PBRtist is a beautiful and easy to use tool to create materials in a Physically Based Rendering (PBR) workflow.

PBRtist on iMac Pro

Drag'n'drop an image onto the Scene View. Configure the material properties and export your PBR material in various formats for use in Blender, Cheetah3D, SceneKit and ARKit projects and other 3D applications.

Sounds easy? It's easy!


The Scene View

PBRtist displays your PBR material with an HDR background and environment lighting in the Scene View.

The Scene View

Map Editor

Use the Map Editor at the bottom of every document to configure the different maps used in your PBR material.

The Map Editor

Diffuse / Albedo Map

Normal Map

Metallic Map

Roughness Map

Occlusion Map

Material Inspector

The Material Inspector

The Material Inspector on the right side of each PBR document gives you full access to all possible material properties.

This Inspector works similar like the Scene Kit material editor from Apple's Xcode.

Expand a property to get access to various attributes.

Edit Material Properties

Export your PBR material

Blender Example

Blender Example

Cheetah3D Example

Cheetah3D Example

Export your materials in various formats:

  • Export your maps as separate PNG or JPEG images.
  • Scene Kit format (.scn) for use in SceneKit and ARKit projects.
  • Collada (.dae) file format for use in Blender and other 3D applications.
  • Cheetah3D (.c3dmat) file format for use in Cheetah3D.

Examples files for Blender and Cheetah3D are provided with PBRtist.

Feature List

Scene View

  • HDR Camera and Environment Lighting
  • Meshes: Rounded Box, Sphere, Cylinder, Torus, Vertical and Horizontal Plane
  • Free Orbit control
  • Rotatable Skybox
  • Adjust Exposure
  • Adjust Lighting Intensity
  • Print Scene View
  • Copy Snapshot Image

Map Editor

  • Diffuse/Albedo map
  • Normal map, Invert, Filter Variations
  • Metallness map, Invert
  • Roughness map, Invert
  • Ambient Occlusion map
  • Displacement map
  • Curve editor with 3 or 5 control points for every map
  • Contrast/Strength control
  • Sizeable popover for bigger map preview
  • Predefined curves: Linear, Inverse Linear, S-Curve, Inverted S-Curve, Roughness Curve, Ambient Occlusion Curve
  • Save and edit custom curves
  • Save single map image
  • Reset to default values
  • Copy & Paste for curves
  • Rearrange filter order by drag & drop
  • Resizable and collapsable Map Editor

Material Inspector

Edit material name and properties:

  • Diffuse
  • Metalness
  • Roughness
  • Normal
  • Transparent
  • Occlusion
  • Illumination
  • Emission
  • Displacement

Set attributes for each material property:

  • Color, float value or image
  • Intensity
  • Min filter: None, Nearest, Linear
  • Mag filter: None, Nearest, Linear
  • Mip filter: None, Nearest, Linear
  • WrapS/WrapT: Clamp, Repeat, Clamp to border, Mirror
  • Contents transform: Offset X/Y, Scale X/Y, Rotation
  • Components: All, Red, Green, Blue, Alpha

General Settings:

  • Transparency Mode: Default, RGB Zero, Single Layer, Double Layer
  • Lit per pixel on/off
  • Visibility Mode: Cull back, Cull front
  • Blend Mode: Alpha, Add, Substract, Multiply, Screen, Replace, Max
  • Double Sided on/off
  • Options: write/read depth, Lock ambient with diffuse
  • Write to Color: Red, Green, Blue and Alpha


  • Single Image Maps: Diffuse/Albedo, Normal, Metallness, Roughness, Ambient Occlusion as PNG or JPEG
  • SceneKit (.scn)
  • Collada (.dae)
  • Cheetah3D (.c3dmat)

and more...

  • Native document based macOS application
  • Tab bar for muliple documents
  • Supports dark mode (macOS Mojave)
  • Full Screen support
  • Help files
  • Example documents
  • Blender and Cheetah3D examples


You can download and try out PBRtist for free.

If you want to remove the watermark in the free version you'll need to purchase a license key from us.

System requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 or newer
  • Metal enabled device

How to install PBRtist on macOS:

  1. After downloading the DMG file for macOS, locate the file in Finder and double-click it to unarchive the app PBRtist.app.
  2. Copy the PBRtist.app to your Application folder.
  3. If you've purchased a copy of PBRtist enter the License Name and License Key sent to you via eMail in the text fields of the registration dialog PBRtist -> Register PBRtist...
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If you need any further information, feel free to contact us:

even-u software
Kurfuerstenstrasse 55
53115 Bonn

pbrtist (at) even-u (dot) com