Material preview pane context menu

These settings also appear on right-click context menus for the thumbnail previews and the thumbnail background.

Assign to Objects

Assigns the current material to selected objects.

Assign to Layers of Objects

Assigns the current material to the layers of selected objects.

Assign to Layers...

Assigns the current material to selected layers.

RenderAssignMaterialToLayer

Select Object(s)

Select objects that use the current material.


Create New Material

Creates a new material from a template.


Save to File

Saves a material to a Rhino .rmtl file.


Copy

Copies the selected item to the Clipboard. The Clipboard can then be pasted into the editor to create a new item.

Paste

Creates a new item based on the contents of the Clipboard.

Paste as Instance

Creates a new item based on the contents of the Clipboard that is linked to the original through instancing.


Delete

Deletes the selected material.

Reset to Defaults

Changes all of the item settings to the default.


Tags...

Pops up the Render Content Tag dialog to manage tags. Tags group or categorize items to make searching easier.

Filter By Tags

Hides the items that don't have the selected tags.

Remove Instancing

Removes the connection between instanced items.

Update Preview Now

Updates the preview of the selected item when auto-update is disabled.


Floating Preview

Floats the preview image in a resizable window.

Floating Editor

Edits the selected item in a separate dialog.


Thumbnails
Sphere
Cube
Cone
Pyramid
Torus
Plane
Scene

Show Labels

Displays thumbnail name labels when in Grid mode.

List mode always displays labels.

Show Units (3-D only)

Displays size in model units.

Auto-Update Preview

Automatically updates all previews as settings change.

Update All Previews

Update previews manually when Auto-Update Preview is off.


Properties

Opens the Preview Properties dialog box.

Preview thumbnail images and the background area between thumbnail images both have context menus.

Preview Properties

The preview properties settings control the appearance of the thumbnail images.

Geometry

These settings specify the geometry of the object that will display the material in the preview thumbnail.

Sphere
Pyramid
Cube
Torus
Cone
Plane
 
Scene
Size

Sets the unit size for the preview thumbnail.

Background

Controls the appearance of the thumbnail background.

None

The default gray environment is used.

Checkered

A gray checkered backdrop is used.

Studio

Custom

Uses an environment as the background.

Click to assign environment

Select an existing environment or create a new one.

Select Environment

The list of existing environments.

New

Create a new environment.

View

Controls the right-mouse drag object or camera rotation.

Rotate object

Right-mouse drag rotates the object.

Rotate camera

Right-mouse drag rotates the camera.

X angle

Sets the horizontal rotation angle for the object or camera.

Y angle

Sets the vertical rotation angle for the object or camera.

Lighting

Simple lighting

Uses the default lighting.

Skylighting

Uses the current skylighting settings.


Save as Defaults

Saves the thumbnail properties as the default settings.

Load from Defaults

Uses the default settings.


Close

Closes the large preview pane.