MeshMatcapMaterial is defined by a MatCap (or Lit Sphere) texture, which encodes the material color and shading.

MeshMatcapMaterial does not respond to lights since the matcap image file encodes baked lighting. It will cast a shadow onto an object that receives shadows (and shadow clipping works), but it will not self-shadow or receive shadows.


MeshMatcapMaterial(parameters : Object)

parameters - (optional) an object with one or more properties defining the material's appearance. Any property of the material (including any property inherited from Material) can be passed in here.

The exception is the property color, which can be passed in as a hexadecimal string and is 0xffffff (white) by default. Color.set(color) is called internally.


See the base Material class for common properties.

.alphaMap : Texture

The alpha map is a grayscale texture that controls the opacity across the surface (black: fully transparent; white: fully opaque). Default is null.

Only the color of the texture is used, ignoring the alpha channel if one exists. For RGB and RGBA textures, the WebGL renderer will use the green channel when sampling this texture due to the extra bit of precision provided for green in DXT-compressed and uncompressed RGB 565 formats. Luminance-only and luminance/alpha textures will also still work as expected.

.bumpMap : Texture

The texture to create a bump map. The black and white values map to the perceived depth in relation to the lights. Bump doesn't actually affect the geometry of the object, only the lighting. If a normal map is defined this will be ignored.

.bumpScale : Float

How much the bump map affects the material. Typical ranges are 0-1. Default is 1.

.color : Color

Color of the material, by default set to white (0xffffff).

.displacementMap : Texture

The displacement map affects the position of the mesh's vertices. Unlike other maps which only affect the light and shade of the material the displaced vertices can cast shadows, block other objects, and otherwise act as real geometry. The displacement texture is an image where the value of each pixel (white being the highest) is mapped against, and repositions, the vertices of the mesh.

.displacementScale : Float

How much the displacement map affects the mesh (where black is no displacement, and white is maximum displacement). Without a displacement map set, this value is not applied. Default is 1.

.displacementBias : Float

The offset of the displacement map's values on the mesh's vertices. Without a displacement map set, this value is not applied. Default is 0.

.map : Texture

The color map. Default is null. The texture map color is modulated by the diffuse .color.

.matcap : Texture

The matcap map. Default is null.

.morphNormals : Boolean

Defines whether the material uses morphNormals. Set as true to pass morphNormal attributes from the Geometry to the shader. Default is false.

.morphTargets : Boolean

Define whether the material uses morphTargets. Default is false.

.normalMap : Texture

The texture to create a normal map. The RGB values affect the surface normal for each pixel fragment and change the way the color is lit. Normal maps do not change the actual shape of the surface, only the lighting. In case the material has a normal map authored using the left handed convention, the y component of normalScale should be negated to compensate for the different handedness.

.normalMapType : Integer

The type of normal map.

Options are v3d.TangentSpaceNormalMap (default), and v3d.ObjectSpaceNormalMap.

.normalScale : Vector2

How much the normal map affects the material. Typical ranges are 0-1. Default is a Vector2 set to (1,1).

.skinning : Boolean

Define whether the material uses skinning. Default is false.


See the base Material class for common methods.


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