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Materials are used in conjunction with Mesh RenderersA mesh component that takes the geometry from the Mesh Filter and renders it at the position defined by the object’s Transform component. More info
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, Particle SystemsA component that simulates fluid entities such as liquids, clouds and flames by generating and animating large numbers of small 2D images in the scene. More info
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and other renderingThe process of drawing graphics to the screen (or to a render texture). By default, the main camera in Unity renders its view to the screen. More info
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components used in Unity. They play an essential part in defining how your object is displayed.

A typical Material inspector
A typical Material inspector

Properties

The properties that a Material’s inspectorA Unity window that displays information about the currently selected GameObject, Asset or Project Settings, alowing you to inspect and edit the values. More info
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displays are determined by the ShaderA small script that contains the mathematical calculations and algorithms for calculating the Color of each pixel rendered, based on the lighting input and the Material configuration. More info
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that the Material uses. A Shader is a specialized kind of graphical program that determines how texture and lighting information is combined to generate the pixelsThe smallest unit in a computer image. Pixel size depends on your screen resolution. Pixel lighting is calculated at every screen pixel. More info
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of the rendered GameObjectThe fundamental object in Unity scenes, which can represent characters, props, scenery, cameras, waypoints, and more. A GameObject’s functionality is defined by the Components attached to it. More info
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onscreen. See the documentation on Shaders for in-depth information about how Shaders are used in a Unity Project.

The standard ShaderA built-in shader for rendering real-world objects such as stone, wood, glass, plastic and metal. Supports a wide range of shader types and combinations. More info
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presents you with a list of material parameters. You can use these parameters to recreate the look of almost any real-world surface. For in-depth information on these material parameters, see the Material Parameters documentation.

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