Easy way to organize, apply and reuse PBR textures on Blender

In this short tutorial, you will learn an easy PBR texturing workflow. It involves using the awesome Poliigon Material Converter Blender addon.

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Step 1: Organize your PBR texture maps

  • Create a folder and name it ‘Textures’
  • The material converter is designed to function only when it detects materials that have a complete set of maps and will give an error warning if one or more of these maps is missing or not named properly. Rename your texture maps as follows:
Texture MapReplace ‘Texture name’ and ‘1K’ with your actual values
Color / DiffuseTexture name_COL_1K
Reflection / SpecularTexture name_REFL_1K
Normal mapTexture name_NRM_1K
Gloss / RoughnessTexture name_GLOSS_1K
Displacement mapTexture name_DISP_1K
Alpha + Diffuse (PNG or TIF)Texture name_ ALPHAMASKED_1K
Sub Surface ScatteringTexture name_ SSS_1K
Ambient OcclusionTexture name_AO_1K
MetalnessTexture name_METALNESS_1K
OverlaysTexture name_OVERLAY_1K
Table guiding you how to name your texture maps to work with Poliigon Material Converter

Step 2: Install Poliigon Material Converter to Blender

  1. Download Poliigon Material Converter Addon from https://s3.amazonaws.com/direct.poliigon.com/assets/poliigon-material-converter-blender.zip (DO NOT unzip the file, just note where it has been saved.)
  2. Open Blender then go to the Edit menu -> User preferences.
  3. Click on the Add-ons tab, then click Install Addon.
  4. Navigate to where you saved the .zip file and select it.
  5. Click on the check-box to enable the converter and, click on Save User Settings to have it always enabled when Blender launches.

Step 3: Apply your PBR texture to your model

  • Select your model, go to Blender’s Materials Tab and scroll to Poliigon Material Converter Tab.
  • Click on the folder icon (marked in red on the image below) to go to the folder where you saved your texture maps.
Blender animation software material tab
Poliigon Material Converter tab in Blender
  • Poliigon Material Converter will automatically generate a list of all textures in the folder you selected. And create a thumbnail preview of any texture you select from the list.
Poliigon Material Converter Addon Tab in Blender
Poliigon Material Converter tab in Blender
  • Select your model on the viewport and click the ‘Load & Apply Material’ button.
  • Poliigon Material Converter will generate a node setup that is accessible via the blender Shader Editor window. Adjust the values to your liking and you are done.
Node setup generated by Poliigon Material Converter Blender Addon
Node setup generated by Poliigon Material Converter
  • Click the button marked in red so Blender remembers your textures folder path every time you start.
Poliigon Material Converter Addon Tab in Blender
Poliigon Material Converter tab in Blender

Reusing your texture maps using Poliigon Material Converter

  • Simply start Blender and select your model.
  • Go to the Poliigon Material Converter panel under Blender materials tab. Select the texture you wish to use from the list and click the ‘Load & Apply Material’ button.

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