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Creating a new Material in C++

Hi everyone, I'm trying to build a program that, given a project path, would load at runtime a 3D scene. I've already done it using Unity 5, and I wanted to recreate the same product under Unreal to compare pros and cons. Right now I'm struggling creating a new material starting from some input parameters (i.e. the program reads a bool isReflective variable set true, and creates a new reflective material instance). Under Unity was quite easy because all I had to do was to load the proper shader, but I can't find any parallelism under Unreal.

 //Unity example
     Material mat = null;
     if (_transparency)
         mat = new Material(Shader.Find("Transparent/VertexLit"));

Is there any easy way to create a new material instance from Engine/Shaders or any other already existing resource using C++?

Product Version: UE 4.11
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asked May 16 '16 at 08:03 AM in C++ Programming

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avatar image Zarkopafilis May 16 '16 at 12:20 PM

Try using material instance / dynamic material instance instead

avatar image MarcoPari May 16 '16 at 12:35 PM

Thank you for the quick answer! My current approach is this one:

 UMaterial* TheMaterial = new UMaterial();
         UMaterialInstanceDynamic* mat;
         static ConstructorHelpers::FObjectFinder<UMaterial> Material(TEXT("Material'/Game/Materials/MyMaterial.MyMaterial'"));
         if (Material.Object != NULL)
             TheMaterial = (UMaterial*)Material.Object;
         mat = UMaterialInstanceDynamic::Create(TheMaterial, this);

. but running it gives me: FObjectInitializer::Get() can only be used inside of UObject-derived class constructor.

avatar image WHSolv Feb 28 '17 at 03:47 AM

I doubt if using new is a good idea. Try built-in constructors instead.

avatar image MarcoPari May 18 '16 at 08:34 AM

Now I've created a fake MyMaterial in the editor and acted,inside my custom actor, as suggested here:https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Dynamic_Load_Object . This is more like a stopgap than a solution since I always load the same material for all my meshes.. I'm still not able to create a new one from code.

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If anyone else needs to create material in c++ you can do it like this:

  UMaterial* UnrealMaterial = NewObject<UMaterial>();

you can also specify outer and a name and all that stuff. But what more interesting is that you can actually create material nodes in c++ and compile them. For example:

         UMaterialExpressionConstant3Vector * BaseColorFactorNode = NewObject<UMaterialExpressionConstant3Vector>(NewMaterial);
         BaseColorFactorNode->Constant = FColor::Red; //you can specify any color here;
             UnrealMaterial->BaseColor.Connect(0, BaseColorFactorNode);

This will create a material with a const vector3d parameter in your material. I don't know the limits of it, I only had to work with constants, textures and multiply nodes. Anyway, hope this help somebody.

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answered May 22 '18 at 01:24 PM

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avatar image Fish-1028 Sep 07 '18 at 09:01 AM

Hi, Can that work on Ingame?

avatar image MrMcKvarz Sep 07 '18 at 04:58 PM

Hi, no, I afraid it won't. This code is used by the editor when it created material from export files. It can't be done runtime. The way I did it was creating a material with parameters and some custom HLSL code to define behavior based on them(since standard material expressions don't have too many logical nodes).

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