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Greyscalegorilla releases Tactile 3D materials library

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Greyscalegorilla has launched Tactile, a 3D materials library created for Cinema 4D, with 210 next-generation physically based rendering (PBR) materials for realistic renders.

The new materials, available now for Greyscalegorilla Plus subscribers, will be divided into five collections – clay fine, clay rough, clay sculpting, clay doh, and unfinished wood.

Tactile should provide 3D designers, architectural visualisation artists, product and interior design artists, and motion graphic designers with PBR materials that aim to set a new standard in realism, and allow them to produce realistic renders in Cinema 4D using Redshift, Octane, and Arnold.

“While Greyscalegorilla has always been creating best-in-class 3D materials and assets, Tactile is a major step forward in realism and detail,” said Greyscalegorilla CEO Nick Campbell.

Greyscale gorilla Tactile Wood Blocks
Greyscalegorilla Tactile library offers a range of unfinished wood materials as well as over 200 clay

“We’re setting a new bar for material quality that 3D artists won’t even realise they’ve been missing till they see it. Tactile materials look so real, you can practically feel them. We’ve been blown away by how real these materials look in our renders, and we can’t wait for the Greyscalegorilla community to use them in their work.”

“We’ve scoured the globe bringing together thematic, visually cohesive collections that set a new standard for 3D materials,” commented Greyscalegorilla creative director Chad Ashley.

“We’ve developed a new method for creating these materials, starting with beautifully characteristic wood and clay, and have been able to capture not just the superficial surface details, but a true representation of the physical nature of the material – all the dips, rises, and particular features that make each material unique.”


The Tactile library was developed to incorporate standard material channels like diffuse, normal, and roughness, but also captures elusive real-world properties, like translucency, displacement, and optical reflectance, to reveal surface properties not visible to the naked eye, which should result in improved realism.

Greyscalegorilla Tactile ClayGrid
Wood and clays materials were developed to capture not only surface details, but also the physical nature of the material

“Maxon’s community of 3D artists is consistently pushing the boundaries of creative possibilities, from reality-bending creations to photorealistic designs,” said David McGavran, CEO of Maxon, which develops Cinema 4D.

“Through their plugins and materials, Greyscalegorilla, a longtime friend and partner of Maxon, has become a reliable resource for helping Cinema 4D artists pull off incredible renders. Their Tactile Library will enable artists to achieve a new level of fidelity, whether they are designing for the real world or inventing something entirely new.”

Greyscaleforilla said Tactile is available to users with a Greyscalegorilla Plus membership, at £43.00 a month or £353.00 annually. Greyscalegorilla offers discounted licenses for students and teachers, teams of three or more, as well as a “floating” license option.

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