Map to Material Conversion
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Slate Material Editor Material/Map Browser Map to Material Conversion

Strictly speaking, Map To Material Conversion is not a material in its own right, but a Slate Material Editor node that converts a MetaSL shader tree into a material you can use in 3ds Max scenes.

Map To Material node in the Slate Material Editor

To view a MetaSL material in viewports, you must use hardware shading: See Lighting and Shadows.

You can export a Map To Material node to an XMSL file: See Export MetaSL Material.


The interface to Map To Material Conversion consists of a single map input. Of course, the child of this node will typically be a tree built out of various MetaSL shaders.

MetaSL shader tree with Map To Material as the parent

Map check box

Toggles use of the shader tree. When off, the effect of the shaders is not visible in viewports or renderings. Default=on.

[map button]

Click to show the parameters for the shader node assigned to Convert Map To Material. If no shader is assigned (the button shows “None”) then clicking the button opens a Material/Map Browser so you can assign a shader: This is an alternative to wiring a shader node in the Slate Material Editor active View.