I was in the middle of making a silly little animation, something I obviously haven’t done in a very long time. When I became completely baffled. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to keyframe a material.
Now seriously, I know it has been a while, but I know I have done it before. I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to figure out why I couldn’t do it any more. I looked everywhere for the dang option, menu, shortcut etc. I even opened up an older version of Blender, thinking it was just broken in the version I was using. Nope, no material keyframing in older version either.
I know I have done this before.
Sigh, finally after messing with it off and on all day, I googled it. Should have done that right off the bat, first time it didn’t work.
It was so simple, I just about kicked myself. And of course, once I saw it, THEN I remembered having read about it way back when it changed. Double sigh!
So for all of you who haven’t tried to keyframe materials lately, here is the scoop.
- go to first frame you want to Keyframe, set color (diffuse, specular etc)
- hover mouse cursor over color picker box,
- Now hit “I” key to set keyframe
Very simple and very silly of me to have forgotten that now everything is keyframeable (spell checker says that isn’t a word, shows what they know 😛 ). So put your mouse cursor over any option setting box, push “I” key and you are good to go!
Whooot!, now back to silly animation.