Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Material Manager
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

Edit Menu

Material list


Cut deletes the selected materials from the Material Manager and copies them to the clipboard. You can use the Paste function to retrieve the material from the clipboard, even if you have changed the active scene (i.e. you can paste between scenes).


You can quick-copy materials by using Drag & drop with the Ctrl-key held down. Drag the copy and drop it at the desired position in the material list. The first copy will be called name.1, the second copy will be called name.2 and so on.

Deletes the selected materials and copies them to the clipboard. The materials can be copied back from the clipboard with the Paste function


Inserts the materials that are stored in the clipboard (i.e. the last materials that were cut or copied there) into the active scene.


Deletes the selected materials without copying them to the clipboard. Alternatively, press the Backspace or Delete key.

Select All/ Deselect All

These commands select or deselect all materials.

You can choose to display the material icons as a vertical list. To revert to the original display mode, in the Material Manager, choose Edit / Material.

Material list
Layer Manager (compact)
Layer Manager (expanded/compact)
Layer Manager (expanded)
Layer Manager (active texture)

See Material Manager BodyPaint 3D.

Mini Icons
Small Icons
Medium Icons
Large Icons

Choose one of these settings to determine the size of the material previews (the default is Small).

Material Manager’s layer tabs in rows.>

Layers in Single Line

At left Material List enabled; at right disabled.

If many layer tabs are used, space for displaying materials can get tight. Enabling the Material List option will let you scroll through your list of materials.