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Displacement showcase

Three displacement methods exist, each with different accuracy, performance, and memory usage.

  • Bump Only
  • Displacement Only
  • Displacement and Bump

Displacement is the most accurate and memory intensive displacement method.

materialiq uses Displacement Only. Bumps Only and Displacement and Bump can be selected manually.

By default displacement is turned off to save memory and improve performance

Add Displacement

Add displacement showcase

Displacement related settings are available in the Displacement sub-panel of materialiq panel. Add displacement button opens settings, from which you can choose spawn type including displacement application ways, and blender settings.

Displacement is not supported on all the materials


There are two ways to apply displacement to an object -- Shader and Modifier. Check out more about Displacement in the Blender documentation.


The Displace modifier displaces vertices in a mesh based on intensity of a texture and the amountof polygons on the mesh.

Unlike with the shader, it is visible in viewport and applicable.

Displacement can degrade viewport performance

When applying Displacement to materials that use 8K textures your viewport performance may drop. We recommend being careful with using 8K textures and displacement.


The Displacement node displaces vertices in a mesh based on the intensity of a texture and adaptive subdivision.

Multi-user object data are currently converted to single users

This leads to increased memory usage. For those, it is better to use non-adaptive subdivision. Multi-view renders can have some inconsistencies between views.

Displacement dicing tab

Adaptive Subdivision

Detects the distance of the object from the camera position. Objects closer to the camera will be subdivided more than objects far from the camera. This is closely connected to the dicing rate. This gives you a big optimization advantage.

Dicing gif

Dicing rate

A multiplier of the scene dicing rate to determine the final size of Micropolygons in pixels.

  • 1.00 = 1 polygon per 1 pixel
  • 8.00 = 1 polygon per 8 pixels

In the image on the right side, you can see how dicing works


Example of dicing rate. Image from official Blender manual

Object mapping can cause problems with displacement

Possible Bug

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