Maya plugin / 25 Feb 2018
Maya plugin – Material Picker

Here’s a VRED inspired material picker for Maya. Because life it too short to use Hypershade.


Through my short career I’ve seen several people trying to make material picking and assignment in Maya more convenient, but I’ve never considered to tackle that topic myself.  Approximately one week ago Niklas Ekström asked me if I could program a tool for picking and assigning shaders like you do it in VRED.

If you don’t know VRED here’s the deal: You hold M key and click with left mouse button to pick a material from an object. To assign the material you hold M again and click the target object with right mouse button. Awesome right? So that’s exactly what Material Picker does with one small difference. In Maya the right mouse button is reserved for marking menus so Material Picker uses middle mouse button to assign shaders instead.

How to use Material Picker

First of all copy the plug-ins, prefs and scripts from the downloaded archive into your Maya folder (eg. C:\Users\Stepan\Documents\maya\2016\). Watch the video above this article to learn how to assign the Material Picker tool to a hotkey. You can use any other hotkey than M just try to avoid Alt, it seems to interfere with the tool.


  1. Carlos Vinicius

    22 Dec 2020 - 6:10 pm

    Can you make a 2020 Version aswell please?

    • Stepan Jirka

      22 Dec 2020 - 6:40 pm

      Hi Carlos,

      I’ll try to do that soon, I’ll see when I find some time.


      • Rick

        22 Jul 2021 - 4:14 pm

        Hi, I wish we have the 2020 version. Any news? Thanks 🙂

  2. Karol

    22 Dec 2020 - 11:40 am

    Hi, it works like a charm! Thank you so much, any chance for Maya 2020 support in the future? Thanks again, we really appreciate it!

    • Stepan Jirka

      22 Dec 2020 - 6:42 pm

      Hi Karol,

      I’ll try to do that soon.


      • Karol

        04 Jan 2021 - 10:59 am

        That would be amazing Stepan! Thanks a mill in advance.

  3. Kasi

    30 Oct 2019 - 12:44 pm

    Can you make a 2019 Version aswell please? Or is there a way i can do it myself? thanks in advance. looks like a super usefull tool!


    • Stepan Jirka

      31 Oct 2019 - 6:49 am

      Hi Kasi,

      the 2019 version is now included in the 0.2 release in the downloads.


      • Kasi

        14 Nov 2019 - 4:19 pm

        Hey Stepan,
        thanks alot! I wasn’t expecting such a fast answer and release 🙂
        2019 Release works like a charm!


  4. Georgi Stamenov

    13 Jun 2019 - 1:14 pm

    It doesn’t load in Maya 2018.6, any suggestions?

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