emissive surfaces (such as neons, etc.) This property is mostly useful in an HDR pipeline with a bloom pass **postLightingColor** | Additional color that can be blended with the result of the lighting computations. See `postLightingBlending` **ior** | Index of refraction for refractive objects **transmission** | Defines how much of the diffuse light of a dielectric is transmitted through the object, in other words this defines how transparent an object is **absorption** | Absorption factor for refractive objects **microThickness** | Thickness of the thin layer of refractive objects **thickness** | Thickness of the solid volume of refractive objects [Table [standardProperties]: Properties of the standard model] The type and range of each property is described in table [standardPropertiesTypes]. Property | Type | Range | Note -----------------------:|:--------:|:------------------------:|:------------------------- **baseColor** | float4 | [0..1] | Pre-multiplied linear RGB **metallic** | float | [0..1] | Should be 0 or 1 **roughness** | float | [0..1] | **reflectance** | float | [0..1] | Prefer values > 0.35 **clearCoat** | float | [0..1] | Should be 0 or 1 **clearCoatRoughness** | float | [0..1] | **anisotropy** | float | [-1..1] | Anisotropy is in the tangent direction when this value is positive **anisotropyDirection** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB, encodes a direction vector in tangent space **ambientOcclusion** | float | [0..1] | **normal** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB, encodes a direction vector in tangent space **bentNormal** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB, encodes a direction vector in tangent space **clearCoatNormal** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB, encodes a direction vector in tangent space **emissive** | float4 | rgb=[0..1], a=[-n..n] | Alpha is the exposure compensation **postLightingColor** | float4 | [0..1] | Pre-multiplied linear RGB **ior** | float | [1..n] | Optional, usually deduced from the reflectance **transmission** | float | [0..1] | **absorption** | float3 | [0..n] | **microThickness** | float | [0..n] | **thickness** | float | [0..n] | [Table [standardPropertiesTypes]: Range and type of the standard model's properties] !!! Note: About linear RGB Several material model properties expect RGB colors. Filament materials use RGB colors in linear space and you must take proper care of supplying colors in that space. See the Linear colors section for more information. !!! Note: About pre-multiplied RGB Filament materials expect colors to use pre-multiplied alpha. See the Pre-multiplied alpha section for more information. !!! Note: About `absorption` The light attenuation through the material is defined as $e^{-absorption \cdot distance}$, and the distance depends on the `thickness` parameter. If `thickness` is not provided, then the `absorption` parameter is used directly and the light attenuation through the material becomes $1 - absorption$. To obtain a certain color at a desired distance, the above equation can be inverted such as $absorption = -\frac{ln(color)}{distance}$. !!! Note: About `ior` and `reflectance` The index of refraction (IOR) and the reflectance represent the same physical attribute, therefore they don't need to be both specified. Typically, only the reflectance is specified and the IOR is deduced automatically. When only the IOR is specified, the reflectance is then deduced automatically. It is possible to specify both, in which case their values are kept as-is, which can lead to physically impossible materials, however, this might be desirable for artistic reasons. !!! Note: About `thickness` and `microThickness` for refraction `thickness` represents the thickness of solid objects in the direction of the normal, for satisfactory results, this should be provided per fragment (e.g.: as a texture) or at least per vertex. `microThickness` represent the thickness of the thin layer of an object, and can generally be provided as a constant value. For example, a 1mm thin hollow sphere of radius 1m, would have a `thickness` of 1 and a `microThickness` of 0.001. Currently `thickness` is not used when `refractionType` is set to `thin`. ### Base color The `baseColor` property defines the perceived color of an object (sometimes called albedo). The effect of `baseColor` depends on the nature of the surface, controlled by the `metallic` property explained in the Metallic section. Non-metals (dielectrics) : Defines the diffuse color of the surface. Real-world values are typically found in the range $[10..240]$ if the value is encoded between 0 and 255, or in the range $[0.04..0.94]$ between 0 and 1. Several examples of base colors for non-metallic surfaces can be found in table [baseColorsDielectrics]. Metal | sRGB | Hexadecimal | Color ----------:|:-------------------:|:------------:|------------------------------------------------------- Coal | 0.19, 0.19, 0.19 | #323232 |
 
Rubber | 0.21, 0.21, 0.21 | #353535 |
 
Mud | 0.33, 0.24, 0.19 | #553d31 |
 
Wood | 0.53, 0.36, 0.24 | #875c3c |
 
Vegetation | 0.48, 0.51, 0.31 | #7b824e |
 
Brick | 0.58, 0.49, 0.46 | #947d75 |
 
Sand | 0.69, 0.66, 0.52 | #b1a884 |
 
Concrete | 0.75, 0.75, 0.73 | #c0bfbb |
 
[Table [baseColorsDielectrics]: `baseColor` for common non-metals] Metals (conductors) : Defines the specular color of the surface. Real-world values are typically found in the range $[170..255]$ if the value is encoded between 0 and 255, or in the range $[0.66..1.0]$ between 0 and 1. Several examples of base colors for metallic surfaces can be found in table [baseColorsConductors]. Metal | sRGB | Hexadecimal | Color ----------:|:-------------------:|:------------:|------------------------------------------------------- Silver | 0.97, 0.96, 0.91 | #f7f4e8 |
 
Aluminum | 0.91, 0.92, 0.92 | #e8eaea |
 
Titanium | 0.76, 0.73, 0.69 | #c1baaf |
 
Iron | 0.77, 0.78, 0.78 | #c4c6c6 |
 
Platinum | 0.83, 0.81, 0.78 | #d3cec6 |
 
Gold | 1.00, 0.85, 0.57 | #ffd891 |
 
Brass | 0.98, 0.90, 0.59 | #f9e596 |
 
Copper | 0.97, 0.74, 0.62 | #f7bc9e |
 
[Table [baseColorsConductors]: `baseColor` for common metals] ### Metallic The `metallic` property defines whether the surface is a metallic (_conductor_) or a non-metallic (_dielectric_) surface. This property should be used as a binary value, set to either 0 or 1. Intermediate values are only truly useful to create transitions between different types of surfaces when using textures. This property can dramatically change the appearance of a surface. Non-metallic surfaces have chromatic diffuse reflection and achromatic specular reflection (reflected light does not change color). Metallic surfaces do not have any diffuse reflection and chromatic specular reflection (reflected light takes on the color of the surfaced as defined by `baseColor`). The effect of `metallic` is shown in figure [metallicProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [metallicProperty]: `metallic` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/metallic.png) ### Roughness The `roughness` property controls the perceived smoothness of the surface. When `roughness` is set to 0, the surface is perfectly smooth and highly glossy. The rougher a surface is, the "blurrier" the reflections are. This property is often called _glossiness_ in other engines and tools, and is simply the opposite of the roughness (`roughness = 1 - glossiness`). ### Non-metals The effect of `roughness` on non-metallic surfaces is shown in figure [roughnessProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [roughnessProperty]: Dielectric `roughness` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/dielectric_roughness.png) ### Metals The effect of `roughness` on metallic surfaces is shown in figure [roughnessConductorProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [roughnessConductorProperty]: Conductor `roughness` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/conductor_roughness.png) ### Refraction When refraction through an object is enabled (using a `refractonType` of `thin` or `solid`), the `roughness` property will also affect the refractions, as shown in figure [roughnessRefractionProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [roughnessRefractionProperty]: Refractive sphere with `roughness` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/refraction_roughness.png) ### Reflectance The `reflectance` property only affects non-metallic surfaces. This property can be used to control the specular intensity and index of refraction of materials. This value is defined between 0 and 1 and represents a remapping of a percentage of reflectance. For instance, the default value of 0.5 corresponds to a reflectance of 4%. Values below 0.35 (2% reflectance) should be avoided as no real-world materials have such low reflectance. The effect of `reflectance` on non-metallic surfaces is shown in figure [reflectanceProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [reflectanceProperty]: `reflectance` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/reflectance.png) Figure [reflectance] shows common values and how they relate to the mapping function. ![Figure [reflectance]: Common reflectance values](images/diagram_reflectance.png) Table [commonMatReflectance] describes acceptable reflectance values for various types of materials (no real world material has a value under 2%). Material | Reflectance | IOR | Linear value --------------------------:|:-----------------|:-----------------|:---------------- Water | 2% | 1.33 | 0.35 Fabric | 4% to 5.6% | 1.5 to 1.62 | 0.5 to 0.59 Common liquids | 2% to 4% | 1.33 to 1.5 | 0.35 to 0.5 Common gemstones | 5% to 16% | 1.58 to 2.33 | 0.56 to 1.0 Plastics, glass | 4% to 5% | 1.5 to 1.58 | 0.5 to 0.56 Other dielectric materials | 2% to 5% | 1.33 to 1.58 | 0.35 to 0.56 Eyes | 2.5% | 1.38 | 0.39 Skin | 2.8% | 1.4 | 0.42 Hair | 4.6% | 1.55 | 0.54 Teeth | 5.8% | 1.63 | 0.6 Default value | 4% | 1.5 | 0.5 [Table [commonMatReflectance]: Reflectance of common materials] Note that the `reflectance` property also defines the index of refraction of the surface. When this property is defined it is not necessary to define the `ior` property. Setting either of these properties will automatically compute the other property. It is possible to specify both, in which case their values are kept as-is, which can lead to physically impossible materials, however, this might be desirable for artistic reasons. The `reflectance` property is designed as a normalized property in the range 0..1 which makes it easy to define from a texture. See the Index of refraction section for more information about the `ior` property and refractive indices. ### Clear coat Multi-layer materials are fairly common, particularly materials with a thin translucent layer over a base layer. Real world examples of such materials include car paints, soda cans, lacquered wood and acrylic. The `clearCoat` property can be used to describe materials with two layers. The clear coat layer will always be isotropic and dielectric. ![Figure [clearCoat]: Comparison of a carbon-fiber material under the standard material model (left) and the clear coat model (right)](images/material_carbon_fiber.png) The `clearCoat` property controls the strength of the clear coat layer. This should be treated as a binary value, set to either 0 or 1. Intermediate values are useful to control transitions between parts of the surface that have a clear coat layers and parts that don't. The effect of `clearCoat` on a rough metal is shown in figure [clearCoatProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [clearCoatProperty]: `clearCoat` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/clear_coat.png) !!! Warning The clear coat layer effectively doubles the cost of specular computations. Do not assign a value, even 0.0, to the clear coat property if you don't need this second layer. ### Clear coat roughness The `clearCoatRoughness` property is similar to the `roughness` property but applies only to the clear coat layer. The effect of `clearCoatRoughness` on a rough metal is shown in figure [clearCoatRoughnessProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [clearCoatRoughnessProperty]: `clearCoatRoughness` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/clear_coat_roughness.png) ### Anisotropy Many real-world materials, such as brushed metal, can only be replicated using an anisotropic reflectance model. A material can be changed from the default isotropic model to an anisotropic model by using the `anisotropy` property. ![Figure [anisotropic]: Comparison of isotropic material (left) and anistropic material (right)](images/material_anisotropic.png) The effect of `anisotropy` on a rough metal is shown in figure [anisotropyProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [anisotropyProperty]: `anisotropy` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/anisotropy.png) The figure [anisotropyDir] below shows how the direction of the anisotropic highlights can be controlled by using either positive or negative values: positive values define anisotropy in the tangent direction and negative values in the bitangent direction. ![Figure [anisotropyDir]: Positive (left) vs negative (right) `anisotropy` values](images/screenshot_anisotropy_direction.png) !!! Tip The anisotropic material model is slightly more expensive than the standard material model. Do not assign a value (even 0.0) to the `anisotropy` property if you don't need anisotropy. ### Anisotropy direction The `anisotropyDirection` property defines the direction of the surface at a given point and thus control the shape of the specular highlights. It is specified as vector of 3 values that usually come from a texture, encoding the directions local to the surface. The effect of `anisotropyDirection` on a metal is shown in figure [anisotropyDirectionProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [anisotropyDirectionProperty]: Anisotropic metal rendered with a direction map](images/screenshot_anisotropy.png) The result shown in figure [anisotropyDirectionProperty] was obtained using the direction map shown in figure [anisotropyDirectionProperty]. ![Figure [anisotropyDirectionProperty]: Example of a direction map](images/screenshot_anisotropy_map.jpg) ### Ambient occlusion The `ambientOcclusion` property defines how much of the ambient light is accessible to a surface point. It is a per-pixel shadowing factor between 0.0 (fully shadowed) and 1.0 (fully lit). This property only affects diffuse indirect lighting (image-based lighting), not direct lights such as directional, point and spot lights, nor specular lighting. ![Figure [aoExample]: Comparison of materials without diffuse ambient occlusion (left) and with (right)](images/screenshot_ao.jpg) ### Normal The `normal` property defines the normal of the surface at a given point. It usually comes from a _normal map_ texture, which allows to vary the property per-pixel. The normal is supplied in tangent space, which means that +Z points outside of the surface. For example, let's imagine that we want to render a piece of furniture covered in tufted leather. Modeling the geometry to accurately represent the tufted pattern would require too many triangles so we instead bake a high-poly mesh into a normal map. Once the base map is applied to a simplified mesh, we get the result in figure [normalMapped]. Note that the `normal` property affects the _base layer_ and not the clear coat layer. ![Figure [normalMapped]: Low-poly mesh without normal mapping (left) and with (right)](images/screenshot_normal_mapping.jpg) !!! Warning Using a normal map increases the runtime cost of the material model. ### Bent normal The `bentNormal` property defines the average unoccluded direction at a point on the surface. It is used to improve the accuracy of indirect lighting. Bent normals can also improve the quality of specular ambient occlusion (see section [Lighting: specularAmbientOcclusion] about `specularAmbientOcclusion`). Bent normals can greatly increase the visual fidelity of an asset with various cavities and concave areas, as shown in figure [bentNormalMapped]. See the areas of the ears, nostrils and eyes for instance. ![Figure [bentNormalMapped]: Example of a model rendered with and without a bent normal map. Both versions use the same ambient occlusion map.](images/material_bent_normal.gif) ### Clear coat normal The `clearCoatNormal` property defines the normal of the clear coat layer at a given point. It behaves otherwise like the `normal` property. ![Figure [clearCoatNormalMapped]: A material with a clear coat normal map and a surface normal map](images/screenshot_clear_coat_normal.jpg) !!! Warning Using a clear coat normal map increases the runtime cost of the material model. ### Emissive The `emissive` property can be used to simulate additional light emitted by the surface. It is defined as a `float4` value that contains an RGB color (in linear space) as well as an exposure compensation value (in the alpha channel). Even though an exposure value actually indicates combinations of camera settings, it is often used by photographers to describe light intensity. This is why cameras let photographers apply an exposure compensation to over or under-expose an image. This setting can be used for artistic control but also to achieve proper exposure (snow for instance will be exposed for as 18% middle-grey). The exposure compensation value of the emissive property can be used to force the emissive color to be brighter (positive values) or darker (negative values) than the current exposure. If the bloom effect is enabled, using a positive exposure compensation can force the surface to bloom. ### Post-lighting color The `postLightingColor` can be used to modify the surface color after lighting computations. This property has no physical meaning and only exists to implement specific effects or to help with debugging. This property is defined as a `float4` value containing a pre-multiplied RGB color in linear space. The post-lighting color is blended with the result of lighting according to the blending mode specified by the `postLightingBlending` material option. Please refer to the documentation of this option for more information. !!! Tip `postLightingColor` can be used as a simpler `emissive` property by setting `postLightingBlending` to `add` and by providing an RGB color with alpha set to `0.0`. ### Index of refraction The `ior` property only affects non-metallic surfaces. This property can be used to control the index of refraction and the specular intensity of materials. The `ior` property is intended to be used with refractive (transmissive) materials, which are enabled when the `refractionMode` is set to `cubemap` or `screenspace`. The index of refraction (or refractive index) of a material is a dimensionless number that describes how fast light travels through that material. The higher the number, the slower light travels through the medium. More importantly for rendering materials, the refractive index determines how the path light travels is bent when entering the material. Higher indices of refraction will cause light to bend further away from the initial path. Table [commonMatIOR] describes acceptable refractive indices for various types of materials. Material | IOR --------------------------:|:----------------- Air | 1.0 Water | 1.33 Common liquids | 1.33 to 1.5 Common gemstones | 1.58 to 2.33 Plastics, glass | 1.5 to 1.58 Other dielectric materials | 1.33 to 1.58 [Table [commonMatIOR]: Index of refraction of common materials] The appearance of a refractive material will greatly depend on the `refractionType` and `refractionMode` settings of the material. Refer to the Blending and transparency: refractionType section and the Blending and transparency: refractionMode section for more information. The effect of `ior` when `refractionMode` is set to `cubemap` and `refractionType` is set to `solid` can be seen in figure [iorProperty2] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [iorProperty2]: `transmission` varying from 1.0 (left) to 1.5 (right)](images/materials/ior.png) Figure [iorProperty] shows the comparison of a sphere of `ior` 1.0 with a sphere of `ior` 1.33, with the `refractionMode` set to `screenspace` and the `refractionType` set to `solid` (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [iorProperty]: `ior` of 1.0 (left) and 1.33 (right)](images/material_ior.png) Note that the `ior` property also defines the reflectance (or specular intensity) of the surface. When this property is defined it is not necessary to define the `reflectance` property. Setting either of these properties will automatically compute the other property. It is possible to specify both, in which case their values are kept as-is, which can lead to physically impossible materials, however, this might be desirable for artistic reasons. See the Reflectance section for more information on the `reflectance` property. !!! Tip Refractive materials are affected by the `roughness` property. Rough materials will scatter light, creating a diffusion effect useful to recreate "blurry" appearances such as frosted glass, certain plastics, etc. ### Transmission The `transmission` property defines what ratio of diffuse light is transmitted through a refractive material. This property only affects materials with a `refractionMode` set to `cubemap` or `screenspace`. When `transmission` is set to 0, no amount of light is transmitted and the diffuse component of the surface is 100% visible. When `transmission` is set to 1, all the light is transmitted and the diffuse component is not visible anymore, only the specular component is. The effect of `transmission` on a glossy dielectric (`ior` of 1.5, `refractionMode` set to `cubemap`, `refractionType` set to `solid`) is shown in figure [transmissionProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [transmissionProperty]: `transmission` varying from 0.0 (left) to 1.0 (right)](images/materials/transmission.png) !!! Tip The `transmission` property is useful to create decals, paint, etc. at the surface of refractive materials. ### Absorption The `absorption` property defines the absorption coefficients of light transmitted through the material. Figure [absorptionExample] shows the effect of `absorption` on a refracting object with an index of refraction of 1.5 and a base color set to white. ![Figure [absorptionExample]: Refracting object without (left) and with (right) absorption](images/material_absorption.png) Transmittance through a volume is exponential with respect to the optical depth (defined either with `microThickness` or `thickness`). The computed color follows the following formula: $$color \cdot e^{-absorption \cdot distance}$$ Where `distance` is either `microThickness` or `thickness`, that is the distance light will travel through the material at a given point. If no thickness/distance is specified, the computed color follows this formula instead: $$color \cdot (1 - absorption)$$ The effect of varying the `absorption` coefficients is shown in figure [absorptionProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). In this picture, the object has a fixed `thickness` of 4.5 and an index of refraction set to 1.3. ![Figure [absorptionProperty]: `absorption` varying from (0.0, 0.02, 0.14) (left) to (0.0, 0.36, 2.3) (right)](images/materials/absorption.png) Setting the absorption coefficients directly can be unintuitive which is why we recommend working with a _transmittance color_ and a _"at distance"_ factor instead. These two parameters allow an artist to specify the precise color the material should have at a specified distance through the volume. The value to pass to `absorption` can be computed this way: $$absorption = -\frac{ln(transmittanceColor)}{atDistance}$$ While this computation can be done in the material itself we recommend doing it offline whenever possible. Filament provides an API for this purpose, `Color::absorptionAtDistance()`. ### Micro-thickness and thickness The `microThickness` and `thickness` properties define the optical depth of the material of a refracting object. `microThickness` is used when `refractionType` is set to `thin`, and `thickness` is used when `refractionType` is set to `volume`. `thickness` represents the thickness of solid objects in the direction of the normal, for satisfactory results, this should be provided per fragment (e.g.: as a texture) or at least per vertex. `microThickness` represent the thickness of the thin layer (shell) of an object, and can generally be provided as a constant value. For example, a 1mm thin hollow sphere of radius 1m, would have a `thickness` of 1 and a `microThickness` of 0.001. Currently `thickness` is not used when `refractionType` is set to `thin`. Both properties are made available for possible future use. Both `thickness` and `microThickness` are used to compute the transmitted color of the material when the `absorption` property is set. In solid volumes, `thickness` will also affect how light rays are refracted. The effect `thickness` in a solid volume with `refractionMode` set to `screenSpace` is shown in figure [thicknessProperty] (click on the image to see a larger version). Note how the `thickness` value not only changes the effect of `absorption` but also modifies the direction of the refracted light. ![Figure [thicknessProperty]: `thickness` varying from 0.0 (left) to 2.0 (right)](images/materials/thickness.png) Figure [varyingThickness] shows what a prism with spatially varying `thickness` looks like when the `refractionType` is set to `solid` and `absorption` coefficients are set. ![Figure [varyingThickness]: `thickness` varying from 0.0 at the top of the prism to 3.0 at the bottom of the prism](images/material_thickness.png) ## Subsurface model ### Thickness ### Subsurface color ### Subsurface power ## Cloth model All the material models described previously are designed to simulate dense surfaces, both at a macro and at a micro level. Clothes and fabrics are however often made of loosely connected threads that absorb and scatter incident light. When compared to hard surfaces, cloth is characterized by a softer specular lob with a large falloff and the presence of fuzz lighting, caused by forward/backward scattering. Some fabrics also exhibit two-tone specular colors (velvets for instance). Figure [materialCloth] shows how the standard material model fails to capture the appearance of a sample of denim fabric. The surface appears rigid (almost plastic-like), more similar to a tarp than a piece of clothing. This figure also shows how important the softer specular lobe caused by absorption and scattering is to the faithful recreation of the fabric. ![Figure [materialCloth]: Comparison of denim fabric rendered using the standard model (left) and the cloth model (right)](images/screenshot_cloth.png) Velvet is an interesting use case for a cloth material model. As shown in figure [materialVelvet] this type of fabric exhibits strong rim lighting due to forward and backward scattering. These scattering events are caused by fibers standing straight at the surface of the fabric. When the incident light comes from the direction opposite to the view direction, the fibers will forward scatter the light. Similarly, when the incident light from the same direction as the view direction, the fibers will scatter the light backward. ![Figure [materialVelvet]: Velvet fabric showcasing forward and backward scattering](images/screenshot_cloth_velvet.png) It is important to note that there are types of fabrics that are still best modeled by hard surface material models. For instance, leather, silk and satin can be recreated using the standard or anisotropic material models. The cloth material model encompasses all the parameters previously defined for the standard material mode except for _metallic_ and _reflectance_. Two extra parameters described in table [clothProperties] are also available. Parameter | Definition ---------------------:|:--------------------- **sheenColor** | Specular tint to create two-tone specular fabrics (defaults to $\sqrt{baseColor}$) **subsurfaceColor** | Tint for the diffuse color after scattering and absorption through the material [Table [clothProperties]: Cloth model parameters] The type and range of each property is described in table [clothPropertiesTypes]. Property | Type | Range | Note ---------------------:|:--------:|:------------------------:|:------------------------- **sheenColor** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB **subsurfaceColor** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB [Table [clothPropertiesTypes]: Range and type of the cloth model's properties] To create a velvet-like material, the base color can be set to black (or a dark color). Chromaticity information should instead be set on the sheen color. To create more common fabrics such as denim, cotton, etc. use the base color for chromaticity and use the default sheen color or set the sheen color to the luminance of the base color. !!! Tip To see the effect of the `roughness` parameter make sure the `sheenColor` is brighter than `baseColor`. This can be used to create a fuzz effect. Taking the luminance of `baseColor` as the `sheenColor` will produce a fairly natural effect that works for common cloth. A dark `baseColor` combined with a bright/saturated `sheenColor` can be used to create velvet. !!! Tip The `subsurfaceColor` parameter should be used with care. High values can interfere with shadows in some areas. It is best suited for subtle transmission effects through the material. ### Sheen color The `sheenColor` property can be used to directly modify the specular reflectance. It offers better control over the appearance of cloth and gives give the ability to create two-tone specular materials. The effect of `sheenColor` is shown in figure [materialClothSheen] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [materialClothSheen]: Blue fabric without (left) and with (right) sheen](images/screenshot_cloth_sheen.png) ### Subsurface color The `subsurfaceColor` property is not physically-based and can be used to simulate the scattering, partial absorption and re-emission of light in certain types of fabrics. This is particularly useful to create softer fabrics. !!! Warning The cloth material model is more expensive to compute when the `subsurfaceColor` property is used. The effect of `subsurfaceColor` is shown in figure [materialClothSubsurface] (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [materialClothSubsurface]: White cloth (left column) vs white cloth with brown subsurface scatting (right)](images/screenshot_cloth_subsurface.png) ## Unlit model The unlit material model can be used to turn off all lighting computations. Its primary purpose is to render pre-lit elements such as a cubemap, external content (such as a video or camera stream), user interfaces, visualization/debugging etc. The unlit model exposes only two properties described in table [unlitProperties]. Property | Definition ---------------------:|:--------------------- **baseColor** | Surface diffuse color **emissive** | Additional diffuse color to simulate emissive surfaces. This property is mostly useful in an HDR pipeline with a bloom pass **postLightingColor** | Additional color to blend with base color and emissive [Table [unlitProperties]: Properties of the standard model] The type and range of each property is described in table [unlitPropertiesTypes]. Property | Type | Range | Note ---------------------:|:--------:|:------------------------:|:------------------------- **baseColor** | float4 | [0..1] | Pre-multiplied linear RGB **emissive** | float4 | rgb=[0..1], a=N/A | Pre-multiplied linear RGB, alpha is ignored **postLightingColor** | float4 | [0..1] | Pre-multiplied linear RGB [Table [unlitPropertiesTypes]: Range and type of the unlit model's properties] The value of `emissive` is simply added to `baseColor` when present. The main use of `emissive` is to force an unlit surface to bloom if the HDR pipeline is configured with a bloom pass. The value of `postLightingColor` is blended with the sum of `emissive` and `baseColor` according to the blending mode specified by the `postLightingBlending` material option. Figure [materialUnlit] shows an example of the unlit material model (click on the image to see a larger version). ![Figure [materialUnlit]: The unlit model is used to render debug information](images/screenshot_unlit.jpg) ## Specular glossiness This alternative lighting model exists to comply with legacy standards. Since it is not a physically-based formulation, we do not recommend using it except when loading legacy assets. This model encompasses the parameters previously defined for the standard lit mode except for _metallic_, _reflectance_, and _roughness_. It adds parameters for _specularColor_ and _glossiness_. Parameter | Definition ---------------------:|:--------------------- **baseColor** | Surface diffuse color **specularColor** | Specular tint (defaults to black) **glossiness** | Glossiness (defaults to 0.0) [Table [glossinessProperties]: Properties of the specular-glossiness shading model] The type and range of each property is described in table [glossinessPropertiesTypes]. Property | Type | Range | Note ---------------------:|:--------:|:------------------------:|:------------------------- **baseColor** | float4 | [0..1] | Pre-multiplied linear RGB **specularColor** | float3 | [0..1] | Linear RGB **glossiness** | float | [0..1] | Inverse of roughness [Table [glossinessPropertiesTypes]: Range and type of the specular-glossiness model's properties] # Material definitions A material definition is a text file that describes all the information required by a material: - Name - User parameters - Material model - Required attributes - Interpolants (called _variables_) - Raster state (blending mode, etc.) - Shader code (fragment shader, optionally vertex shader) ## Format The material definition format is a format loosely based on [JSON](https://www.json.org/) that we call _JSONish_. At the top level a material definition is composed of 3 different blocks that use the JSON object notation: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { // material properties } vertex { // vertex shader, optional } fragment { // fragment shader } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A minimum viable material definition must contain a `material` section and a `fragment` block. The `vertex` block is optional. ### Differences with JSON In JSON, an object is made of key/value _pairs_. A JSON pair has the following syntax: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON "key" : value ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Where value can be a string, number, object, array or a literal (`true`, `false` or `null`). While this syntax is perfectly valid in a material definition, a variant without quotes around strings is also accepted in JSONish: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON key : value ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Quotes remain mandatory when the string contains spaces. The `vertex` and `fragment` blocks contain unescaped, unquoted GLSL code, which is not valid in JSON. Single-line C++-style comments are allowed. The key of a pair is case-sensitive. The value of a pair is not case-sensitive. ### Example The following code listing shows an example of a valid material definition. This definition uses the _lit_ material model (see Lit model section), uses the default opaque blending mode, requires that a set of UV coordinates be presented in the rendered mesh and defines 3 user parameters. The following sections of this document describe the `material` and `fragment` blocks in detail. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { name : "Textured material", parameters : [ { type : sampler2d, name : texture }, { type : float, name : metallic }, { type : float, name : roughness } ], requires : [ uv0 ], shadingModel : lit, blending : opaque } fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); material.baseColor = texture(materialParams_texture, getUV0()); material.metallic = materialParams.metallic; material.roughness = materialParams.roughness; } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ## Material block The material block is mandatory block that contains a list of property pairs to describe all non-shader data. ### General: name Type : `string` Value : Any string. Double quotes are required if the name contains spaces. Description : Sets the name of the material. The name is retained at runtime for debugging purpose. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { name : stone } material { name : "Wet pavement" } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### General: shadingModel Type : `string` Value : Any of `lit`, `subsurface`, `cloth`, `unlit`, `specularGlossiness`. Defaults to `lit`. Description : Selects the material model as described in the Material models section. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { shadingModel : unlit } material { shadingModel : "subsurface" } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### General: parameters Type : array of parameter objects Value : Each entry is an object with the properties `name` and `type`, both of `string` type. The name must be a valid GLSL identifier. The type must be one of the types described in table [materialParamsTypes]. Type | Description :----------------------|:--------------------------------- bool | Single boolean bool2 | Vector of 2 booleans bool3 | Vector of 3 booleans bool4 | Vector of 4 booleans float | Single float float2 | Vector of 2 floats float3 | Vector of 3 floats float4 | Vector of 4 floats int | Single integer int2 | Vector of 2 integers int3 | Vector of 3 integers int4 | Vector of 4 integers uint | Single unsigned integer uint2 | Vector of 2 unsigned integers uint3 | Vector of 3 unsigned integers uint4 | Vector of 4 unsigned integers float3x3 | Matrix of 3x3 floats float4x4 | Matrix of 4x4 floats sampler2d | 2D texture samplerExternal | External texture (platform-specific) samplerCubemap | Cubemap texture [Table [materialParamsTypes]: Material parameter types] Samplers : Sampler types can also specify a `format` (defaults to `float`) and a `precision` (defaults to `default`). The format can be one of `int`, `float`. The precision can be one of `default` (best precision for the platform, typically `high` on desktop, `medium` on mobile), `low`, `medium`, `high`. Arrays : A parameter can define an array of values by appending `[size]` after the type name, where `size` is a positive integer. For instance: `float[9]` declares an array of nine `float` values. Arrays of samplers are _not_ supported at the moment. Description : Lists the parameters required by your material. These parameters can be set at runtime using Filament's material API. Accessing parameters from the shaders varies depending on the type of parameter: - **Samplers types**: use the parameter name prefixed with `materialParams_`. For instance, `materialParams_myTexture`. - **Other types**: use the parameter name as the field of a structure called `materialParams`. For instance, `materialParams.myColor`. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { parameters : [ { type : float4, name : albedo }, { type : sampler2d, format : float, precision : high, name : roughness }, { type : float2, name : metallicReflectance } ], requires : [ uv0 ], shadingModel : lit, } fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); material.baseColor = materialParams.albedo; material.roughness = texture(materialParams_roughness, getUV0()); material.metallic = materialParams.metallicReflectance.x; material.reflectance = materialParams.metallicReflectance.y; } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### General: variantFilter Type : array of `string` Value : Each entry must be any of `dynamicLighting`, `directionalLighting`, `shadowReceiver` or `skinning`. Description : Used to specify a list of shader variants that the application guarantees will never be needed. These shader variants are skipped during the code generation phase, thus reducing the overall size of the material. Note that some variants may automatically be filtered out. For instance, all lighting related variants (`directionalLighting`, etc.) are filtered out when compiling an `unlit` material. Use the variant filter with caution, filtering out a variant required at runtime may lead to crashes. Description of the variants: - `directionalLighting`, used when a directional light is present in the scene - `dynamicLighting`, used when a non-directional light (point, spot, etc.) is present in the scene - `shadowReceiver`, used when an object can receive shadows - `skinning`, used when an object is animated using GPU skinning ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { name : "Invisible shadow plane", shadingModel : unlit, shadowMultiplier : true, blending : transparent, variantFilter : [ skinning ] } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### General: flipUV Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `true`. Description : When set to `true` (default value), the Y coordinate of UV attributes will be flipped when read by this material's vertex shader. Flipping is equivalent to `y = 1.0 - y`. When set to `false`, flipping is disabled and the UV attributes are read as is. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { flipUV : false } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Vertex and attributes: requires Type : array of `string` Value : Each entry must be any of `uv0`, `uv1`, `color`, `position`, `tangents`. Description : Lists the vertex attributes required by the material. The `position` attribute is always required and does not need to be specified. The `tangents` attribute is automatically required when selecting any shading model that is not `unlit`. See the shader sections of this document for more information on how to access these attributes from the shaders. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { parameters : [ { type : sampler2d, name : texture }, ], requires : [ uv0 ], shadingModel : lit, } fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); material.baseColor = texture(materialParams_texture, getUV0()); } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Vertex and attributes: variables Type : array of `string` Value : Up to 4 strings, each must be a valid GLSL identifier. Description : Defines custom interpolants (or variables) that are output by the material's vertex shader. Each entry of the array defines the name of an interpolant. The full name in the fragment shader is the name of the interpolant with the `variable_` prefix. For instance, if you declare a variable called `eyeDirection` you can access it in the fragment shader using `variable_eyeDirection`. In the vertex shader, the interpolant name is simply a member of the `MaterialVertexInputs` structure (`material.eyeDirection` in your example). Each interpolant is of type `float4` (`vec4`) in the shaders. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { name : Skybox, parameters : [ { type : samplerCubemap, name : skybox } ], variables : [ eyeDirection ], vertexDomain : device, depthWrite : false, shadingModel : unlit } fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); float3 sky = texture(materialParams_skybox, variable_eyeDirection.xyz).rgb; material.baseColor = vec4(sky, 1.0); } } vertex { void materialVertex(inout MaterialVertexInputs material) { float3 p = getPosition().xyz; float3 u = mulMat4x4Float3(getViewFromClipMatrix(), p).xyz; material.eyeDirection.xyz = mulMat3x3Float3(getWorldFromViewMatrix(), u); } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Vertex and attributes: vertexDomain Type : `string` Value : Any of `object`, `world`, `view`, `device`. Defaults to `object`. Description : Defines the domain (or coordinate space) of the rendered mesh. The domain influences how the vertices are transformed in the vertex shader. The possible domains are: - **Object**: the vertices are defined in the object (or model) coordinate space. The vertices are transformed using the rendered object's transform matrix - **World**: the vertices are defined in world coordinate space. The vertices are not transformed using the rendered object's transform. - **View**: the vertices are defined in view (or eye or camera) coordinate space. The vertices are not transformed using the rendered object's transform. - **Device**: the vertices are defined in normalized device (or clip) coordinate space. The vertices are not transformed using the rendered object's transform. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { vertexDomain : device } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Vertex and attributes: interpolation Type : `string` Value : Any of `smooth`, `flat`. Defaults to `smooth`. Description : Defines how interpolants (or variables) are interpolated between vertices. When this property is set to `smooth`, a perspective correct interpolation is performed on each interpolant. When set to `flat`, no interpolation is performed and all the fragments within a given triangle will be shaded the same. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { interpolation : flat } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Blending and transparency: blending Type : `string` Value : Any of `opaque`, `transparent`, `fade`, `add`, `masked`, `multiply`, `screen`. Defaults to `opaque`. Description : Defines how/if the rendered object is blended with the content of the render target. The possible blending modes are: - **Opaque**: blending is disabled, the alpha channel of the material's output is ignored. - **Transparent**: blending is enabled. The material's output is alpha composited with the render target, using Porter-Duff's `source over` rule. This blending mode assumes pre-multiplied alpha. - **Fade**: acts as `transparent` but transparency is also applied to specular lighting. In `transparent` mode, the material's alpha values only applies to diffuse lighting. This blending mode is useful to fade lit objects in and out. - **Add**: blending is enabled. The material's output is added to the content of the render target. - **Multiply**: blending is enabled. The material's output is multiplied with the content of the render target, darkening the content. - **Screen**: blending is enabled. Effectively the opposite of the `multiply`, the content of the render target is brightened. - **Masked**: blending is disabled. This blending mode enables alpha masking. The alpha channel of the material's output defines whether a fragment is discarded or not. See the maskThreshold section for more information. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { blending : transparent } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Blending and transparency: postLightingBlending Type : `string` Value : Any of `opaque`, `transparent`, `add`. Defaults to `transparent`. Description : Defines how the `postLightingColor` material property is blended with the result of the lighting computations. The possible blending modes are: - **Opaque**: blending is disabled, the material will output `postLightingColor` directly. - **Transparent**: blending is enabled. The material's computed color is alpha composited with the `postLightingColor`, using Porter-Duff's `source over` rule. This blending mode assumes pre-multiplied alpha. - **Add**: blending is enabled. The material's computed color is added to `postLightingColor`. - **Multiply**: blending is enabled. The material's computed color is multiplied with `postLightingColor`. - **Screen**: blending is enabled. The material's computed color is inverted and multiplied with `postLightingColor`, and the result is added to the material's computed color. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { postLightingBlending : add } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Blending and transparency: transparency Type : `string` Value : Any of `default`, `twoPassesOneSide` or `twoPassesTwoSides`. Defaults to `default`. Description : Controls how transparent objects are rendered. It is only valid when the `blending` mode is not `opaque`. None of these methods can accurately render concave geometry, but in practice they are often good enough. The three possible transparency modes are: - `default`: the transparent object is rendered normally (as seen in figure [transparencyDefault]), honoring the `culling` mode, etc. - `twoPassesOneSide`: the transparent object is first rendered in the depth buffer, then again in the color buffer, honoring the `culling` mode. This effectively renders only half of the transparent object as shown in figure [transparencyTwoPassesOneSide]. - `twoPassesTwoSides`: the transparent object is rendered twice in the color buffer: first with its back faces, then with its front faces. This mode lets you render both set of faces while reducing or eliminating sorting issues, as shown in figure [transparencyTwoPassesTwoSides]. `twoPassesTwoSides` can be combined with `doubleSided` for better effect. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { transparency : twoPassesOneSide } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ![Figure [transparencyDefault]: This double sided model shows the type of sorting issues transparent objects can be subject to in `default` mode](images/screenshot_transparency_default.png) ![Figure [transparencyTwoPassesOneSide]: In `twoPassesOneSide` mode, only one set of faces is visible and correctly sorted](images/screenshot_twopasses_oneside.png) ![Figure [transparencyTwoPassesTwoSides]: In `twoPassesTwoSides` mode, both set of faces are visible and sorting issues are minimized or eliminated](images/screenshot_twopasses_twosides.png) ### Blending and transparency: maskThreshold Type : `number` Value : A value between `0.0` and `1.0`. Defaults to `0.4`. Description : Sets the minimum alpha value a fragment must have to not be discarded when the `blending` mode is set to `masked`. When the blending mode is not `masked`, this value is ignored. This value can be used to controlled the appearance of alpha-masked objects. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { blending : masked, maskThreshold : 0.5 } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Blending and transparency: refractionMode Type : `string` Value : Any of `none`, `cubemap`, `screenspace`. Defaults to `none`. Description : Activates refraction when set to anything but `none`. A value of `cubemap` will only use the IBL cubemap as source of refraction, while this is significantly more efficient, no scene objects will be refracted, only the distant environment encoded in the cubemap. This mode is adequate for an object viewer for instance. A value of `screenspace` will employ the more advanced screen-space refraction algorithm which allows opaque objects in the scene to be refracted. In `cubemap` mode, refracted rays are assumed to emerge from the center of the object and the `thickness` parameter is only used for computing the absorption, but has no impact on the refraction itself. In `screenspace` mode, refracted rays are assumed to travel parallel to the view direction when they exit the refractive medium. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { refractionMode : cubemap, } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Blending and transparency: refractionType Type : `string` Value : Any of `solid`, `thin`. Defaults to `solid`. Description : This is only meaningful when `refractionMode` is set to anything but `none`. `refractionType` defines the refraction model used. `solid` is used for thick objects such as a crystal ball, an ice cube or as sculpture. `thin` is used for thin objects such as a window, an ornament ball or a soap bubble. In `solid` mode all refracive objects are assumed to be a sphere tangent to the entry point and of radius `thickness`. In `thin` mode, all refractive objects are assumed to be flat and thin and of thickness `thickness`. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { refractionMode : cubemap, refractionType : thin, } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Rasterization: culling Type : `string` Value : Any of `none`, `front`, `back`, `frontAndBack`. Defaults to `back`. Description : Defines which triangles should be culled: none, front-facing triangles, back-facing triangles or all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { culling : none } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Rasterization: colorWrite Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `true`. Description : Enables or disables writes to the color buffer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { colorWrite : false } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Rasterization: depthWrite Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `true` for opaque materials, `false` for transparent materials. Description : Enables or disables writes to the depth buffer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { depthWrite : false } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Rasterization: depthCulling Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `true`. Description : Enables or disables depth testing. When depth testing is disabled, an object rendered with this material will always appear on top of other opaque objects. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { depthCulling : false } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Rasterization: doubleSided Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `false`. Description : Enables two-sided rendering and its capability to be toggled at run time. When set to `true`, `culling` is automatically set to `none`; if the triangle is back-facing, the triangle's normal is flipped to become front-facing. When explicitly set to `false`, this allows the double-sidedness to be toggled at run time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { doubleSided : true } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Lighting: shadowMultiplier Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `false`. Description : Only available in the `unlit` shading model. If this property is enabled, the final color computed by the material is multiplied by the shadowing factor (or visibility). This allows to create transparent shadow-receiving objects (for instance an invisible ground plane in AR). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { name : "Invisible shadow plane", shadingModel : unlit, shadowMultiplier : true, blending : transparent } fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); // baseColor defines the color and opacity of the final shadow material.baseColor = vec4(0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.7); } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Lighting: clearCoatIorChange Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `true`. Description : When adding a clear coat layer, the change in index of refraction (IoR) is taken into account to modify the specular color of the base layer. This appears to darken `baseColor`. When this effect is disabled, `baseColor` is left unmodified. See figure [clearCoatIorChange] for an example of how this property can affect a red metallic base layer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { clearCoatIorChange : false } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ![Figure [clearCoatIorChange]: The same rough metallic ball with a clear coat layer rendered with `clearCoatIorChange` enabled (left) and disabled (right).](images/screenshot_clear_coat_ior_change.jpg) ### Lighting: multiBounceAmbientOcclusion Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `false` on mobile, `true` on desktop. Description : Multi-bounce ambient occlusion takes into account interreflections when applying ambient occlusion to image-based lighting. Turning this feature on avoids over-darkening occluded areas. It also takes the surface color into account to generate colored ambient occlusion. Figure [multiBounceAO] compares the ambient occlusion term of a surface with and without multi-bounce ambient occlusion. Notice how multi-bounce ambient occlusion introduces color in the occluded areas. Figure [multiBounceAOAnimated] toggles between multi-bounce ambient occlusion on and off on a lit brick material to highlight the effects of this property. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { multiBounceAmbientOcclusion : true } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ![Figure [multiBounceAO]: Brick texture amient occlusion map rendered with multi-bounce ambient occclusion enabled (left) and disabled (right).](images/screenshot_multi_bounce_ao.jpg) ![Figure [multiBounceAOAnimated]: Brick texture rendered with multi-bounce ambient occclusion enabled and disabled.](images/screenshot_multi_bounce_ao.gif) ### Lighting: specularAmbientOcclusion Type : `string` Value : `none`, `simple` or `bentNormals`. Defaults to `none` on mobile, `simple` on desktop. For compatibility reasons, `true` and `false` are also accepted and map respectively to `simple` and `none`. Description : Static ambient occlusion maps and dynamic ambient occlusion (SSAO, etc.) apply to diffuse indirect lighting. When setting this property to other than `none`, a new ambient occlusion term is derived from the surface roughness and applied to specular indirect lighting. This effect helps remove unwanted specular reflections as shown in figure [specularAO]. When this value is set to `simple`, Filament uses a cheap but approximate method of computing the specular ambient occlusion term. If this value is set to `bentNormals`, Filament will use a much more accurate but much more expensive method. `bentNormals` only works if the material sets the `bentNormal` property inside the fragment shader. If that property isn't set, `bentNormals` will behave like `simple`. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { specularAmbientOcclusion : simple } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ![Figure [specularAO]: Comparison of specular ambient occlusion on and off. The effect is particularly visible under the hose.](images/screenshot_specular_ao.gif) ### Anti-aliasing: specularAntiAliasing Type : `boolean` Value : `true` or `false`. Defaults to `false`. Description : Reduces specular aliasing and preserves the shape of specular highlights as an object moves away from the camera. This anti-aliasing solution is particularly effective on glossy materials (low roughness) but increases the cost of the material. The strength of the anti-aliasing effect can be controlled using two other properties: `specularAntiAliasingVariance` and `specularAntiAliasingThreshold`. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { specularAntiAliasing : true } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Anti-aliasing: specularAntiAliasingVariance Type : `float` Value : A value between 0 and 1, set to 0.15 by default. Description : Sets the screen space variance of the filter kernel used when applying specular anti-aliasing. Higher values will increase the effect of the filter but may increase roughness in unwanted areas. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { specularAntiAliasingVariance : 0.2 } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Anti-aliasing: specularAntiAliasingThreshold Type : `float` Value : A value between 0 and 1, set to 0.2 by default. Description : Sets the clamping threshold used to suppress estimation errors when applying specular anti-aliasing. When set to 0, specular anti-aliasing is disabled. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JSON material { specularAntiAliasingThreshold : 0.1 } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ## Vertex block The vertex block is optional and can be used to control the vertex shading stage of the material. The vertex block must contain valid [ESSL 3.0](https://www.khronos.org/registry/OpenGL/specs/es/3.0/GLSL_ES_Specification_3.00.pdf) code (the version of GLSL supported in OpenGL ES 3.0). You are free to create multiple functions inside the vertex block but you **must** declare the `materialVertex` function: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL vertex { void materialVertex(inout MaterialVertexInputs material) { // vertex shading code } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This function will be invoked automatically at runtime by the shading system and gives you the ability to read and modify material properties using the `MaterialVertexInputs` structure. This full definition of the structure can be found in the Material vertex inputs section. You can use this structure to compute your custom variables/interpolants or to modify the value of the attributes. For instance, the following vertex blocks modifies both the color and the UV coordinates of the vertex over time: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL material { requires : [uv0, color] } vertex { void materialVertex(inout MaterialVertexInputs material) { material.color *= sin(getTime()); material.uv0 *= sin(getTime()); } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In addition to the `MaterialVertexInputs` structure, your vertex shading code can use all the public APIs listed in the Shader public APIs section. ### Material vertex inputs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL struct MaterialVertexInputs { float4 color; // if the color attribute is required float2 uv0; // if the uv0 attribute is required float2 uv1; // if the uv1 attribute is required float3 worldNormal; // only if the shading model is not unlit float4 worldPosition; // always available (see note below about world-space) mat4 clipSpaceTransform; // default: identity, transforms the clip-space position // variable* names are replaced with actual names float4 variable0; // if 1 or more variables is defined float4 variable1; // if 2 or more variables is defined float4 variable2; // if 3 or more variables is defined float4 variable3; // if 4 or more variables is defined }; ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ !!! TIP: worldPosition To achieve good precision, the `worldPosition` coordinate in the vertex shader is shifted by the camera position. To get the true world-space position, users can add this to `getWorldOffset()`. !!! TIP: UV attributes By default the vertex shader of a material will flip the Y coordinate of the UV attributes of the current mesh: `material.uv0 = vec2(mesh_uv0.x, 1.0 - mesh_uv0.y)`. You can control this behavior using the `flipUV` property and setting it to `false`. ## Fragment block The fragment block must be used to control the fragment shading stage of the material. The vertex block must contain valid [ESSL 3.0](https://www.khronos.org/registry/OpenGL/specs/es/3.0/GLSL_ES_Specification_3.00.pdf) code (the version of GLSL supported in OpenGL ES 3.0). You are free to create multiple functions inside the vertex block but you **must** declare the `material` function: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); // fragment shading code } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This function will be invoked automatically at runtime by the shading system and gives you the ability to read and modify material properties using the `MaterialInputs` structure. This full definition of the structure can be found in the Material fragment inputs section. The full definition of the various members of the structure can be found in the Material models section of this document. The goal of the `material()` function is to compute the material properties specific to the selected shading model. For instance, here is a fragment block that creates a glossy red metal using the standard lit shading model: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { prepareMaterial(material); material.baseColor.rgb = vec3(1.0, 0.0, 0.0); material.metallic = 1.0; material.roughness = 0.0; } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### prepareMaterial function Note that you **must** call `prepareMaterial(material)` before exiting the `material()` function. This `prepareMaterial` function sets up the internal state of the material mdoel. Some of the APIs described in the Fragment APIs section - like `shading_normal` for instance - can only be accessed _after_ invoking `prepareMaterial()`. It is also important to remember that the `normal` property - as described in the Material fragment inputs section - only has an effect when modified _before_ calling `prepareMaterial()`. Here is an example of a fragment shader that properly modifies the `normal` property to implement a glossy red plastic with bump mapping: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL fragment { void material(inout MaterialInputs material) { // fetch the normal in tangent space vec3 normal = texture(materialParams_normalMap, getUV0()).xyz; material.normal = normal * 2.0 - 1.0; // prepare the material prepareMaterial(material); // from now on, shading_normal, etc. can be accessed material.baseColor.rgb = vec3(1.0, 0.0, 0.0); material.metallic = 0.0; material.roughness = 1.0; } } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ### Material fragment inputs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL struct MaterialInputs { float4 baseColor; // default: float4(1.0) float4 emissive; // default: float4(0.0) float4 postLightingColor; // default: float4(0.0) // no other field is available with the unlit shading model float roughness; // default: 1.0 float metallic; // default: 0.0, not available with cloth or specularGlossiness float reflectance; // default: 0.5, not available with cloth or specularGlossiness float ambientOcclusion; // default: 0.0 // not available when the shading model is subsurface or cloth float clearCoat; // default: 1.0 float clearCoatRoughness; // default: 0.0 float3 clearCoatNormal; // default: float3(0.0, 0.0, 1.0) float anisotropy; // default: 0.0 float3 anisotropyDirection; // default: float3(1.0, 0.0, 0.0) // only available when the shading model is subsurface or refraction is enabled float thickness; // default: 0.5 // only available when the shading model is subsurface float subsurfacePower; // default: 12.234 float3 subsurfaceColor; // default: float3(1.0) // only available when the shading model is cloth float3 sheenColor; // default: sqrt(baseColor) float3 subsurfaceColor; // default: float3(0.0) // only available when the shading model is specularGlossiness float3 specularColor; // default: float3(0.0) float glossiness; // default: 0.0 // not available when the shading model is unlit // must be set before calling prepareMaterial() float3 normal; // default: float3(0.0, 0.0, 1.0) // only available when refraction is enabled float transmission; // default: 1.0 float3 absorption; // default float3(0.0, 0.0, 0.0) float ior; // default: 1.5 float microThickness; // default: 0.0, not available with refractionType "solid" } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ## Shader public APIs ### Types While GLSL types can be used directly (`vec4` or `mat4`) we recommend the use of the following type aliases: Name | GLSL type | Description :--------------------------------|:------------:|:------------------------------------ **bool2** | bvec2 | A vector of 2 booleans **bool3** | bvec3 | A vector of 3 booleans **bool4** | bvec4 | A vector of 4 booleans **int2** | ivec2 | A vector of 2 integers **int3** | ivec3 | A vector of 3 integers **int4** | ivec4 | A vector of 4 integers **uint2** | uvec2 | A vector of 2 unsigned integers **uint3** | uvec3 | A vector of 3 unsigned integers **uint4** | uvec4 | A vector of 4 unsigned integers **float2** | float2 | A vector of 2 floats **float3** | float3 | A vector of 3 floats **float4** | float4 | A vector of 4 floats **float4x4** | mat4 | A 4x4 float matrix **float3x3** | mat3 | A 3x3 float matrix ### Math Name | Type | Description :-----------------------------------------|:--------:|:------------------------------------ **PI** | float | A constant that represent $\pi$ **HALF_PI** | float | A constant that represent $\frac{\pi}{2}$ **saturate(float x)** | float | Clamps the specified value between 0.0 and 1.0 **pow5(float x)** | float | Computes $x^5$ **sq(float x)** | float | Computes $x^2$ **max3(float3 v)** | float | Returns the maximum value of the specified `float3` **mulMat4x4Float3(float4x4 m, float3 v)** | float4 | Returns $m * v$ **mulMat3x3Float3(float4x4 m, float3 v)** | float4 | Returns $m * v$ ### Matrices Name | Type | Description :-----------------------------------|:--------:|:------------------------------------ **getViewFromWorldMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from world space to view/eye space **getWorldFromViewMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from view/eye space to world space **getClipFromViewMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from view/eye space to clip (NDC) space **getViewFromClipMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from clip (NDC) space to view/eye space **getClipFromWorldMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from world to clip (NDC) space **getWorldFromClipMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from clip (NDC) space to world space ### Frame constants Name | Type | Description :-----------------------------------|:--------:|:------------------------------------ **getResolution()** | float4 | Resolution of the view in pixels: `width`, `height`, `1 / width`, `1 / height` **getWorldCameraPosition()** | float3 | Position of the camera/eye in world space **getWorldOffset()** | float3 | The shift required to obtain API-level world space **getTime()** | float | Current time in seconds, may be reset regularly to avoid precision loss **getUserTime()** | float4 | Current time in seconds: `time`, `(double)time - time`, `0`, `0` **getUserTimeMode(float m)** | float | Current time modulo m in seconds **getExposure()** | float | Photometric exposure of the camera **getEV100()** | float | [Exposure value at ISO 100](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value) of the camera !!! TIP: world space To achieve good precision, the "world space" in Filament's shading system does not necessarily match the API-level world space. To obtain the position of the API-level camera, custom materials can add `getWorldOffset()` to `getWorldCameraPosition()`. ### Vertex only The following APIs are only available from the vertex block: Name | Type | Description :------------------------------------|:--------:|:------------------------------------ **getPosition()** | float4 | Vertex position in the domain defined by the material (default: object/model space) **getCustom0()** to **getCustom7()** | float4 | Custom vertex attribute **getWorldFromModelMatrix()** | float4x4 | Matrix that converts from model (object) space to world space **getWorldFromModelNormalMatrix()** | float3x3 | Matrix that converts normals from model (object) space to world space ### Fragment only The following APIs are only available from the fragment block: Name | Type | Description :-----------------------------------|:--------:|:------------------------------------ **getWorldTangentFrame()** | float3x3 | Matrix containing in each column the `tangent` (`frame[0]`), `bi-tangent` (`frame[1]`) and `normal` (`frame[2]`) of the vertex in world space. If the material does not compute a tangent space normal for bump mapping or if the shading is not anisotropic, only the `normal` is valid in this matrix. **getWorldPosition()** | float3 | Position of the fragment in world space (see note below about world-space) **getWorldViewVector()** | float3 | Normalized vector in world space from the fragment position to the eye **getWorldNormalVector()** | float3 | Normalized normal in world space, after bump mapping (must be used after `prepareMaterial()`) **getWorldGeometricNormalVector()** | float3 | Normalized normal in world space, before bump mapping (can be used before `prepareMaterial()`) **getWorldReflectedVector()** | float3 | Reflection of the view vector about the normal (must be used after `prepareMaterial()`) **getNdotV()** | float | The result of `dot(normal, view)`, always strictly greater than 0 (must be used after `prepareMaterial()`) **getColor()** | float4 | Interpolated color of the fragment, if the color attribute is required **getUV0()** | float2 | First interpolated set of UV coordinates, only available if the uv0 attribute is required **getUV1()** | float2 | First interpolated set of UV coordinates, only available if the uv1 attribute is required **getMaskThreshold()** | float | Returns the mask threshold, only available when `blending` is set to `masked` **inverseTonemap(float3)** | float3 | Applies the inverse tone mapping operator to the specified linear sRGB color and returns a linear sRGB color. This operation may be an approximation **inverseTonemapSRGB(float3)** | float3 | Applies the inverse tone mapping operator to the specified non-linear sRGB color and returns a linear sRGB color. This operation may be an approximation **luminance(float3)** | float | Computes the luminance of the specified linear sRGB color **ycbcrToRgb(float, float2)** | float3 | Converts a luminance and CbCr pair to a sRGB color **uvToRenderTargetUV(float2)** | float2 | Transforms a UV coordinate to allow sampling from a `RenderTarget` attachment !!! TIP: world space To obtain API-level world space coordinates, custom materials should add `getWorldOffset()` to `getWorldPosition()` (et al). !!! TIP: sampling from render targets When sampling from a `filament::Texture` that is attached to a `filament::RenderTarget` for materials in the surface domain, please use `uvToRenderTargetUV` to transform the texture coordinate. This will flip the coordinate depending on which backend is being used. # Compiling materials Material packages can be compiled from material definitions using the command line tool called `matc`. The simplest way to use `matc` is to specify an input material definition (`car_paint.mat` in the example below) and an output material package (`car_paint.filamat` in the example below): ```text $ matc -o ./materials/bin/car_paint.filamat ./materials/src/car_paint.mat ``` ## Shader validation `matc` attempts to validate shaders when compiling a material package. The example below shows an example of an error message generated when compiling a material definition containing a typo in the fragment shader (`metalic` instead of `metallic`). The reported line numbers are line numbers in the source material definition file. ```text ERROR: 0:13: 'metalic' : no such field in structure ERROR: 0:13: '' : compilation terminated ERROR: 2 compilation errors. No code generated. Could not compile material metal.mat ``` ## Flags The command line flags relevant to application development are described in table [matcFlags]. Flag | Value | Usage -------------------------------:|:------------------:|:--------------------- **-o**, **--output** | [path] | Specify the output file path **-p**, **--platform** | desktop/mobile/all | Select the target platform(s) **-a**, **--api** | opengl/vulkan/all | Specify the target graphics API **-S**, **--optimize-size** | N/A | Optimize compiled material for size instead of just performance **-r**, **--reflect** | parameters | Outputs the specified metadata as JSON **-v**, **--variant-filter** | [variant] | Filters out the specified, comma-separated variants [Table [matcFlags]: List of `matc` flags] `matc` offers a few other flags that are irrelevant to application developers and for internal use only. ### --platform By default, `matc` generates material packages containing shaders for all supported platforms. If you wish to reduce the size of your material packages, it is recommended to select only the appropriate target platform. For instance, to compile a material package for Android only, run the following command: ```text $ matc -p mobile -o ./materials/bin/car_paint.filamat ./materials/src/car_paint.mat ``` ### --api By default, `matc` generates material packages containing shaders for the OpenGL API. You can choose to generate shaders for the Vulkan API in addition to the OpenGL shaders. If you intend on targeting only Vulkan capable devices, you can reduce the size of the material packages by generating only the set of Vulkan shaders: ```text $ matc -a vulkan -o ./materials/bin/car_paint.filamat ./materials/src/car_paint.mat ``` ### --optimize-size This flag applies fewer optimization techniques to try and keep the final material as small as possible. If the compiled material is deemed too large by default, using this flag might be a good compromise between runtime performance and size. ### --reflect This flag was designed to help build tools around `matc`. It allows you to print out specific metadata in JSON format. The example below prints out the list of parameters defined in Filament's standard skybox material. It produces a list of 2 parameters, named `showSun` and `skybox`, respectively a boolean and a cubemap texture. ```text $ matc --reflect parameters filament/src/materials/skybox.mat { "parameters": [ { "name": "showSun", "type": "bool", "size": "1" }, { "name": "skybox", "type": "samplerCubemap", "format": "float", "precision": "default" } ] } ``` ### --variant-filter This flag can be used to further reduce the size of a compiled material. It is used to specify a list of shader variants that the application guarantees will never be needed. These shader variants are skipped during the code generation phase of `matc`, thus reducing the overall size of the material. The variants must be specified as a comma-separated list, using one of the following available variants: - `directionalLighting`, used when a directional light is present in the scene - `dynamicLighting`, used when a non-directional light (point, spot, etc.) is present in the scene - `shadowReceiver`, used when an object can receive shadows - `skinning`, used when an object is animated using GPU skinning or vertex morphing Example: ``` --variant-filter=skinning,shadowReceiver ``` Note that some variants may automatically be filtered out. For instance, all lighting related variants (`directionalLighting`, etc.) are filtered out when compiling an `unlit` material. When this flag is used, the specified variant filters are merged with the variant filters specified in the material itself. Use this flag with caution, filtering out a variant required at runtime may lead to crashes. # Handling colors ## Linear colors If the color data comes from a texture, simply make sure you use an sRGB texture to benefit from automatic hardware conversion from sRGB to linear. If the color data is passed as a parameter to the material you can convert from sRGB to linear by running the following algorithm on each color channel: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL float sRGB_to_linear(float color) { return color <= 0.04045 ? color / 12.92 : pow((color + 0.055) / 1.055, 2.4); } ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Alternatively you can use one of the two cheaper but less accurate versions shown below: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL // Cheaper linearColor = pow(color, 2.2); // Cheapest linearColor = color * color; ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ## Pre-multiplied alpha A color uses pre-multiplied alpha if its RGB components are multiplied by the alpha channel: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GLSL // Compute pre-multiplied color color.rgb *= color.a; ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If the color is sampled from a texture, you can simply ensure that the texture data is pre-multiplied ahead of time. On Android, any texture uploaded from a [Bitmap](https://developer.android.com/reference/android/graphics/Bitmap.html) will be pre-multiplied by default.