Materials, Textures, and Utility Nodes / Maya

This section references all materials, textures and utility nodes supported in Verge3D for Maya.

Surface Shaders

Standard Surface

This shader can represent many real-world materials (such as metals, plastics, glass, wood, textile etc) by using physically-based shading model.

Maya Standard Surface shader

The following Standard Surface settings are supported in Verge3D:

Base Panel

Specular Panel

Transmission Panel

Coat Panel

Sheen Panel

Emission Panel

Geometry Panel

Additional Verge3D Settings

You can tweak your Standard Surface materials by using the following settings located on Verge3D panel:

Verge3D custom material settings
Alpha Mode
Select transparency mode: Auto, Opaque, Blend, Mask, Coverage, or Add. See transparency guide for more info.
Two Sided
Make your material two-sided. By default, Verge3D renders only front side of materials, enable this option to render their reverse side as well.
Depth Write
Render material depth in depth buffer. Disable this option for transparent materials to make them rendered in additive manner.
Depth Test
Perform depth test calculations when rendering your material. Disabling depth test is useful when rendering objects inside semi-transparent objects to prevent them from being culled by the covering objects.
Reduce banding artifacts by using pixel dithering.
glTF 2.0 Compatible
Force the material to be glTF 2.0 compatible. See the following guide for more information.


Basic yet highly efficient node which can be used to represent materials with no specular reflections.

Maya Lambert shader

The following Lambert settings are supported in Verge3D:

Verge3D settings are also supported, see above for more info.

Blinn, Phong, Phong E

In Verge3D, these materials will be approximated by the PBR shading model, thus they might look differently compared to Maya Viewport.

Maya Blinn, Phong, and Phong E shaders

Surface Shader

Use this shader node to create fully-customizable materials. Basically, it just transfers Out Color parameter to the renderer as is.

Maya Surface Shader node

2D Textures


Create bulge pattern. Read more here.


Create checkerboard pattern. Read more here.


Create cloth pattern. Read more here.


Read texture from file. See more info here.

Maya File node


Create grid pattern. Read more here.


Create 2D noise pattern. Perlin Noise type is the only supported.


Procedural gradient texture. Read more here.

Environment Textures

Env Sphere

Map input texture image by using equirectangular projection. This node is useful to simulate metallic surfaces without having to use complex (and compute-intensive) physically-based shading algorithms. For example, you can connect it to the Surface Shader node:

Maya Env Sphere node

Other Textures

Layered Texture

Used to create multi-layered textures. Read more here.

Utility Nodes

Add Double Linear

Calculate the sum of two input values. Since double-precision values are not supported in WebGL, this node works exactly like Add operation in the Float Math node.

Add Matrix

Calculate sum of input matrices.

Blend Colors

Blend Color 1 and Color 2 using the Blender factor.

Bump 2d

This node is used to apply bump and normal maps to low-poly geometry to increase its detalization.

Using Bump 2d node in Maya's materials

Verge3D supports only Bump and Tangent Space Normals maps (set by Use As parameter). Read more about bump and normal mapping in Maya here.


Clamp Input between Min and Max.

Compose Matrix

This node composes a 4x4 matrix from the given translation, rotation, and scale components. Shear input is not supported.


Compare First Term with Second Term and select Color If True or Color If False based on the result of comparison. Read more here.

Decompose Matrix

Decompose input matrix to components. Read more here.

Four By Four Matrix

This node is used to compose a 4x4 matrix from 16 float values.

Gamma Correct

Perform gamma correction in input value:

OutValue = Value1/γ

Inverse Matrix

Inverts the given 4x4 matrix.


Convert input color to grayscale value. The conversion formula is:

Luminance = 0.3*R + 0.59*G + 0.11*B

Multiply Divide

Perform Multiply, Divide, or Power operation on input values.

Mult Double Linear

Multiply two input values. Since double-precision values are not supported in WebGL, this node works exactly like Multiply operation in the Multiply Divide node.

Mult Matrix

Multiply two or more matrices. In Verge3D, you can multiply no more than 3 matrices using the single Mult Matrix node.

2d Placement

Output 2D texture coordinates (UV). Read more here.


Reverse vector or color:

Output = 1 - Input

Sampler Info

Output info about rendered pixel. Read more here.

Set Range

Remap input Value. Read more here.

Transpose Matrix

Transpose the given 4x4 matrix.

Unit Conversion

Convert units of the input value. Read more here.

Vector Product

Calculate Dot Product, Cross Product, Vector Matrix Product, or Point Matrix Product from the input vectors. Read more here.

Weighted Add Matrix

Calculate a weighted sum of the input matrices. Read more here.

LookdevKit Utility Nodes

Make sure you have LookdevKit plug-in enabled before using any of these nodes.

Enabling LookdevKit plugin in Maya


Remap channels in the input color (and alpha). Read more here.

Color Composite

Perform various composite operations on input colors (and alphas): Add, Subtract, Mix, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Difference, Dodge, Burn. For more explanations please refer to the Maya's docs.

Color Condition

Check whether the input Condition is true or false, and pass corresponding Color/Alpha value as output. Read here for more info.

Color Constant

Output specified Color and Alpha values.

Color Logic

Perform math operation on input colors and set the Out Bool value in accordance.

Color Mask

Apply color mask to input color/alpha. Read more about this node here.

Color Math

Perform math operation on input colors/alphas: add, subtract, multiply, divide, min, max.

Float Composite

Perform various composite operations on input values: Add, Subtract, Mix, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Difference, Dodge, Burn. For more explanations please refer to the Maya's docs.

Float Condition

Check whether the input Condition is true or false, and pass corresponding value as output. Read here for more info.

Float Constant

Output specified float value.

Float Logic

Perform math operation on input values and set the Out Bool value in accordance.

Float Mask

Apply mask to input value. Read more here.

Float Math

Perform math operation on input values: add, subtract, multiply, divide, min, max, or power.


Premultiply RGB color channels by alpha.


Unpremultiply (divide) RGB color channels by alpha.

Arnold Nodes


This shader comes with Arnold for Maya (MtoA) and is very similar to Standard Surface shader which was introduced in Maya 2020.

Since Standard Surface is better supported in Maya viewport and does not require Arnold plug-in to be installed, we recommend using it over aiStandardSurface. The only reason to stick with Arnold version is preserving compatibility with your existing scenes.

Maya aiStandardSurface shader


Calculate absolute value of the input color/vector.


Calculate sum of the colors/vectors.


Calculate 2-argument arctangent of input vectors. See more here.


Create checkerboard pattern. Verge3D supports all aiCheckerboard properties except Filter Strength and Filter Offset.


Compare input values. See more here.


Complement input color. This node works similarly to the reverse node.

Output = 1 - Input


Calculate cross product from input vectors.


Divide Input 1 by Input 2.


Calculate dot product from input vectors.


Calculate natural exponentiation of the Input color.


Calculate facing ratio of the rendered pixel, e.g a dot product between the shading normal and the camera direction. Bias, Gain, Linear, and Invert params are not supported.


Basic shader which works similarly to Surface Shader. It passes input Color value to Out Color as is.


Calculate input's fractional part, for example:

[1.5,2.25,3.33]  becomes  [0.5,0.25,0.33]


Check if the input value is finite, i.e. is not a floating point infinity.


Calculate input vector length.


Calculate a logarithm of the Input value in the base of the Base value.


Calculate the maximum of the two input values.


Calculate the minimum of the two input values.


Mix the two input shaders using the Mix Weight value. For this node both blend and add mix modes are supported. Add Transparency checker is not supported.


Compute Input value modulo Divisor value.


Multiply two inputs.


Negate input value.


Normalize input vector.


Modify input Normal according to normal map passed as Input parameter and Tangent vector. See more info on how to use this node here.


Node to create custom OSL shaders.


Calculate Base value raised to the power of the Exponent value.


When used in combination with aiSkyDomeLight, this node splits rendering of the camera background and environment lighting. Node tree connected to the Camera input will be used for background while Diffuse Reflection will be used for environment.

Maya aiRaySwitch shader

This node setup is supported neither in Maya viewport nor in the Arnold renderer. Preview your scene in Verge3D to see how it works.


Calculate reciprocal value of the Input value:

Out Color = 1 / Input


In Verge3D this node is used to cut out 3D objects as well as to apply colored semi-transparent shadows over the scene background.

Example usage of the aiShadowMatte shader node


Calculate sign of the Input value.


Used to create image-based environment lighting. See the Lighting and Rendering section for more info.


Calculate square root of the input value.


Subtract Input 2 from Input 1.


Calculate trigonometric function of the Input value.


Render Front input on the front side and Back on the back side of the geometry.

aiTwoSided node in Maya

Performance Considerations

Being the only choice for creating nice and realistic renders, Standard Surface (or aiStandardSurface) nevertheless require more computing power from your GPU and slows down app loading. This is especially true for scenes with lots of such materials.

To improve performance you can tweak Texture Resolution or IBL Environment Mode property.

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